- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TIP: Compose in a word-processing program so that you can spell-check and proofread it before you send it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Step 7: Click Submit Click Submit when the form is complete, and your message will be sent.
- FACT: 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.
You Will Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Something to say