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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.


May 31, 2005
Jim Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon. I'm Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson. This past weekend, America paused, at sites all across the Nation, for our annual observance of Memorial Day.

May 25, 2005
Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of Energy

Hi, I'm Clay Sell - the Deputy Secretary of Energy. Thanks for inviting me to participate in my first session of "Ask the White House." There are a lot of important issues facing the energy sector right now and I look forward to answering your questions.

May 13, 2005
Colby Cooper, Acting Senior Director for Strategic Communications and Global Outreach, National Security Council

It's a pleasure to be on "Ask the White House" today to talk about what was a wonderful and productive trip by the President and Mrs. Bush recently to Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, and Georgia. I look forward to your questions, so let's begin.

May 12, 2005
Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce

It's my pleasure to be a part of the Ask the White House online forum. I am honored I have the opportunity to discuss with you the benefits of CAFTA. Let me begin by telling you how humbled and grateful I am to serve in President Bush's Adminstration.

May 9, 2005
Lonnie Hovey, Director of Preservation Executive Office of the President

Good afternoon. Saturday was the 3-year anniversary of President Bush rededicating the former State, War and Navy Building as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building to honor President Eisenhower and his nearly eight years of service to our nation in the building. It's my pleasure to host this session of "Ask the White House" and discuss the EEOB's history over the past 130 years.

May 5, 2005
Jim Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon. It's my pleasure to join you in today's "Ask the White House" web chat to discuss the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the many services we provide to the nation's 25 million living veterans and their families. ... With the President visiting our allies in Latvia, Russia, Georgia and the Netherlands – and myself joining this week with our allies in the Czech Republic – we are reminded of the successful battle against oppression 60 years ago and honor those fighting to extend liberty and democracy around the world in today's war on terror.

May 4, 2005
Ambassador Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs) and Thomas Graham, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian Affairs

The President will celebrate the defeat of Nazism in World War II, the end of Communism after the Cold War, and the advance of freedom throughout Europe. He will discuss ways in which free countries can promote freedom in the world working together and advance security and prosperity for their peoples. He looks forward to honoring the American and Allied soldiers who made possible the victory over Nazism 60 years ago and honoring the sacrifices of those nations who suffered during World War II and the Cold War.


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