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Letters to the President

Tens of thousands of letters, faxes, and emails from Americans across the country arrive each day at my office, the Office of Presidential Correspondence. We do our best to reply to these in a timely fashion, and a handful—just ten a day—are chosen for President Obama to personally read and respond to.

The "Letters to the President" video follows the journey of your message as it winds its way from your home to the President’s desk in the Oval Office. This is the first in a series of exclusive "Inside the White House" videos that will be available here at

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Every day I try to pick a sample of messages that are representative of all those addressed to the President, are representative of things happening in the news, or which contain particularly compelling stories.

President Obama has said these messages help him stay in touch with what is happening in our Nation. Some writers are critical of the President or his agenda, others express their agreement, while still others say they want to provide their unique perspective. They tell the President what is happening in their lives right now on health care, the economy, energy, the environment, national security, veteran’s issues and a host of other topics.

We appreciate your feedback on this video and, of course, your continued correspondence with President Obama.

Mike Kelleher is the Director of Presidential Correspondence