Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
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his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
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if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
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if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
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IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
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Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Yes I have.
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it was not hand written it was typed but he said he really liked the photos of my paintings of him and Michelle and he was very personal in his remarks.
I had sent him a letter telling him that we were in our 70's but could host a Syrian family.
We have opened our home to those in need our entire life together.
It arrived and was packaged carefully without being folded.
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.
.

Yes, I’ve written to him twice via the White House official website on the issue of gay rights back in 2012 when he was the first United States President ever to come forth openly for gay rights after the voting of Amendment 1 in North Carolina.
I got answers for both via emails a few weeks later which really addressed my points and to see indeed his personal view of what he believes till what I see today on his stance for gay right and the alignment of his religious belief as well for the golden rule.
As a gay person, it was heart warming to see his evolution on that issue and how he then took that firm stance to be for equality from then onward till today.
Whether it’s him personally to write those answers is yet to be tested but as of now I would treat it as him personally as his answers and what he speaks in public till today are consistent to what I gotten in those replies.
But if I were to have the chance to meet him personally, that would be a question to ask if he was the one really typing those answers.

Not me personally, but a member of my family…
I am English, but my husband has an English mum and an American dad.
He has dual citizenship, and has lived with his family in the United States as well as in various places in the UK whilst growing up.
Anyway, his parents had their 50-year wedding anniversary about 3 years ago… quite a milestone!
A few months before their anniversary, my husband's older sister wrote to President Obama about their parents’ Wedding Anniversary.
We had heard that the US President sends a letter to Americans celebrating this anniversary, rather like when the Queen here sends a letter to people when they reach their 100th birthday.
She honestly didn't expect a reply, as they have not lived in the USA for over 30 years.
But, lo and behold, she did get a reply! It seems Americans are still valued as Americans by their country, even when they live far away in another part of the world!
My sister-in-law passed this to my parents-in-law to surprise them on their special day.
The letter congratulated them on their successful long marriage, and not only was it signed by President Obama, but also by Michelle Obama! I suppose it is very fitting that a letter about marriage was signed by both of the Obamas.
Being hippies, and of a generally English outlook, and also living in Yorkshire, it's customary to not be impressed by anything, including status (or hide it if you are!) My in-laws understated the whole thing; my mother-in-law said, “well it's only a piece of paper really, isn't it?”
I could tell they were genuinely really pleased to have the letter from President Obama though… My family have always liked him a lot.
In fact Obama has been very popular with Europeans generally.
Their letter isn't on display anywhere, as I am sure they would feel that would be a little ostentatious.
It is a little nugget of pride, kept safely in a drawer and brought out to show, only if it comes up in conversation and then someone asks to see it!
I know how they feel about Trump though, and feel sure that had he been POTUS at the time of the anniversary (if my Sister-in-law had even requested it from him in the first place), they would have thrown it in the bin.

But don't let it go to your head.
If you go to their e-mail address they have choices you can click.
Yours is one of them.
They have a staff that addresses all these letters and invitations.
You received what thousands of others have received.
O’Bama has his staff write a generic response to certain subjects, invitations etc.
He signs it and they it is simply duplicated.
I have written many letters and they do try to personalize the introduction in a sentence or two then the rest of the letter is generic.
I have written about healthcare and described what I deal with.
In the intro they acknowledged that information.
Another time they thanked me for my service as a veteran.
But I never was never foolish enough to think O’Bama read my letter or personally responded.
But they have it pretty down I must say.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
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Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Yes I have.
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it was not hand written it was typed but he said he really liked the photos of my paintings of him and Michelle and he was very personal in his remarks.
I had sent him a letter telling him that we were in our 70's but could host a Syrian family.
We have opened our home to those in need our entire life together.
It arrived and was packaged carefully without being folded.
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Yes, I’ve written to him twice via the White House official website on the issue of gay rights back in 2012 when he was the first United States President ever to come forth openly for gay rights after the voting of Amendment 1 in North Carolina.
I got answers for both via emails a few weeks later which really addressed my points and to see indeed his personal view of what he believes till what I see today on his stance for gay right and the alignment of his religious belief as well for the golden rule.
As a gay person, it was heart warming to see his evolution on that issue and how he then took that firm stance to be for equality from then onward till today.
Whether it’s him personally to write those answers is yet to be tested but as of now I would treat it as him personally as his answers and what he speaks in public till today are consistent to what I gotten in those replies.
But if I were to have the chance to meet him personally, that would be a question to ask if he was the one really typing those answers.

