Does the President read all letters

Does the President read all letters?


The President of the United States receives, on average, 11,000 paper letters, 100,000 emails, and 1,000 faxes daily.
Assuming it would take two minutes to read each one, it would take the president a little over 3,733 hours to read each day’s correspondence.
Since there’s only 24 hours in a day, I’m going to guess that he doesn’t read all letters.

Obama’s practice was to have White House staff pick out five letters each day from the thousands that come in so he could read those five.
I’m not sure what Trump’s practice is.
I could speculate, but I’ll keep opinion out of this answer.


Presidents in general would receive a selection of the letters written to him, chosen by a staffer to give him a broad idea of the mood and interests of the citizens.

There’s a reasonable argument to be made that the current president is very nearly a functional illiterate.


Does the President read all letters?


The President of the United States receives, on average, 11,000 paper letters, 100,000 emails, and 1,000 faxes daily.
Assuming it would take two minutes to read each one, it would take the president a little over 3,733 hours to read each day’s correspondence.
Since there’s only 24 hours in a day, I’m going to guess that he doesn’t read all letters.

Obama’s practice was to have White House staff pick out five letters each day from the thousands that come in so he could read those five.
I’m not sure what Trump’s practice is.
I could speculate, but I’ll keep opinion out of this answer.


Presidents in general would receive a selection of the letters written to him, chosen by a staffer to give him a broad idea of the mood and interests of the citizens.

There’s a reasonable argument to be made that the current president is very nearly a functional illiterate.

Updated: 18.06.2019 — 2:30 pm

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