There’s an old story that may or may not be true about a traveling salesman who needed a hotel room after a long day on the road. He asked the desk clerk for a room—and the desk clerk responded, as often happens, by saying “I’m sorry, sir, but we’re full tonight.”
The desperate salesman thought a minute and said, “Well, what if the President of the United States was in the neighborhood and needed a room? What would you do then?”
The Innkeeper responded, “Well, if the President were coming, we’d probably be able to rustle something up.” To which the salesman responded:
“I’ve got news for you, pal. He isn’t coming tonight. So you can give me his room instead!”
The President may not be coming to that hotel tonight (or any hotel, for that matter) and unless you’re a close friend or a large donor, or both, he’s probably not coming to your wedding, either, no matter how big a fan of his you and your future spouse may be. But if you send him an invitation, and ask for an RSVP, he (actually, someone working in his correspondence office) will respond!
You’ll get a nice letter congratulating you on your wedding, and expressing the President’s regrets he’s unable to attend (unless, of course, he and Mrs. Obama are free that night and decide they want to come.) It’s signed with an autopen machine—but it sure looks as if it had been signed by him personally. It’s a wonderful keepsake, and a great memento for your special day.
Of course, this being an election year, we know there are many people who wouldn’t want to invite the President to their wedding—or to anything else, for that matter. For those of you who feel this way, you can get a letter of congratulations from Mickey and Minnie Mouse if you’d like. Just don’t try the room trick we suggested above using Mickey’s name—there isn’t a hotel in the world (well, outside of Disney World) that wants to advertise its guests include mice!
To get a card from the President and Mrs. Obama, write:
The Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama
The White House
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
To get a card from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, write:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
PO Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803
Or if you prefer Mickey and Minnie’s East coast incarnations, write:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Magic Kingdom
1675 N. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.
Brandi Riceon April 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm
We sent the President invitation January 3rd. Had completely forgot about it and today I received a very nice letter from the White House. 🙂
Preciouson November 28, 2012 at 5:35 am
Hmmm….now who would I rather invite to my wedding – The President or Mickey Mouse? But are’nt they one and the same really! LoL
What a cute and also funny story, Would not of ever inviting either to my wedding however; it would be interesting to see if one or the other showed up or someone else in their place.lol Thanks for sharing.Happy Holidays.
Hannah Chaseon October 4, 2012 at 12:20 am
I love this!! What a cool idea!!
sue goodon October 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm
Awesome! I would love it!
ashleyon October 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm
this is such a good idea!
Callion October 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm
how fun, I’ll have to do this!
Vittoria @ The Beautiful Thingson October 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm
this is so cute! x
Evelynon September 29, 2012 at 10:11 am
I LOVE the burlap backdrop on the invitation envelope picture, now that is class!
Daraon September 29, 2012 at 12:48 am
I am stoked. Will be very nice after we get married to have as part of our wedding memorabilia.
ANGEL JACKLYNon September 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm
VERY INTERESTING POST! IT FEELS GOOD TO KNOW I’D STILL GET A RESPONSE FROM SOMEONE SO IMPORTANT AS THE PRESIDENT, EVEN FOR LITTLE OLD ME. THIS IS GREAT INFORMATION. THANKS SO MUCH!
Anastasiaon September 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm
We sent an invite to Mickey and Minnie Mouse last Spring and we received a pin and a signed photograph!
Benitaon September 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm
How cool! I would have never thought of this and am getting married. Just added two more guest to our invitation list and sending this weekend. Thank you for sharing this!