How to Contact the President

Contact the President!

President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the public.

Call, write, tweet today! Ask him to FREE DON!

Of course, very few people are actually given access to the president’s direct line. But your comments will be counted and if a significant number of people raise awareness about this issue, that number will be taken into account!

WAYS TO REACH THE WHITEHOUSE:

  • Phone the the White House.
  • Write the President.
  • Fill out the Whitehouse EMAIL form.
  • Tweet the President.
  • Contact the President through the White House Facebook.
  • More detailed instructions can be found on the toggles at the left.
  • AND REMEMBER!
    • Unless you have a fondness for men in black, unmarked helicopters, and looking at the business end of a gun, don’t include any threats — overt or otherwise. (From: How to contact the President)

Write to the President

Guidelines for writing a letter to the President

Legible
The White House requests that you either type your letter on an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper, or if you hand-write it, use ink and your most legible handwriting.

Your Address

Format it as you would a business letter, or any formal communication: Your name and address at the top right, including email address, with the date written out below that.

White House Address
Below your name and address, and on the left side, put the following:

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Salutation: Dear Mr. President

The website wikihow advises that you “Write an honest, but respectful letter, stating your thoughts clearly and reasonably. This will be especially useful if you want your letter to actually be read.”

Close:
Most Respectfully,
Sign your name.

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Download a PDF of this sample Letter to the President.

Download a PDF alternative sample Letter to the President.

Download a PDF of Peter Crane’s letter Peter Crane’s Letter to the President .

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Call the President today!

Phone Numbers
Dial
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

When the phone is answered follow the prompts. Then ask to speak to the President.

Who is eligible to call the president’s direct line?
Very few people; the Oval Office number is tightly guarded and routed through a separate switchboard. When you reach the switchboard, be sure to spell Don Siegelman‘s name so that the switchboard operator is clear about whom you are calling.

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Reach the White House on their website.

Use the form on the White House website. Click Here. Be ready to provide the information below.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Zip code
  • Subject: “Justice Department”
  • Message: Address the president as “Dear Mr.
    President,” maintain a respectful tone, and close with
    “Most Respectfully. Use up to 2,500 characters,”
  • Fill out the Captcha words.
  • Click the checkboxes to enable updates from the White House and/or a
    response to your letter.
  • Click Submit.

Tweet the White House

Tweet the White House! Tweet the President!

(Sign up for a free Twitter account if you don’t already have one.)

  • Sign in to your Twitter account.
  • Create a message that is no more than 140 characters long.
  • Include the handles @Whitehouse and @BarackObama in your message in order to reach the president and the whitehouse staff.
  • Sample Tweet:
    @BarackObama @WhiteHouse Dear Mr. President: Please pardon former AL Gov. Siegelman. He’s in prison 4 something that is not a crime!
  • Click Send.
  • Remember: Be respectful if you want to be taken seriously.

By Whitehouse Facebook

Contact the White House through Facebook!

(Sign up for a free Facebook account if you don’t already have one.)

  • Sign in to your Facebook account.
  • Go to www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse.
  • Scroll down the timeline until you find comments on the Justice Department, Pardons, Solitary Confinement – any issue relating to the unjust imprisonment of former Governor Don Siegelman that you wish to communicate to the President.
  • Enter your comments under the post of interest.
  • You may also monitor Facebook events at the White House that concern prison reform, the Justice Department, sentencing reform or pardons to be given. Log-on while the event is going on and comment at these Facebook events.
  • Enter your comments under the post of interest.
  • Sample Message:
    Mr. President Thank you for your stand on Prison Reform, especially the abuse of Solitary Confinement in prison. It is good to see that you are recognizing the seriousness of this problem. Please pardon former AL Gov. Siegelman who is keenly aware to the abuse of the SHU as a prisoner. He not only should not be in the SHU, he shouldn’t be in prison at all. He was the victim of a “show trial” designed to defeat him politically, not to pursue criminal activity in politics.
  • Remember: Be respectful if you want to be taken seriously.
  • Click Enter to send.

Emailing the White House

The White House is no longer accepting emails.

They recommend the use of their contact form on their official website. In response to email sent to comments@whitehouse.gov the following reply was sent:

  • Thank you for your message. On behalf of President Obama, we appreciate hearing from you. The President has promised the most transparent administration in history, and we are committed to listening to and responding to you. In order to better handle the millions of electronic messages we are receiving and respond more quickly, we have implemented a new contact form on our website: White House Contact Form. Please note that this web form has replaced comments@whitehouse.gov. That email address is no longer monitored, so we encourage you to resubmit your message through the link above. Thank you for using the web form and helping us improve communications with you.

    Sincerely,

    The Presidential Correspondence Team