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How Does The President Get His Mail?

Film ReelsPersonal letters to the U.S. President have a secret numerical code.  The President often gets 10,000 letters a day.  Virtually all must be opened, read, and answered by the White House mail staff.  So that letters from friends gets to the President and family unopened, all close friends are given a sequence of numbers to write on the outside of the envelope.  The code changes with each President.  Ronald Reagan’s code was described as a number with a special meaning to Reagan and his wife. Jimmy Carter used an old phone number of Rosalynn’s.

From Big Secrets by William Poundstone