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November 26, 2011

Have you ever written a letter to the President of the United States of America? Here’s how.

I watched a few “White House Week” videos, as I do from time-to-time, and was once again struck by the reality of President Obama in the White House—so good to see him “in person,” instead of just through the news.

Every day, President Obama reads ten letters from the public in order to stay in tune with America’s issues and concerns. “Letters to the President” is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the process of how those ten letters make it to the President’s desk from among the tens of thousands of letters, faxes, and e-mails that flood the White House each day.
August 3, 2009. (public domain)

Might be a good exercise for many of us to write our first letter to the president—perhaps not about an issue or complaint but a general, and personal letter about how we’re doing and perhaps some words of advice or encouragement from our on-the-ground point of view.

Communication is the foundation of understanding. Understanding is the basis of peace and empowered leadership. ~ ed.

From whitehouse.gov:

President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the public, through our website.

Write a letter to the President.

Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

1. If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to get your message to President Obama.

2. If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.

3. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.

4. And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure you message gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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