I posted a photo of it on Instagram and Facebook, as I do, and my corner of the Internet erupted with wonder. It turns out not many people knew you could request a Presidential greeting when your baby is born, let alone how easy it is. No, we are not really close personal friends with the Obamas (I wish!) Nor did we give a large amount of money toward Obama's presidential campaigns. This greeting is open to all. For many years, you had to mail your request. Now there's an easy online form to fill out. Hawthorne's greeting arrived in less than two weeks. And you're even allowed to procrastinate--you have up to a year after the birth of your baby to request a greeting.
Greetings are also available for other occasions, including weddings, retirements, birthdays (for those over 80), and anniversaries (50+ years.) So this will be the last greeting any of us receive for many, many years. We shall enjoy it.