Not me personally, but a member of my family…
I am English, but my husband has an English mum and an American dad.
He has dual citizenship, and has lived with his family in the United States as well as in various places in the UK whilst growing up.
Anyway, his parents had their 50-year wedding anniversary about 3 years ago… quite a milestone!
A few months before their anniversary, my husband's older sister wrote to President Obama about their parents’ Wedding Anniversary.
We had heard that the US President sends a letter to Americans celebrating this anniversary, rather like when the Queen here sends a letter to people when they reach their 100th birthday.
She honestly didn't expect a reply, as they have not lived in the USA for over 30 years.
But, lo and behold, she did get a reply! It seems Americans are still valued as Americans by their country, even when they live far away in another part of the world!
My sister-in-law passed this to my parents-in-law to surprise them on their special day.
The letter congratulated them on their successful long marriage, and not only was it signed by President Obama, but also by Michelle Obama! I suppose it is very fitting that a letter about marriage was signed by both of the Obamas.
Being hippies, and of a generally English outlook, and also living in Yorkshire, it's customary to not be impressed by anything, including status (or hide it if you are!) My in-laws understated the whole thing; my mother-in-law said, “well it's only a piece of paper really, isn't it?”
I could tell they were genuinely really pleased to have the letter from President Obama though… My family have always liked him a lot.
In fact Obama has been very popular with Europeans generally.
Their letter isn't on display anywhere, as I am sure they would feel that would be a little ostentatious.
It is a little nugget of pride, kept safely in a drawer and brought out to show, only if it comes up in conversation and then someone asks to see it!
I know how they feel about Trump though, and feel sure that had he been POTUS at the time of the anniversary (if my Sister-in-law had even requested it from him in the first place), they would have thrown it in the bin.

But don't let it go to your head.
If you go to their e-mail address they have choices you can click.
Yours is one of them.
They have a staff that addresses all these letters and invitations.
You received what thousands of others have received.
O’Bama has his staff write a generic response to certain subjects, invitations etc.
He signs it and they it is simply duplicated.
I have written many letters and they do try to personalize the introduction in a sentence or two then the rest of the letter is generic.
I have written about healthcare and described what I deal with.
In the intro they acknowledged that information.
Another time they thanked me for my service as a veteran.
But I never was never foolish enough to think O’Bama read my letter or personally responded.
But they have it pretty down I must say.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
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Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
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his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
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if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
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if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
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IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
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Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

No, but I did on a couple of occasions receive responses to emails I sent that were not staff generated.
I could tell because the tone was different from the vast majority of the responses I received, and that tog special.
He sent one asking if he could have his people use something in one of my ne was consistent with the style and patterns of his responses off the cuff at various functions.
It is possible to differentiate between what is written for a politician by a speech writer, and what they themselves write.
I sent about 150 different emails to the POTUS during his eight years, so even a couple of personal responses is something from one of my suggestions when they wrote a section of one of his addresses.
I will not say what the suggestion was, or which address, as that was between me and his staff.
The other was for a congratulatory note I sent about the actions he took in reference to the journalist he mentioned at the Correspondents dinner, and this was because apparently I was one of the first people outside his staff, the negotiators and the press to show awareness of what happened to help achieve the release of the journalist in question.
Again, I cannot comment on how I became aware of this.
Suffice to say that I believe he just wanted to establish there was nothing untoward regarding my awareness, and I do not blame him.
I am sure there were people watching my online communications for awhile, but then I am used to that.
I must say that he is a personable and quite intelligent man, one that has a genuine concern for the feelings and needs of others.
He is, as far as I have been able to fathom, a decent father and husband, and has been a graceful and positive representative to the world on our behalf.
This cannot be said for the idiot that replaced him in the People’s Home.

*January 2017
I encouraged Mason to write a letter to President Obama.
Mason said to me "Mom I'm just one kid he'll never get it.
" Well, today he received a signed letter and several signed pics from President Barack Obama!! He said "I can't believe it!" I said.
"Mason; The President, The First Lady, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and so many more were all "just one kid" and they changed the world.
" So proud.
It really is a big deal to our family.
As a single mom I can’t tell you how hard it is in today’s world to keep a little brown kid inspired.
He worries about Trump.
He worries that he’ll be put in slavery.
It’s so sad.
He goes to a great school but it’s only 5% African-American.
He worries that police might try to kill him.
Our children today are dealing with soooo much.
I really really try to always be positive but he sees what’s happening.
But this letter, you guys, this letter changed his world for at least 48 hours.
He felt like he mattered in this crazy place.
When I asked him if he wanted to take the pictures and letter to school to show the class hes said “No mom.
They won’t be happy for me.
They like Trump”.
He’s my heartbeat you guys.
Truly.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

