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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.


September 28, 2005
Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy

Good afternoon. I'm Sam Bodman, U.S. Secretary of Energy. I know that given the terrible events in the Gulf of Mexico recently, many Americans are concerned about the effects the hurricanes are having on energy prices...

September 27, 2005
Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Good afternoon. I'm Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I am glad to have the chance to answer questions about HUD's efforts in helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

September 20, 2005
Hector Barreto, SBA Administrator

Good afternoon. I'm glad to participate again on Ask the White House. I look forward to answering your questions, so let's begin.

September 19, 2005
Mrs. Cheney

Thank you so much for your commitment to help those in need. Your compassion and concern are part of what makes America such a great and amazing country...

September 16, 2005
Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Good afternoon. This morning the President and Mrs. Bush attended a service at the National Cathedral to observe the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

September 13, 2005
Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Good afternoon. I'm Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Due to Hurricane Katrina, our nation's housing is on the minds of all Americans. That is the reason why I am here to talk to you today and answer any HUD related questions you may have.

September 12, 2005
Harry Thomas, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Department of State

Good afternoon. We at the State Department, join all Americans in thanking the international community for the outpouring of assistance now arriving from across the globe by air, land and sea to the recovery efforts. As of today, 117 countries and 12 international organizations have offered or sent money, food, vital supplies and technical assistance. These generous offers will do much to alleviate the human suffering caused by the destructive hurricane and its aftermath.

September 9, 2005
Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, United States Surgeon General

Hello, this is Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, United States Surgeon General. I'm happy to be with you today to address some of the issues that have come up after Hurricane Katrina.

September 8, 2005
Desiree Sayle, Director of USA Freedom Corps

Thank you for joining me this afternoon as we discuss short- and long-term volunteer opportunities to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will play a critical role in the weeks and months ahead.

September 6, 2005
Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education

Good afternoon. As the new school year begins, our thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of thousands of school-age children and their families who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

September 1, 2005
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security

Good afternoon. At this time, the federal government is leading one of the largest response mobilizations in United States history to aid those who have had their homes and lives devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and continue to suffer in the aftermath of this storm. We will continue to work vigilantly to ensure that our fellow citizens have the sustained support and necessary aid to recover and reclaim their homes and communities.


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