To Elvis From Nixon, and Other Presidential Letters to Celebrities

By Jennifer Lewis

The Gipper gushes over an adorable alien and Richard Nixon thanks Elvis for his Colt .45.

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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 stationary 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 from past presidents.

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