Since 2009 President Obama has been known to read 10 letters every night from citizens. The letters a day or the ’10 LADS’ as his staff know them has been a way for him to stay in touch with happens around the country. According to him, “It ends up being a powerful motivator for me”.
This tradition of reading letters from the public didn’t start with him but dates back to the time of Thomas Jefferson.
From history sending letters to the White House has been through mails but technology has made other means possible. The White House started receiving phone calls in the 1880s and in 1994 they provided for people to send messages online. These days there are many ways to reach out and send in messages instantaneously.
This what President Obama thinks about this new development in the White House;
“To make sure that in all the hustle and bustle that’s taken place here, we don’t lose sight of why we’re here — which is a bunch of citizens all across the country, needing our help, seeking advice, more than occasionally being angry, wanting to be heard. And what’s interesting is not only do these letters help me to stay in touch with the people who sent me here, or the people who voted against me, but a lot of times they identify problems that might not have percolated up through the various agencies and bureaucracies. And more than once there have been occasions where these letters inspired action on real problems that are out there.”
Now go and send the President of United States a message on the White House Facebook Page.
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