Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton wished newly minted President Joe Biden success in his new role with a touching video that aired Wednesday night.
The former presidents gathered in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, to record the warm message for Biden, which aired during the “Celebrating America’ inauguration special.
“Mr. President, I’m pulling for your success. Your success is our country’s success and God bless you,” Bush says in the video.
“I’m glad you’re there and I wish you well,” Clinton says. “You have spoken to us today, now you will lead for us, and we’re ready to march with you. Good luck. God bless you.”
“Joe, I’m proud of you,” Obama said of his former vice president. “You and Kamala need to know you’ve got all of us here rooting for your success, keeping you in our prayers, and we will be available in any ways that we can as citizens to help you guide our country forward. We wish you Godspeed.”
Notably absent was former President Donald Trump, who refused to attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony.
Instead, he opted to have a farewell event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland early Wednesday. Trump and his family disembarked Air Force One for the last time when they landed in Palm Beach, Florida, his new permanent residence.