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How do I give my ideas to the White House?

Asked by Steve_A (5120points) February 22nd, 2010

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

I mean do you think they actually read these? He must get millions of questions,e-mails, and what not.

Do I have go to a community meeting?

How does it work?

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Jennifries's avatar

I know they always receive Christmas cards and reply to them (with generic ones, of course. I had an uncle who sent the president a card every year). I have no idea if they actually read them, or the suggestions they receive. If they do, I’d definitely say it’s not Obama reading them all. I bet he has a flock of little minion interns that are in charge of that stuff.
It is possible some of them get through, though.
I would say your best bet is to contact local representatives first, though. You normally have to start with the little guys and work your way up.

Steve_A's avatar

I think I might be better off playing the lotto everyday than hoping I would be one of 10 letters.

I did enjoy watching the video though, thanks @johnpowell

Steve_A's avatar

So what are my other options, how do I start with the little guys and work my way up?

Who are the little guys I would need to see?

Jennifries's avatar

@johnpowell yes, like that.

You can also go to your state’s website, they’ll have a list of your local reps there.

Cruiser's avatar

Call or write your congressman and Senator….you ideas will have a better chance of taking shape that route.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

If your letter includes any kind of threat to the President or his family it (and you) will receive scrutiny like you won’t believe from the Secret Service. I’m not recommending that route, by the way.

Steve_A's avatar

@CyanoticWasp Um no I will not be doing that, nor do I have any threats to him or anyone in what the ideas I would like to propose.

ETpro's avatar

Ditto to the other thoughts above. It’s easy to use the Whitehouse.gov website to submit an email to the President. It will get read, but unless it is particularly useful information of political value for something they are currently pushing for, it won’t get far up the food chain. Most likely, if it gets anywhere, it will just get assigned to a statistical markup of thoughts that come in, as in “here’s one more for healthcare reform—or against it.”

You stand a far better chance of getting higher-level attention in a personal letter or phone call. And if the issue you wish to exploore matters to you, include your area Representative and your state’s Senators as well as the White House.

The letters and calls that are most likely to get serious attention are those that present your personal story. If legislation or the need for it has personally impacted you or your family, tell how and why. Explain the harm it’s done, and what you think should be done to remedy it. That gives those receiving the letters the ammunition they need to take up your cause.

Silhouette's avatar

Try this. “Vice President Joe Biden, The White House” <info@messages.whitehouse.gov>

I actually received a reply, it was a canned ham reply, and it took them over a month to send it, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@Silhouette… and it gets your name in another database.

Silhouette's avatar

@CyanoticWasp That’s fine with me.

ETpro's avatar

@CyanoticWasp If you want to have a place at the debate table, you have to live with them knowing how to write your name on the place-card. That’s a database I knowingly chose to be in.

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