When Dylan Hansen-Fliedner received an email signed by “Barack” asking for help with the great challenges that lay ahead, the 20-year-old sought to reassure the president of his support: “writing this letter makes me run out of words..i love you so much that i dont know how to express it anymore..”

In response to a missive signed by first lady Michelle Obama, he wrote: “Dear Michelle, You existing makes me want to crawl under a rock. Your beauty undoes everything else—the sun dims and my childhood memories become less idyllic.” …

Hansen-Fliedner, a 20-year-old studying Cinema and English, told POLITICO it was something of an artistic project, designed to highlight faux familiarity in an electronic age. He created a Tumblr and compiled the work into a book. He also mailed it to the White House. He has yet to hear back.