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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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June 27, 2006
Victor Cha, Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for participating in "Ask the White House" today. My name is Victor Cha. I am a Director in our East Asian Affairs Directorate at the National Security Council with responsibility for Japan, the Koreas, Australia and New Zealand. We are all looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan this week to the United States. I welcome your questions regarding this visit and will do my best to answer them.
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June 23, 2006
Michael P. Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

Good afternoon everyone. President Bush has made securing our borders and reforming the immigration system a top priority of his administration.
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June 20, 2006
Jim Connaughton, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Good afternoon everybody. As a scuba diver, coral and marine life enthusiast, and a sometime economic and military history buff, today's topic is a particular personal pleasure to discuss! Last week, President Bush signed a proclamation to establish the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. This action represents the largest single act of conservation in our nation’s history and creates the largest protected marine area in the world. I am pleased to answer your questions today on this historic event.
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June 16, 2006
Max Mayfield, Director of NOAA's Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center

Thank you for participating in today’s discussion on hurricane preparedness. Last year we saw how devastating hurricanes can be, and there are many concerns about the severity of this season. I’m eager to answer your questions about what is expected and how best to prepare.
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June 14, 2006
Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Good Afternoon. My name is Peter Rodman. I am the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. I am one of the senior advisors to the Secretary of Defense for formulating international security and political-military policy relating to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Near East and South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. I also provide policy oversight for security assistance and prisoner of war (POW)/missing in action (MIA) issues, and participate in interagency deliberations on policy issues within the National Security Council System.
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June 8, 2006
David Aguilar, Chief, Office of Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon. My name is David Aguilar, and I am the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I am honored to represent CBP and the Border Patrol. CBP remains steadfast in its commitment to securing our borders- it is a matter of national security. Through efforts like the Secure Border Initiative, the Arizona Border Control Initiative, and the deployment of National Guard resources to the border, we are consistently minimizing and shutting down vulnerabilities at the border.
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June 7, 2006
Janet Eissenstat, Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

Good Afternoon and thank you for your interest in the White House Fellows Program – one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for leadership and service. This non-partisan, highly competitive program has a remarkable 40 year tradition of bringing talented Americans to Washington to work at the highest levels of the government for one year as special assistants to cabinet officials. This week, members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowship are meeting to interview potential candidates for the next class of White House Fellows.
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June 5, 2006
Ambassador Karan K. Bhatia, Deputy United States Trade Representative

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) authorized a new U.S. trade and investment policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. AGOA promotes African development by reducing tariffs on African goods.
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June 1, 2006
Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce

I am delighted to be here to discuss the importance issue of immigration reform. This is an emotional and sensitive issue. But we need to find a middle ground that protects national security and makes immigration legal, safe, and humane.
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