A White House mailroom staffer has confirmed that nearly 2.5 million red envelopes have made their way to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion record. The staff member says the campaign is one of the largest efforts he can recall in his 35 years working at the White House.
The mailroom worker, identified in a WorldNetDaily interview as Steve, helps oversee the mail destined for the president. Asked if he had seen a deluge of red envelopes in recent weeks, Steve responded: “Uh, yes. Believe me, they made it here. Quite frankly, there was definitely a deluge of mail coming through,” he laughed. “I had to handle them all.”
Though President Obama was in Europe on a foreign trip at the time, the White House worker said the Obama administration has noticed the flood of red envelopes against abortion.
“I’ve been here 35 years, so I’ve seen presidents come and go,” he told WND. “This campaign ranks up there with the big ones.” Inspired during a prayer, Massachusetts resident Christ Otto came up with the idea of sending red envelopes to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion policies. As he told LifeNews.com back in February, what started out as an e-mail request to 120 of his Life friends and supporters turned into a nationwide phenomenon that saw others ask pro-life advocates to coordinate sending their red envelopes to Obama.
“We are trying to change the president’s heart,” Otto says. “This is a message to a man that God hears the cry of innocent blood. It is not a political stunt, although I hope it changes policy in Washington.”
Local software developer David Avakian says he sent a red envelope to Washington to touch Obama’s heart.
“When I discovered the red envelope cause, I immediately felt the need to share it with all my Facebook friends and co-workers with the hope of creating awareness. And [I hoped] that all of us would send the President hundreds of red envelopes to let him know our hearts and maybe touch his,” Avakian says.
He says he got a lot of response from friends in South America, but not many Christians in the U.S., through Facebook.
Avakian says he is discouraged by some Christians’ apathy toward the pro-life cause and the media’s lack of coverage of the red envelope campaign.
“I sent a red envelope for my family. My 9-year-old understood what the cause was about, and he wrote his own. [And]I sent a red envelope for every South American who joined the cause,” he says.
“[But,] I was disappointed that I did not hear anything about this cause on the media at all. We hear about crime and celebrities all the time, but when there is a good pro-life cause out there all is hush-hush.”
Despite the lack of media attention, the red envelopes changed the hue of the White House mailroom.
“If the capital is flooded with so many letters that no one can deny it, I am hoping the image will be burned into Barack Obama’s mind that this is about human blood, and that he lies awake at night until he cannot resist doing something about it,” Otto continued.
A Texas man, Brian Potter, set March 31 as the date for sending the red envelopes and that coordination appeared evident in the comments from the White House mailroom employee. Several websites have been set up in support of the project and the people who have responded saying they sent or will send envelopes has reached more than 1.5 million, though not everyone has registered with the websites.
“For me, this has been a living parable of my philosophy of life and Life : ‘Listen to the Lord, and do what He tells you,'” Otto tells LifeNews.com. “I was not expecting such a dramatic outcome.”