The President of the United States serves as the leader of the executive branch of the federal government. The president is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. Barack Obama serves as the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the job. Meeting President Obama, like meeting any other U.S. President, is extremely difficult, considering the immense amount of security that surrounds him. However, there are ways to meet the president, either in person, at a campaign rally or at a formal White House event.
Volunteer to work on the president's 2012 campaign. The president's campaign is known as "Organizing for America." OFA hosts fundraisers all across the country, leading up to the presidential election in November, 2012. Although there is no guarantee, volunteers are more likely to meet the president at official campaign events. Contact Organizing for America to learn about volunteer opportunities in your area.
Attend a campaign fundraiser. The president often holds fundraisers in cities across the United States. People of all income levels are given access to these events. However, high-dollar donors are often given access to the president during the event. President Obama often takes one-on-one backstage photos with high-dollar donors.
Take a tour of the White House while visiting Washington D.C. Members of the public can take tours of the visitor's section of the White House. Because the president also works in the same building, there may be a chance that you see him while on your official tour.
Visit Washington, D.C. Periodically, the president will eat at a local D.C. restaurant, visit a local non-profit service project, or visit some local establishment. Although visits to restaurants are not often announced because of security concerns, there is a remote possibility that you and the president will choose to dine at a local eatery at the same time.
Write a letter to the president. According to the New York Times, President Obama personally reads 10 letters every day from the thousands of letters he receives daily. If you have a compelling story, your letter may be picked by the president's staff for him to review. For example, you may have concerns about health insurance, taxes or military involvement about which you want to speak to the president. In your letter, ask whether it is possible to meet him while you visit Washington, or when he visits your town.
Attend a White House event. The White House invites members of the public to various events year-round. You likely must know someone who has connections to the White House to get invited to the event. For example, if you are related to a member of Congress or a U.S. Senator, let him know that you would like to accompany him to a White House event the next time he is invited. He may receive more an one invitation to an event.
- The more events you attend, the higher your chances of meeting the President.
- No matter whether you support President Obama or oppose him, maintain composure if you do encounter the president. Speak calmly and clearly. Do not touch the President unless he reaches to shake your hand. Avoid being seen as a threat to any president, as the Secret Service is likely to intervene if they suspect you might be a threat of any kind.
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