July 20, 2009

Obama White House Greetings

After recently celebrating an anniversary, I remembered that we can ask the President of the United States to send signed greeting cards for special events and accomplishments. For instance, if you wanted Granny to get a b-day card from the Prez for her 80th birthday, then you'd just have to request one.

Under the Bush Administration there was an easy online form to submit the request. Now, however, it's a little more laborious. Although the Obama White House website is pretty cool and relevant (it has links for Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, YouTube, etc.) it lacks the easy request process. There's not even any information about the White House Greetings Office.

Until they update the "Greetings" portion of the website, this is what you'll need to do to request a card for:

- Birthday greetings to those 80 years and older.

- Anniversary greetings to couples celebrating 50, 60, 70 or more years of marriage.

- Weddings (after the event)

- Baby's birth or adoption (baby born or adopted during the Obama administration)

- Eagle Scout Award or Girl Scout Gold Award

- Bar or bat mitzvah or the equivalent, such as a confirmation

- Condolence

- Serious illness

- Retirement (30 years or more)


- Name and home address of honoree(s); include form of address such as Mr., Miss, Dr., etc.

- Exact date of the occasion (month, day, year)

- Age (for birthdays)

- Number of years married (anniversaries)

- Number of years worked at retirement. Also include where the person is retiring from.

- Wedding (include couple's married name and address)

- Baby's birth or adoption (include baby's date of birth and full names and addresses of baby and parents)

- Your name and phone number

- Any specific mailing instructions, if other than to honoree's address


- Requests need to be received at the White House six weeks prior to the event.

- Greetings will be mailed from the White House about 10 days before the event. (Wedding and baby acknowledgments are sent after the event).


- Online HERE (which is just a Contact page). Type "Greetings request" in the message box. Give the required details for the greeting.

- U.S. mail:

The White House

Attn: Greetings Office,

Washington, DC 20500

or you can fax it to: 1 (202) 456-2461



Andrea said...

Thanks for the info! My first daughter was born in 2002 and we got a greeting card from Pres. Bush. I remember it took a bit of looking but it was fairly easy to find the Greetings request page on the White House web site then...

I'd like to get one from Obama for baby #2 and was about to give up when I ran into your information.

Thanks again; have a great week.

Daniel said...

We got our card yesterday. We sent the birth announcement to the White House in early July. So it took about 4 months. But it make a cool memento.