Samara O'Shea

Picking Letters for the President

Hold everything! I have found my dream job: Director of the White House Office of Correspondence. There is an insightful piece in today’s NY Times about the current holder of this position, Mike Kelleher, and how he goes about sifting through thousands of letters and selects the few that President Obama will actually read (and sometimes write a response to!). Here’s a snippet from the article:

He [Kelleher] chooses 10 letters, which are slipped into a purple folder and put in the daily briefing book that is delivered to President Obama at the White House residence. Designed to offer a sampling of what Americans are thinking, the letters are read by the president, and he sometimes answers them by hand, in black ink on azure paper.