Letters from the Presidents

What happens when you send the same letter to the living ex-Presidents? Don’t answer. I can’t actually hear you.

Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan

After Ronald Reagan died in June 2004, I read that he used to answer a lot of his mail personally and was known to write long letters to people who wrote to him. This gave me an idea. What would happen if I wrote an identical (fawning) letter to the living ex-presidents. Would they reply? Would it be a form letter? A signature stamp?

On June 14, 2004, I sent letters to presidents Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton. The letters praised each leader for his wisdom and I thanked each for everything he had done in public life.

President Jimmy Carter

On July 30, 2004, I got a letter in the mail from the Carter Center in Atlanta. Well, actually, I got back my own letter with some writing at the top. The handwriting appears to be that of Jimmy Carter.  It also appears to be written with a pen. Heck, he even wrote my name!

Letter from President Jimmy Carter
Letter from President Jimmy Carter

President Bill Clinton

On July 30, 2004, I got a letter from former President Bill Clinton. This letter came only days after the Carter note, so I suspect that Carter must have put the heat on Clinton.

This one looks like a standard “thanks-for-the-positive-comments” letter. And it doesn’t look like former President Clinton signed it himself. But it’s better than nothing.

Letter from President Bill Clinton
Letter from President Bill Clinton
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