With Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: When George H.W. Bush departed the Oval Office in 1993, he left a gracious note for the man who had defeated him. “Your success now is our country’s success,” he wrote. “I am rooting hard for you.”
This gesture still touches Bill Clinton 25 years later. “No words of mine or others can better reveal the heart of who he was than those he wrote himself,” Clinton wrote in a tribute this weekend to an opponent who became a friend.
Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is sending quite a different message to the man who denied him a third term last month.
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New arrows wound the American notion of a peaceful transfer of power.