The USA has a massive impact on the UK, particularly in the areas of foreign and economic policy. If you'd like to make your views known to arguably the most powerful man in the world, you can write a letter to the President of the USA. A letter allows you to introduce yourself, offer thoughts on a current issue, express support or even constructive criticism. Each day, White House staff read the letters that arrive and pick 10 for the President to read. If you're lucky, your letter may be among the ones chosen and he may even respond personally.
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Type your physical and/or email address justified against the top left margin. The White House asks that you include your email address. You can type or write the letter, however typing will ensure that you send a legible message.
Leave one space underneath your address and type the date against the left margin.
Leave another space and type the President's name, including the title, against the left margin. Directly underneath his name, write the White House's address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20500, United States.
Leave one space and type, "Dear Mr President." You can use the President's full name if you wish, but always include the Presidential title to remain respectful.
Leave one space and begin the body of the letter. In the first paragraph, introduce yourself and explain why you are writing.
Leave one space in between paragraphs in the body of your letter. In subsequent paragraphs, add the details you want to share with the President.
Ask directly for the action you want taken, if that's why you're writing.
Thank the President for his time in the last paragraph.
Leave one space after the last paragraph and type a closing phrase such as, "Yours sincerely" or "Thank you."
Leave four spaces and type your name. After you finish typing, print the letter and sign your name in the blank area between the closing phrase and your typed name.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your tone respectful, even if you disagree. Avoid curse words or name calling.
- Use the Royal Mail's Airmail service to get your letter to the White House quickly. Surface mail can take weeks to arrive.
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