Automated Response

A few days ago, I shared the letter that I wrote to President Obama asking that the White House be bathed in blue for Autism Awareness Day in April.  I received a response, sort of:

February 23, 2012

Dear Friend:

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with me. I am so glad to learn that you have benefited from the help of our Government.


Each day, I meet with my advisors to make sure we are doing all we can to support Americans during these difficult economic times. It is encouraging to hear stories from citizens who are getting the assistance they need.


As we work to bring relief to families and individuals — from providing COBRA and unemployment benefits, to getting credit for small business and preventing foreclosures — there is still more work to be done. Please know that the trials and triumphs of hard-working Americans motivate my Administration to work even harder to overcome the challenges before us. Together, I am confident we will emerge stronger than before and with a renewed promise of a better future for all.


Thank you again for your thoughtful letter. To learn more about my Administration, please visit: I wish you the best.


Barack Obama


You are receiving this one-time email because you contacted the White House about a particular issue.

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Here is how I read the letter:

Dear voter,
This is an automated response.  Like most of America, I do not understand autism and really have no deisre to make an effort to understand autism.  I don’t think that I will be lighting the White House blue for autism, but check it out on March 17 and it will be green for St. Patrick’s Day.

President Barack Obama

An automated response just won’t cut it.  Autism Awareness Month is one month away.


7 responses

  1. Gosh, I think you’re being too kind. I read that as, “Dear voter, I’m up for election in a few months, and I would really appreciate your support. Have you heard about what I did with COBRA? Pretty cool, huh? Enough about me though, you just be sure and vote. In case your interested in MY administration, check out See you in November!


    In fairness, I can’t imagine how many letters the white house gets on a given day. The fact that you received anything is surprising (I wonder how much we spend for postage, paper, and ink for all these form letters). You might just need to go Andy Dufrain on them, a letter a day, followed by two a day until they respond.

    1. I’m glad someone appreciated my translation. 🙂 You’re right, they probably get a ton of letters every day.

      Maybe I should go all Andy Dufrense on them. Either I will get a real response or a visit from the Secret Service or FBI. 🙂

  2. This is so ridiculous and I don’t know why I’m the least bit surprised. I’m sharing this, if that’s okay. =)

    1. Please do share! We have to get the word out.

  3. […] Last year, Home Depot was the place to buy the bulbs to light up your home or office (it’s not a secret, Mr. President), and I am going to go out on a limb and say that they will have them available there again this year. […]

  4. […] a regular basis, you may have been wondering why I have been so persistent (click here or here or here) about World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month (April).  That number is […]

  5. […] Tomorrow is a world-wide campaign to “Light it Up Blue” by picking up a blue light bulb and installing it on your front porch. You’ll see the Sydney Opera House, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, The Empire State Building, The Cairo Tower in Egypt, The Paris Stock Exchange all shaded blue, but you won’t see the White House joining the cause. A friend has been personally involved in the campaign to get President Obama to participate, and you can read about it on his site (Baffling, The Missing Color, Letter to the President, and Obama’s Automated Response). […]

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