A while ago we wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, inviting him to visit the New-York Historical Society for a personal tour of “The Black Fives,” the superbly curated critically and acclaimed exhibition on African American basketball that is open through July 20, 2014.

White House letter

Last week we heard back from the White House in the form of a personal voice message. Take a listen:

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We really appreciate their thoughtful individualized reply. It’s cool!

Also, we assume that 1) the White House only replies to the most compelling letters it receives, and 2) the President is very interested in learning more about the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball!

Here is the transcribed text:

Good morning my name is Lianna and I’m calling from the White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling, and this call is in reference to a letter we received from you in May of this year addressed to the President, inviting him to “The Black Fives” at the New-York Historical Society. Unfortunately, the President’s schedule will not allow him to accommodate your invitation but we thank you for including him in your plans. And we hope your event goes well. Have a nice day.