I remember in the last few months of my pregnancy I had a checklist of all the most important things I needed to get done before and immediately after baby arrived – properly install his car seat, buy a non-toxic crib mattress (we ended up buying this one), get my husband to take home something with baby’s scent on it so our dog would be introduced to him before we brought him home, order a presidential greeting…
Ok, so “Order a Presidential greeting” wasn’t actually on my list of super-important things to do, but as soon as I found out that you could get a letter from the President welcoming your baby to the world, I thought it was such a neat idea and I made it a point to remember after he was born.
Regardless of your political affiliation, I think a letter from the President marking your baby’s arrival into the world is a great keepsake, and definitely something to put in the memory box.
I gave birth to my son in April 2016, so his presidential greeting came from President Obama. It only took a few weeks to arrive in the mail after I requested it, and it was actually the first piece of mail my son received that was addressed to him.
I think it’s pretty neat that his first piece of mail was from the President of the United States!
How to Order a Presidential Greeting for Your Baby
During the Obama administration you could simply request a presidential greeting online. However, each sitting president does things a bit differently. There are currently two options to get a presidential greeting.
This is how you can order a presidential greeting for your baby from President Trump:
Send a Request By Mail
Simply send a request by mail to the following address:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
You’ll need to include the following information with your request:
- Name and home address of honoree(s)
- Form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc.)
- Exact date of occasion (month, day, year)
- Your (the requestor’s) name and daytime phone number
- Any specific mailing instructions if other than to honoree’s address
Submit a Request to Your Local Senator or State Representative
You can also request your local senator or state representative to submit a request for you online.
The easiest way to do this is simply Google the following:
<Your State> + presidential greeting request
Using the example of Tennessee, the first search result takes you the website of Scott Desjarlais, the US Representative for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. Simply enter your details in the form and press submit.
Bear in mind that while it generally takes around 6 weeks for a presidential greeting to arrive, it may take longer depending on a variety of factors.