Former President Barack Obama receives so many letters from Americans worried about their country’s political climate, that he has crafted a letter to send them in response.
Encouraging people not to lose hope, he writes: “Our country’s progress has never followed a straight line – for every two steps forward, it often feels like we take one step back.”
He adds: “But I hope you’ll remember that the long sweep of America is defined by forward motion, and the course we chart from here depends on no one person alone.”
Mr Obama sends the letter to those who share concerns about the state of the country, or those who seek his perspective on the new administration, a spokesperson told Yahoo News, which first obtained the letter.
The former president accepts correspondence via his website and by regular post addressed to his office.
Mr Obama has largely stayed out.