Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Can I have your autograph, Mr. President?

Did you send a letter to the president requesting his autograph when you were a kid? I did, but you probably guessed that already.

I remember doing it and being quite excited by it. I'm not so sure why I was excited, I don't know what I expected. Did I expect the president to be impressed by my penmanship and offer me some kid of cabinet position. Of course, I had no idea what cabinet positions were when I was little. I can imagine a letter from the president.

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your letter. You seem like a very bright kid, I think I can use someone like you in my cabinet. What do you think about being the Secretary of the Interior?

My best,

The current president

Ps. Enclosed is a official stamp of The Office of the President. Use it as you see fit.

Sure, I would have been excited if I got a letter like that. He liked me! On the other hand, I'd have no idea what the Secretary of the Interior did. I would have assumed it was some kid of decorating job and would have asked my mom if she could help me.

Then I would use that stamp to authorize everything. Missed a day of school? The president gave me the day off. Don't want to do an assignment? The president says I don't have to. Oh, the things I could have done with an official stamp.

But, alas, I didn't get anything so cool. I didn't even get a personalized autograph. I got this:

To be honest, I'm not 100 percent sure this is mine since I was six when President Ford left office. This may be my brother's picture, I think I had one from Jimmy Carter, but this was all I could find at my mom's house. Mine was still the same boring photo with a boring form letter.

Seriously, did anyone else do this, or was I the only loser?


Carly said...

Hi Mike :)

ROFL! OMG... you know, I wrote an upcoming WA and scheduled for a short time from now, and it is this EXACT topic! Now you have to participate that week! LOL. Anyway, yes, I did write a letter similar, and it was to Jimmy Carter thanking him for not being Gerald Ford! LOL

I got a letter back, which simply said, "You're Welcome!" LOL I always thought Jimmy Carter had the best manners! LOl. A true southern gentleman! LOL



PS I promise, I wrote the upcoming entry and scheduled it weeks ago, just as Karen. :)

Cookie said...


That has to be your brother's photo because I don't even remember Ford and I'm less than a year younger than you are. :p

And, no, I never wrote the President a letter.

Mike said...

Carly: Ha! That's funny. I guess great minds think alike. :)

Cookie: I think it is my brother's, too. I need to find my Carter photo.