If you want to learn how to get a politician’s autograph, you should know a few basic things. Politicians theoretically work for you. They need public approval in order to get elected (or re-elected). Athletes or musicians can just tell you they don’t have time for your autograph (in fact, doing so might make them appear even cooler), but in a democracy, everyone's vote counts, so politicians must at least give the impression that they care about you wanting their autograph.
To learn how to get a politician's autograph, you will need:
- A pen
- An envelope (if you are writing a letter)
- A stamp (if you are writing a letter)
- A piece or paper or whatever item you want signed
- Don’t write a letter. If you write a letter, you will likely get an “autograph” from the politician, but it will probably not be authentic. Politicians are busy people and they can’t sit around answering fan mail all day. The autograph you receive will probably be a stamp, an auto-sign or the authentic signature of the politician’s legislative aid or college intern.
- If you are set on writing a letter, make it stand out. Think college admissions essay standout. Yes, some letters do make it from the assistant to the actual politician, but only the memorable ones. If you are writing to Barack Obama, for example, you should realize that even Republican members of Congress are in line to get his autograph. Don't write something like, "Dear Mr. President, it is cool that you listen to Beyonce. Can I have your autograph?" Write about what it would mean to you to have his or her autograph.
- Attend a political event where the politician will be speaking. The smaller the gathering, the better chance you will have in obtaining the politician’s autograph. If you can attend a private event, you will have a better chance of obtaining the politician’s autograph. More intimate gatherings generally cost a lot of money, but many colleges host prominent politicians for free to their student body and sometimes the public.
- Bring a pen and paper (or photograph). Politicians must move quickly through crowds or they will get ambushed by the mob (especially if they are very popular). Low profile state senators or representatives will be much easier to talk to. They might even answer a question or two before moving along. But presidential candidates, governors and some United States senators will draw large crowds. Be ready with a pen so you don’t miss your opportunity.