Contact the White House

President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the public, via phone, mail, and the web.

Call | Write | Send Gifts

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Call the White House

Comments: 202-456-1111 (TTY/TTD: 202-456-6213)
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Visitor's Office: 202-456-2121

Write a letter to the President

Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

  1. If possible, email us from your computer at This is the fastest way to get your message to President Obama.
  2. If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible
  3. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.
  4. And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure your message gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Sending Gifts

While President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Biden appreciate your generosity, they request that instead you look to your local community for opportunities to assist your neighbors in need. The President and the First Lady strongly encourage all Americans to consider sending contributions to their favorite charities in lieu of gifts to the First Family. Please visit to find volunteer or charitable opportunities in your community.

For security reasons, please do not send perishable gifts —such as food, liquids, or flowers — to the White house. The White House is unable to accept cash, checks, bonds, gift certificates, foreign currency, or other monetary equivalents. Additionally, items sent to the White House are often significantly delayed and can be irreparably harmed during the security screening process. Therefore, please do not send items of personal importance, such as family photographs, because items may not be returned.