The first step is to decide if the president’s office or the agency that runs it needs the letter.
The answer is usually a resounding yes.
“The president is the most important person in the world,” said Dan Kline, a senior adviser at the Brookings Institution.
If he needs a letter from you, there’s no need to worry about it being sent.
“They want to send a letter that will be read by the American people,” said Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and former ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.
If the letter is from the president, it should include his name, office and agency name.
But the letter also should contain a letter of support, if you have one.
If you’re a journalist who writes a story about the president or the agencies, your name should be included, too.
“If you’re not writing a story for a publication, you don’t have to put your name on it,” Painter said.
And even if you do write a story, the president has to approve it.
And if the letter from the White House or agency asks for permission, you should give it.
“That’s the only thing that gives you permission,” Painter added.
“And the president is not going to give it without saying, ‘You have my permission to write this letter.'”
But the president might not be able to give you permission.
“He might not want you to write the letter unless he’s in a good mood,” said Painter.
“Or he might say, ‘I’m writing you because you wrote an op-ed that got me fired.
I don’t want you writing this letter if you’re in a bad mood.'”
Painter also said the president may not want a letter sent by a member of Congress, even if the person isn’t on the committee that oversees the agency.
And you should avoid using a phone number in the letter to get the president to agree to it.
If a letter is sent, ask the agency to send you a copy, but it doesn’t have the authority to do so, Painter said, so don’t be surprised if the agency sends you a letter with a different phone number than the one you received.
“It’s best to say to the agency, ‘Can you send me your letter?’,” Painter advised.
And finally, if the office of the president wants to send the letter, they should also ask for permission to do that.
The letter should be dated and signed by the president.
If they ask for the letter’s contents, the letter should say that the president and the agency are grateful for the work of the writer.
The same goes for any supporting material.
If it’s a letter about a health or safety issue, say so.
“A lot of times you’re dealing with a president who’s very busy,” Painter explained.
“You’re dealing, at least, with a lot of presidents.
You’re dealing in the middle of a big political campaign.
It might be that the letter isn’t going to be the kind of letter that’s going to get across to the public what the president really thinks about the issues.”