Dear Mr. President-Elect,
I am a lifelong member of the Democratic Party and was disappointed that our candidate lost the election. However, you deserve serious congratulations for having endured eighteen months of a very difficult campaign and for giving voice to a large segment of citizens whose frustration and grievance had not been fully heard. Responding to them is, I’m sure, a high priority on your policy agenda.
Many years ago, I swore allegiance to the same Constitution you will on January 20, 2017. At that moment, you will become my president, not my enemy. And I hope that is how you and your Administration will regard all Americans for the next four years.
During my thirty-plus years in the U.S. Foreign Service, I spent long tours in Washington working on foreign and national security policy. I have seen up close the incessant demands on the president for decisions and guidance on issues that often affect the lives of all Americans and billions of others around the globe. The presidency is, in my view, the most difficult, exhausting, taxing position held by any human being on Earth.
My responsibility as a citizen after Noon on January 21 is to offer honest support and advice to you to the fullest extent possible, within the constraints of my conscience and common sense.
My Party, as the loyal opposition, will have an even graver duty to perform. In the Congress, state legislatures and more broadly across the nation, it must seek to compromise, not obstruct, legislative proposals while conforming to the precepts of the Constitution and the people-centered principles upon which the party is based.
I wish you and your administration every success as you enter in challenging service to the people of the United States, the world, and our Constitution.