In 2014, I wrote a letter to President Obama, thanking him for taking the time to speak at my graduation commencement for UC Irvine’s graduating class of 2014.
He talked extensively about climate change and used this pressing issue as a catalyst to encourage my class to use our newfound knowledge to solve global issues.
I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and I thought it was so cool that A) he talked about something relevant to what I studied and B) He gave a shoutout for my program, one of the smallest at UCI.
I decided to write him a letter to express my gratitude and shared with him that I’ll be interning at the South Coast Air Quality Management District following graduation.
I didn’t think anything would happen after I sent the letter off to the White House.
I figured it would either get lost in a pile of mail or at most, I’d get a letter back with the President’s electronic signature.
A year and a half later, I get a call from the White House (I didn’t know at the moment, since it was an unknown number).
The man on the other end shared with me that my letter was received and read and that I was invited to attend a White House State Dinner to honor the President of China, Xi JinPing.
I was absolutely floored at this invitation, considering the other attendees would be some of the most well known tech giants of the world.
I immediately said I was interested and less than two weeks later, my mom (my +1) and I were on our way to Washington DC.
The night was absolutely surreal.
I met the POTUS, FLOTUS, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, John Kerry, Ne-yo, just to name a few.
The food was amazing and I even sat next to the Environmental Advisor to the President and we talked about our work in air quality.
Though I was one of the youngest to attend, I felt comfortable meeting so many tech CEOs and it certainly helped that everyone responded positively when I shared my story of how I was invited.
Mark Cuban even gave me a high-five!
My mom had a blast too and this was definitely one of the biggest things to ever happen to us.
Since coming back from the White House, I’ve shared this story at least 100 times to people of all backgrounds.
I know people who’ve been inspired to write letters to those they look up to, in hopes that maybe they’ll get a response as well.
One of my personal hobbies is journaling, so writing comes to me naturally.
I’m thankful that one letter led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Oh and it was two days after I turned 23, so it was definitely one of the best birthday gifts thus far.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
.
his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
.
if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
.
if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
.
IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
.

Ya I wrote to him when I was 9–10, I forgot exactly what I wrote, but I think part of it had to do with gas prices so my grandpa could afford to visit us from Maine (idk what I was thinking but that's the only part of the letter I remember) and after about a week I finally got a response letter.
I was so excited, so pumped.
Now what I didn't tell you is that my friend and neighbor wrote a letter within a few days of mine, similar age kids sending letters at almost the same time.
About a week later we both got responses back and it was the same letter saying “thanks for thinking about the nations important issues” or some bullshit and it had a fake signature.
Same exact letter with fake signatures.
I'm pretty sure that crushed our young spirit.
Moral of the story is don't get excited about writing to the president unless you're some highly respected person or unless you're persistent and bring a good idea to the table.

Have you ever written a letter to Obama and received a response?

Yes, I have.
I’m a former prisoner and every year since 2009 when I was released, I’ve written to President Obama asking him to visit a prison, telling him what an important message that would send to both inmates and staff, and telling him about my current work in the Arizona women’s prison, the very one where I was incarcerated.
I basically wrote for my own entertainment.
I never expected anyone to read them.
On January 3rd, 2016, I got a call from the White House inviting me to be a guest of the First Lady in her box at the President’s final State of the Union address.
I was sworn to secrecy until the White House announced the list of guests and, when they did, my phone didn’t stop ringing.
It seems there are journalists all over the world who watch for that list.
A week later I was at the White House.
I had a press liaison to help me navigate the press interviews.
I had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch! Imagine me, a former prisoner, meeting with Mrs.
Lynch.
Yes, it was a little surreal.
That night before the State of the Union address, the twenty-three guests and our plus-ones were guests at the White House White for a lovely reception.
We toured the beautiful historic rooms and when we looked out the blue room windows to the Washington Monument, it had started to snow.
We ended up in the reception hall.
There, while a Marine played show tunes on an antique piano, White House staffers mingled with a diverse group of guests, from the president of Microsoft to a twelve year old who started a program feeding healthy food to the homeless.
The networking was punctuated with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
It was going to be a long night, magical, but we needed the sustenance.
While at the reception, three young people approached me.
“Ms.
Allen, we’re from the Office of Presidential Correspondence and we wanted to meet you.
You wrote one of our favorite letters.

