How to E-mail the President

Do you have a passionate point of view on a particular issue? Or maybe just a story you need to tell? Well, POTUS is all ears.

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You Will Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Something to say

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Plan your e-mail

    Plan what you have to say ahead of time, whether it's a personal story or a political opinion.

  2. Step 2

    Make your salutation respectful

    Begin with "Dear Mr. President" or "Dear President So-and-so." This conveys the proper respect due the office and the title.

  3. Step 3

    Use proper punctuation and spelling

    Use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar. The President is not your IM buddy or your follower on Twitter. Treat your message as an important document.

  4. Compose in a word-processing program so that you can spell-check and proofread it before you send it.

  5. Step 4

    Go to whitehouse.gov

    Go to whitehouse.gov when you are ready to send your e-mail message. Click on the Contact us icon.

  6. Step 5

    Fill out the form

    Fill out the required fields in the contact form that appears. Copy and paste your message into the message box if you've written it. Otherwise compose it now.

  7. Step 6

    Decide

    Decide whether you want a response to your message and whether you want your comments to remain private. Check the appropriate boxes.

  8. Step 7

    Click Submit

    Click Submit when the form is complete, and your message will be sent.

  9. In the early 1800s, mail from New York to San Francisco traveled by clipper ship around the southern tip of South America, a journey that took over three months.

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