41st President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “George Bush” on personal stationery from Houston, Texas, April 10, 2000, 6.25×8.5, in full:
Your wonderfully thoughtful letter just came across my desk, and I’m writing to say thank you.
Although I was never really interested in writing a memoir – historians can decide the ups and downs of my time in office – I did want to let others know about what I call ‘heartbeat’.
Kind words mean a lot to me these days, John, and yours were sure appreciated.
P.S. Thank you very much for your support of George W. He’s a good man and he won’t let you down.
On June 12, 1999, Bush’s son George W. Bush announced that he was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. The elder Bush, who maintained a very low profile during his son’s runs for president, responded forthrightly (and somewhat atypically) with a prediction on George W’s performance in office. He also declined to write a memoir, leaving assessments of his term in office to the historians.