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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.

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.

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.

March 24, 2008
Troy Aikman, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and founder of The Troy Aikman Foundation

Thank you so much for allowing me to spend some time with you today and answer some of your questions. It has been a great weekend for me and I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter weekend as well.

March 21, 2008
Amy Allman, Director of the White House Visitor’s Office

Good afternoon, everyone! I'm excited to participate today on "Ask the White House," and I look forward to taking your questions about the 2008 White House Easter Egg Roll. This annual event will take place on Monday, March 24, on the South Lawn of the White House.

March 13, 2008
Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce

Thank you for your joining me today to discuss the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and the Administration's continued unwavering commitment to the freedom of the Cuban people.


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