Here's some updated information about the best way to get a message to the White House. After e-mailing a link to the oil-digesting enzyme video to the email@example.com address, my friend Kaye received this reply:
Thank you for your message. On behalf of President Obama, we appreciate hearing from you. The President has promised the most transparent administration in history, and we are committed to listening to and responding to you.
In order to better handle the millions of electronic messages we are receiving and respond more quickly, we have implemented a new contact form on our website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Please note that this web form has replaced firstname.lastname@example.org. That email address is no longer monitored, so we encourage you to resubmit your message through the link above. Thank you for using the web form and helping us improve communications with you.
The Presidential Correspondence Team
Keep those virtual cards and letters streaming, in, please!
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometime against us at home, we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake." ~Thomas Jefferson, 1798