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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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Amy Allman

December 20, 2007
Amy Allman, Director, White House Visitors Office

Happy Holidays and welcome to "Ask the White House!" The theme this year's holiday season is "Holiday in the National Parks," and I hope you will take time to look at all of the wonderful photos of the decorations on the White House website. My job as the Director of the Visitors Office is to welcome visitors to the White House to see the beautiful decorations, and our office works very hard to get in as many people as we can! Thank you for submitting great questions about the holidays at the White House. I'll try to answer as many as possible!

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Anita McBride

December 18, 2007
Anita McBride, Assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! Thank you for joining me. I'm Anita McBride and I serve as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Mrs. Bush. At this special time of year the White House, like homes all across America, is decorated to celebrate the season. I'm pleased to share with you the story of this year's theme, "Holiday in the National Parks." The decorations highlight some of America's treasures, our national parks. I look forward to answering your questions today about Christmas at the White House.

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John Walters

December 12, 2007
John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Federal government's balanced approach to reducing drug use in America. As the President announced yesterday, youth drug use has declined significantly over the past six years. While we are pleased with this progress, we know that there is still much more to be done. I look forward to your questions and comments on this important public health and public safety issue.

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Henry Paulson

December 7, 2007
Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary

Thank you all for writing in today. We’ve been hard at work over the past few months to develop ways to prevent some struggling homeowners from losing their homes. Many of you saw the announcement made yesterday to streamline the process of refinancing and modifying subprime loans for able homeowners – I look forward to answering your questions on that. But let me stress here at the outset, the approach announced yesterday is not a silver bullet. It is one piece of a plan President Bush has directed his Administration to pursue. We face a difficult problem and there is no perfect solution. But we will continue to work on this in an effort to preserve communities by preventing foreclosures.

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