A Collection of Presidential Letters to Pop-Culture Icons

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Last week, the world was treated to the very first presidential letter to have ever been Instagram’d, courtesy of Zooey Deschanel. The New Girl darling tweeted, “I am SO EXCITED!” upon opening a special envelope from President Obama, who took to some White House stationery to send his warmest wishes on her 32nd birthday. Jealous? Yeah, we are too. Zooey’s not the first celebrity to receive a letter from an admiring president — check out some fan letters, get-well-soon cards, thank-you notes, and party invitations after the jump.

To: Zooey Deschanel

From: President Barack Obama

Regarding: Her 32nd birthday and her support of ambitious young ladies.

To: Michael Jackson

From: President Ronald Reagan

Regarding: Jackson’s hospitalization after experiencing severe burns on the set of a Pepsi commercial.

To: Elvis Presley

From: President Richard Nixon

Regarding: A recent visit and a World War II Colt 45 pistol.

To: Steven Spielberg

From: President Ronald Reagan

Regarding: The awesomeness of E.T.

To: Shepard Fairey

From: President Barack Obama

Regarding: The Obama “Hope” poster.

To: Chet Atkins

From: President Gerald Ford

Regarding: A visit to Vail.

To: Betty White

From: President Barack Obama

Regarding: Her 90th birthday and birth certificate.

To: Marilyn Monroe

From: Assistant to President John F. Kennedy

Regarding: The President’s birthday party.