Felicitations
A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Writing to the President of the United States

If there’s one job I would never want – no way, no how – it’s that of a President.  Sure, we may think we could do a better job, but chances are we’d have our own set of haters.  There’s a reason Presidents go grey while abiding in the White House.  It’s a tough gig.  With that in mind, here are a few pointers when writing to the President of the United States.   

How to write

First of all, choose your modus operandi …

Email:

For obvious reasons, the President and First Lady – along with all the people who must sort through endless stacks of mail to weed out the riffraff – prefer email.  Simply visit the official website of the White House and fill out the form: 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT

Snailmail:


The second and more traditional method is, of course, a handwritten note.  It should be just that – a note. Avoid sending gifts of any kind.  If you are particularly appreciative of the work being done, consider paying it forward – give to a charity or volunteer.   If you wish, you can write of that in the message you send to this address:

The President of United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

What to write

Next, a bit on what to write: mainly, keep it concise and keep it composed.  Whether or not you agree with the President’s actions or policies is a moot point.  He is the President.  When you write to him, be respectful – even if you disagree.  This not only displays depth of character, it also provides a stronger platform from which to be heard.       

Greet:  Whenwriting to the President of the United States, the salutation is always the same:

Dear Mr. President,

Introduce yourself: You may know a thing or two about the President, but chances are he’s at a disadvantage when it comes to you.  To even out the playing field, let him know where you are coming from.  Do you represent a group or an organization?  Are you a father?  A concerned citizen?      

Jump to the point: From there, delve right into the reason you are writing.  Even a President who encourages communication does not have a lot of time on his hands.  Respect his time by keeping your communication brief and to the point. 

Close:  Your note to the President should close with a formal greeting:

Sincerely,

Respectfully,

Kind regards,

Include contact information: Finally, if you wish to receive a reply, include your full name, physical address, and your email.  This will go after the signature on a handwritten note.   If you are using the email form, simply fill out the fields and check the box indicating your request for a response.