How to Send a Message to the President Online
Contacting the Leader of the Free World is no small feat. Sending a message to the President of the United States (POTUS), though, might not be a surefire way of contacting him. As you’d imagine, he’s one of the busiest people on the planet. For that reason, it’s unlikely that POTUS will receive your message let alone reply to it.
That being said, there are some things you can cover to increase the chances of receiving a reply.
Things to Keep in Mind
Obviously, it’s not as if you’re writing an instant message to one of your friends or your parents. As one would imagine, there are layers of security to go through, not to mention the fact that the President’s staff (who’ll most likely be receiving your message) have more critical matters to attend to, even if we’re talking about the PR sector.
Clearly, your message to POTUS needs to be well-constructed, following certain guidelines, and pertaining to an important matter. If you just want to say ‘hi’, don’t bother sending it, although it won’t hurt.
Additionally, you’re much more likely to receive the response from a President’s staff member, rather than from the Big Guy himself, so be sure to manage your expectations.
Naturally, threats (no matter how implied or overt), are absolutely out of the question. If the secret service, FBI, or any other government agency gets so much as a whiff of potential danger, they’ll find you, arrest you, and most likely charge you. The punishment for threatening the President is severe, to say the least.
Using Regular Mail
The regular mail is probably the most basic and obvious way to contact the President. Your sentiments toward POTUS are irrelevant here – whether you want to praise him or condemn him and his presidency, you need to have a reality check. You are, after all, writing to the leader of the United States and the Free World.
Even if you want to be honest and straightforward, make sure you’re respectful, down-to-earth, and that you’re expressing your thoughts reasonably, clearly, and that they’re grammatically polished.
Next, your letter needs to be properly formatted, according to White House rules. The letter should be typed on an 8.5×11” sheet(s) of paper. It should be formatted and written as a business letter or a formal communication. If you’re sending a handwritten letter, make sure that your writing is as legible as possible and that you use ink.
In the top-right corner of the letter, you should include your name, your home address, your email address, with the date of writing below. Start the letter with “Dear Mr. President,” and close with “Most Respectfully,” followed by your printed and signed name.
Fold the letter and put it into an envelope. In the top-left corner of the envelope, add your return address. The top-right corner of the envelope is reserved for a stamp. Address the envelope to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Now, seal the envelope, and send it as you would any other mail.
Calling the White House
You can find the White House phone numbers on their website. Use your phone to call them and make sure that you don’t do it via a private number, as nobody will answer. However, you’ll likely be redirected to a low-ranking government employee, so this is definitely not the best way to go to reach the President.
The quickest way to contact POTUS is by email. All of the previous rules that are applicable to the online mail format apply here, too. Be respectful, don’t make anything that can be perceived as a threat on any level, start with “Dear Mr. President,” end with “Most Respectfully,” and add your full name. Now, send your email to [email protected].
Using the Website
Another great way of contacting the President is using the https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ webpage. Here, you don’t have to worry about formatting your letter, adding a subject, or typing in the email address. Basically, you get a list of fields that you need to fill in and add the actual message in the WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY? field.
Of course, you need to be absolutely respectful here, too. You should start with “Dear Mr. President,” end with “Most Respectfully,” and add your full name at the end. When you are certain that you’re done, click the Send button towards the bottom of the page.
Using Social Media
Whether you want to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube, you can try contacting the President via those channels, too. Keep in mind that even more people send messages to the President via social media daily than using email, so don’t expect a response. You’ll be lucky if a staff member answers.
For Instagram, go to https://www.instagram.com/realdonaldtrump/ and send him an instant message.
For Twitter, find the President’s handle and tag him before or after the message text. Alternatively, use @WhiteHouse or @POTUS to tweet to him.
For YouTube, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse or https://www.youtube.com/user/trump.
As with any previous methods, be absolutely respectful and don’t make anything that could be interpreted as even a whiff of threat.
Contacting the President
These are the main ways you can utilize in order to contact the President of the United States. As mentioned before, you aren’t likely to receive a response from him directly. You may not even receive a response from his staff. In any case, it can’t be stressed enough that you need be respectful, polite, and non-threatening in your letter, regardless of your sentiment towards him or his presidency.
Would you try contacting the President? What method would you choose and why? Don’t be afraid to discuss anything you want in the comments section, as long as it’s respectful, decent, polite, and non-threatening.