They read my letter! Later I learned that considering the volume of mail the President gets a week, I won the White House Letter Lottery.
My letter made it through all the sorting, the volunteers, the staff and finally to the office of Elizabeth Olson, the Director of the Office Presidential Correspondence.
She selects the final ten letters the President reads every day.
My letter wasn’t just about me, it was representative of all the voiceless, faceless women and men behind bars.
The men President Obama visited with in prison were also representative of those same women and men forgotten inside our prisons.
My journey to prison gave me a passion and a purpose I never expected.
I’m living that purpose now and my letter reflected that.
Do you have a passion? Write letters, to the President, the Governor, your legislators, the head of companies, hospitals and, most important, the people you love.
Real letters on heavy cream paper.
Letters have power and give you a voice.
Who knows, you might be invited to the White House for the price of a stamp.
That’s me in the turquoise and black jacket two rows up behind Dr.
Jill Biden.
Valerie Jarrett in the same row also has on a turquoise jacket.
I got the memo.

I can say I never had the honor of meeting Obama in person but I do have one great thing to remember forever.
While he was still in office I wrote him a letter , actually an email, thanking him for the work he did for LGBTQ people.
As I said then, he has done more for LGBTQ rights than all other presidents combined.
Almost a year after he left office and I got a reply from him.
I'm not upset at the delay in the least! In fact.
I think it is a testament to his character that a year after leaving and in deserving a vacation he was STILL replying to letters sent to him during his presidency.
And what an eloquent letter it is!
A simple Email, is therefore one of my most prized possessions.
Was it a form letter? I don’t know and I don’t care.
I do know I have searched and found no mention of a letter with this same text on google.
So maybe it is an original.
Even if it is not, it will still be forever prized by me.
<It doesn’t take much effort for me to hear this spoken in Obama's voice as I read it.
>
______
Dear Ariel:
Thank you for writing.
Like you, I'm proud of the many milestones America has achieved on the path toward LGBT equality.
We've seen more progress made and more hearts and minds change than many ever thought possible.
And those gains aren't just the result of policies—they're the result of countless acts of courage and quiet heroism spanning generations of our citizens.
Still, a lot of work remains to defend this progress and to make sure that the full promise of America extends to all our people.
The task of bridging our founding creed with the realities of our time doesn't rest on any one person.
It rests with all of us.
Our journey as a nation depends, as it always has, on the collective and persistent effort of people like you—compassionate, caring, and open-minded—who stand up and speak out in defense of the notion that love is love and that all of us, no matter who we are or who we love, are worthy of equal dignity, equal respect, and equal protection under the law.
That's the vision for America that Michelle and I share.
And I want you to know we will continue standing alongside you.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I wish you the very best.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Screenshot of the actual email body.
Like he said, we have to keep fighting as our rights are under attack more now than ever.
We cannot afford to let our gains be erased by intolerance and ignorance of those currently (2018) in power.
Eternal vigilance, faith, love and resolve are needed, now more than ever.

In the late 70s, I worked summers in the White House Correspondence Pool.
They added “summer girls” who would fill in for White House and Old Executive Office Building secretaries when they took vacation, or provide additional support staff in offices that needed them (one summer I worked in the Bicentennial Office, cataloguing all the crazy gifts the American people sent President Ford).
When we weren't on detail, we worked in the pool, and this is how it worked then — probably the same outlines today, although way faster, because we were using typewriters vs.
the computers they use today.
So — long answer to your question.
And clearly things have changed since the 70s.
But, your letter or email matters, in that it will count for its positions on issues.
Unless it is chosen for the sample, however, the President will not see it.
I know there are some responses that say the Obama answers 10 letters/emails personally every day; I personally think that is unlikely.
He probably sees them in a daily sample, but someone else will prepare the response based on prepared templates by issue.

Yes.
During the Great Recession, I wrote a letter asking him what are his plans to get civil engineers back into the workforce.
My letter was definitely something you do not want your mother to read.
I was angry.
I was just laid off, and nobody was hiring engineers.
I was sending around 50 applications a week to every state west of the Mississippi River, and these companies were ignoring me.
I wasn't given the respect even of a “Sorry, but you're not what we're looking for” response.
I was extremely blunt in my letter to President Obama.
Because of my language, I was not expecting a reply.
However, three weeks later, I received a letter with the official White House logo.
President Obama was very respectful and discussed his plans for providing loans and grants to help small businesses to hire more employees.
Unlike the companies I applied to during the Great Recession, President Obama at least had the decency to respond.
Edit: I'm receiving several comments that I want to make clear.
I'm very much aware that my letter was probably written by an intern.
I would be very surprised if President Obama even knew if my letter existed.
I like John Harris’s response.
There is probably a room full of interns who crank out responses like an assembly line.
I’m certain there is a senior staffer whose job is to prepare generic responses for the interns.
However, the point of my story, during the Great Recession, when I was at my lowest, only the White House had the decency to reply.
Edit: I'm impressed by all the upvotes and comments.
The lesson everyone should learn from my story is that only you have the power to change your life.
It's going to require hardwork, preserverance, and even luck to change, but it's possible.
Some will find it easier than others, but we all can control our own destiny.

