Monday, August 07, 2006

Step 1: Call the White House and ask for a meeting

That seems like the logical place to start.

So I called 202.456.1414 and told the person who answered "I would like to meet with the President."

He very politely connected me to the Scheduling Office, no questions asked.

Ashley at the Scheduling Office also didn't bat an eye (as far as I could tell, us being separated by 1,000 miles and phone lines) when I asked for a meeting with the President.

She probably gets that request a lot.

But I've got to give Ashley and the Bush Administration credit.

She did not ask me how much I had contributed to the Republican Leadership Council. She did not ask if I was a personal friend of the President (not that that necessarily does you much good as the late Ken Lay found out).

Instead, she said "OK, how it works is that you submit in writing a letter via fax or mail that's sort of like an invitation."

I can fax my letter to 202.456.6208 or send it to:

White House
Scheduling Office
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20502

Whew. This is going to be harder than I thought.

OK, I will write a letter. I will then fax it and mail it.


Blogger CleverIdea said...

Minimum requirements? Over the years I've thought you've been a great practical thinker on a great many things. Having your minimum requirements is not practical, given that your stated goal is primarily satisfy your curiosity on the process.

I recommend that somehow, someway you come up with something worthwhile to the man, the office that would constitute a fair exchange of value for value. Because you want to unfortunately is not valuable to anyone else.

Your President meets with many people for reasons other than money. I actually think you may succeed, knowing your propensity to succeed in other arenas.

I think you are clever enough to come up with something to bring to the table. Let me know if you want to branstorm it out here. I'd be happy to participate.

3:15 PM  
Blogger CleverIdea said...

p.s. just fax it - you'll only aggravate the staff with duplication via mail.

3:17 PM  

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