While President Donald Trump continues to deny the outcome of the presidential election, former President George W. Bush sent a holiday card with a hopeful and pointed message.
The holiday card, obtained by CNN, features a painting of the Statue of Liberty created by Bush himself, who has become quite an artist since leaving the White House. The artwork in the card is titled “Beacon of Hope, 2020” and is part of Bush’s new art collection, meant to celebrate immigrants. “May the light of the holiday season shine bright in your heart now and throughout the New Year,” reads the inscription.
Bush was one of the first Republican figures to congratulate Joe Biden on his win this past November and has been critical of the Trump administration’s stance on immigrants. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic American symbols for hope, one of the first sights that greeted many immigrants as they entered the New York Harbor.
Inscribed on the statue, a poem, written by Emma Lazarus, commemorating the plight of immigrants: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
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But in 2019, an official from the Trump administration made modifications to the poem to reflect their case for limiting immigration: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” How charitable.
Bush was one of the first Republicans to call Biden and congratulate him on the results of the election. He said that while Trump had the right to ask for recounts, he believed the election results were fair.
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“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” said Bush. “The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”
You can read and view the holiday card here.