Yes, indeed.
I acknowledge up front that it wasn’t a personal response.
I weighed in on the Affordable Care Act when it was a newer issue.
He sent an email back in response, or more appropriately, the Office of Correspondence did with his name on it.
I tend to engage my Presidents, because even if I get a form response, it indicates someone, somewhere is reading my comments and concerns.
Some have written back, some haven’t.
I’ve written every President since Bush the Elder, if memory serves.
There’s a really fantastic podcast about stuff I’ve often wondered about called 99% Invisible.
I recommend it in general, but specifically, a recent podcast about the

My story is not as compelling as some of the other stories here… yet, I sent a birth announcement to President Obama and a few weeks later I received a lovely note congratulating me on the birth of my child (it is a template and definitely not handwritten).
Since my daughter was born at the end of 2016, I thought it could be nice to have a response from Obama and Trump to put in her baby book.
Therefore, I waited until after the Trump administration was in the White House and then I sent another birth announcement at the end of January earlier this year.
Imagine my surprise that I have yet to receive a response in July.
I have stopped holding my breath.

MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN:
The Israeli Defense Forces shot, shelled, or bombed Gaza with many one ton bombs from American-made and American-taxpayer funded F-16 fighter jets, killing over a hundred Palestinians today and have killed over 1500 Palestinians so far in this ongoing "blitzkrieg" style attack on Gaza, most or them defenseless and unarmed civilians.
Of the Jewish population in Israel, only five percent are against the invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing going on in Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers are free to do whatever they want with impunity, and it's unbelievable some of the things they are doing, deliberately targeting and shelling children playing on the beach, on the street, snipers shooting at Palestinians who come looking for their relatives, bombing three hospitals and several United Nations safe havens.
These people are about as bad as the slaveholders in the old South, worse really because they have the latest in military technology, supplied by American companies like Northrup Grumman and Boeing, as well as ammunition.
The United States Government gives three billion dollars of our tax money to Israel every year on the understanding that they will use that money to buy weapons, military equipment, and ammunition from American companies.
The Palestinians are neither sold nor given weapons by the United States, so they are basically defenseless except for whatever small arms they have against the overwhelming blitzkrieg.
The Israelis boast that they are "the most moral armed force in the world" but actually what they are doing is no different from what any ruthless dictator would do.
Israel is not a brutal dictatorship.
It is a brutal democracy.
We must make Mr.
Netanyahu understand that the United States will not tolerate the human rights violations being committed by the IDF, urge Israel to stop the attack and siege of Gaza immediately and stop sending military aid to Israel.
THE REPLY: “Thank you…blah, blah, blah, blah, etc.
Yeah, right, we’ll get on it right away…thanks again.

When I was in 6th grade, we were told to write a letter to anyone we wanted, with the subject being anything we wanted.
I chose president Obama (he was recently elected president the first time).
I chose to write to him about the racially insensitive parts of the country and how we could fix it.
I don't clearly remember anything about what I wrote other that saying that I would really, really appreciate a response to my letter.
I mainly expected an automated response back, but instead got a real signed response drom him.
If I could, I would take a picture to show it you all you fellow quorans, but I unfortunately lost the letter to a bully later in my school years while showing it off.
Thanks for the A2A.

Yes I did but i don’t have the letter anymore because i don’t think it was directly from him .
SO no it’s not a waste of time it some times also depends what the letter is about .
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his staff i thought was of the best to have no stress things seems really smooth running etc …it may take months to get some thing back but you all most all ways will … again it depends on what you write to him about.
but now Trump is the new leaders so i have no idea how that will work and don’t care see below .
I don’t like Trump so i probable won’t ever write him .
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if he or his side Kick Vice ever came to my front door I would ask them to leave in a nice way which is more then i can say what my sister said she would do .
I know they never will but that’s how I feel about both of them .
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if that’s Trump idea of making the USA one or closer together, i don’t know what to say .
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IF Obama ever does or did come to my home he is more then welcome .
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Updated: 20.06.2019 — 1:43 pm

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