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Welcome to "Ask the White House". This online interactive forum, the first of its kind in politics, allows you to interact with Bush administration officials and friends of the White House.

Launched in April 2003, citizens have participated in over 400 online discussions with Cabinet Secretaries, Senior White House Officials, behind-the-scenes professionals at the White House, and others.

Transcripts of every live chat session are available on this page. If you would like to suggest a participant to appear on Ask the White House, click here.

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Henry C. Lozano

April 29, 2008
Henry Lozano, Director of USA Freedom Corps

Thank you all for joining me today as we celebrate National Volunteer Week at the White House. This afternoon, President Bush will honor Americans from around the nation who give of their time to help the less fortunate, including 33 Peace Corps trainees preparing to leave for a tour of service in Guatemala.

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James Connaughton

April 22, 2008
Jim Connaughton, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me as our nation celebrates Earth Day. We are already enjoying a spectacular Spring in Washington and Earth Day activities abound. Everyone can participate in efforts to conserve natural resources and protect our environment – and President Bush is committed to continuing decades of progress in making our air cleaner, our water purer, and our natural resources better protected. I look forward to answering your questions.

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Anita McBride

April 15, 2008
Anita McBride, Mrs. Bush's Chief of Staff

Good afternoon. Tomorrow the President and Mrs. Bush welcome His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as head of state. This is the first papal visit to the White House since 1979, and it is a very special opportunity for millions of Catholics – like myself – to hear from the spiritual leader of their Church. This historic visit is an opportunity for the President and Mrs. Bush and our Nation to welcome a man of faith and conviction to America. The Holy Father leads a Church of around one billion people worldwide, and the President and Mrs. Bush are honored that he has chosen the United States for a visit as he celebrates his 81st birthday. I’m happy to take your questions.

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Susan Schwab

April 7, 2008
Ambassador Susan Schwab, U.S. Trade Representative

Good Afternoon: Today, the President signed implementing legislation to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress for it's consideration. When approved by Congress, this vital agreement will make American workers, farmers and entrepreneurs more competitive by knocking down trade barriers to 44 million potential customers in Colombia. The agreement will also eliminate one-way trade preferences that benefit Colombia, and create permanent, two-way fair trade that benefits us all. Colombia is one of America's closest allies in Latin America and has made significant advancements in the areas of human rights and economic growth. I am happy to answer questions on this critical trade agreement.

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