The White House released a video on Presidential Mail, which shows how letters arrive on the President’s desk. POTUS receives nearly 65,000 letters and 100,000 emails a week and they are all carefully sorted and categorized. According to White House Director of Correspondence Mike Kelleher, during his first week of his Presidency, POTUS asked to read 10 letters a day — and it has now become a ritual. In addition, POTUS personally responds to 3-4 of them a night! Speaking of the significance of the letters, POTUS said, “You get letters like that and it gives you a sense of what’s best in America. And it inspires you. And makes you want to work that much harder.” That’s what happens when you have the most recognizable address in the world! If you’d like to write POTUS yourself — do it here.
If you’d like the see the video in ridiculously clear quality — watch here.
Speaking of letters, a few days after the election of Barack Obama, kids around the country (through the non-profit organization 826 Valencia) were asked to provide guidance and advice to the new President, which were compiled and published by McSweeney’s. The letters are honest and blunt — here’s one for taste: Sheenie Shannon Yip, a 13-year-old from Seattle, wrote to the new president, “I really hope you put America back together. No pressure, though.”