I recently learned that you can request a birth greeting from the White House, signed by the President and First Lady, within a year of your baby’s birth. Luckily, I found out in time to request one for Alexa.
Well, we finally received our card and – political affiliations aside – the card makes a pretty awesome baby keepsake. But I am a bit bummed I didn’t know about it for Max.
There are several options to request a birth (or adoption!) greeting:
1. Call the White House directly at: (202) 456-2461
2. Send a letter or birth announcement to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
3. Fill out the web form: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/presidential-greetings-request [as of January 20, 2017, this link is no longer active]
You will need to provide 1) your full name, 2) phone number, 3) mailing address and 4) the baby’s full name and date of birth.
The birth greeting can only be requested after the baby is born.
You should receive baby’s birth greeting within 8-12 weeks (I received mine in 11 weeks), along with the President’s seal, and the President and First Lady’s signatures.
My cards states:
Welcome to the world! We know the great joy your proud family must feel, and we are pleased to join in celebrating your arrival.
As you grow and learn, we hope you are blessed with rich experiences, unwavering love, and tremendous opportunity. May you always dream big dreams.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
It’s a very sweet message for any new parent. Don’t forget to request one for your baby too!