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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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Elaine Chao

August 29, 2008
Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor

I was honored to be asked by President George W. Bush to lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the 29th summer Olympic Games in Beijing this past weekend. The other members of the delegation were U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, U.S. Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt, the Honorable Karen Hughes, World Champion Figure Skater Michelle Kwan and President of the U.S. Olympic Committee Peter Ueberroth. It was an historic occasion. The Chinese people made an enormous effort to present an unforgettable experience The magnificent pagentry of the opening and closing ceremonies, coupled with the beautiful venues prepared for the games were truly memorable. We enjoyed cheering on Team USA and celebrating the spirit of all the Olympians competing at these games.

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Carlos Gutierrez

August 12, 2008
Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce

Thank you for joining me today on "Ask the White House." Today is "Trade Day," the day the Department of Commerce releases trade data for the first half of 2008. Last year, exports accounted for a record 12 percent of our gross domestic product. Today there’s good news to report: exports of goods and services were up 18.8 percent year-to-date through June, and our trade deficit continues to narrow. Trade continues to be an important contributor to our economy.

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Keith B. Hennessey

August 4, 2008
Keith Hennessey, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

Hello from the White House. Washington, DC was built on a swamp, and we’re always reminded of that in August. I’m here today to discuss energy policy.

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