First lady Michelle Obama, like presidential spouses before her, receives correspondence from heads of state, politicians and the general public. The White House encourages the public to reach out to the president and first lady via email for the quickest means of sending a message, but letters still are welcomed. To ensure that your letter reaches Mrs. Obama, be sure to follow the prescribed guidelines laid out by the White House.

Think about what you'd like to write. Keep your message brief and focused. Tackle one topic per letter.

Type your letter on 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper. Alternatively, write your letter in pen in your best handwriting. Follow a business-letter format to provide the first lady with a professional-looking, well-organized correspondence.

Date your letter at the top left of the paper. Address the first lady with the salutation "Dear Mrs. Obama." Add your message, and close with "Sincerely" and a comma. Leave plenty of space where you will sign your name in pen, and type (or hand-write) your name under your forthcoming signature, followed by your return address and email address.

Use the grammar and spell-check features on your computer to correct any errors, or proofread your handwritten letter.

Address your envelope to the first lady as follows: Mrs. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Write your return address at the top left of the envelope. Place a first-class stamp at the top right of the envelope, and mail your letter.

Items you will need

  • 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper

  • Pen

  • Envelope

  • Stamp

Tip

  • Don't send perishable gifts, such as food, liquids and flowers; money; or any other personal items that could be damaged in the security screening process.

    It is illegal to threaten or harass the first lady.