Every day President Barack Obama is handed a special purple folder. The folder contains ten letters, and every day President Obama takes time to read them.
Are they from world leaders? From members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Members of the intelligence community?
No, these letters have been culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president.
"They help him focus on the real problems people are facing," says Axelrod. "He really [a][sic] absorbs these letters, and often shares then with us."
Of course, this doesn't mean that your letter will be read. But, the tenacious American that writes as often as they can will surely have their point heard. What does President Obama do with those letters that touch him the most?
Some of these, maybe two or three each day, the President responds to in his own hand.
Not a form-letter, not a mass-produced response, he writes them himself.