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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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August 29, 2005
Leslie Norwalk, Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Good afternoon, this is Leslie Norwalk, the Deputy Administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that oversees the Medicare program. I am pleased to be answering your questions today about the new Medicare prescription drug coverage that will be available to all people with Medicare in January 2006.
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August 19, 2005
John Walters, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Thank you for your interest in the national methamphetamine challenge and the Federal government's comprehensive and balanced approach to reducing meth production, trafficking, and abuse. I look forward to your questions and comments on this very important public health and public safety issue.
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August 12, 2005
Steve Hadley, National Security Advisor

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to join you today on "Ask the White House". This is my first time participating and I am eager to answer some of the many questions that have come in. I have just returned from spending time with the President at his ranch in Texas. Yesterday, the President met with his defense and foreign policy teams to discuss many important issues facing the Administration and our country at this time.
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August 10, 2005
Allan Hubbard, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director, National Economic Council

My name is Al Hubbard. I am Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. The Economic Team visited Crawford yesterday to brief the President on the current state of the Economy with a special emphasis on how the average American family is doing in this economy...
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August 8, 2005
Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy

Four years ago, the President called upon Congress to craft a bill that would aim to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our domestic supply of energy, enhance energy efficiency, and strengthen our nation's energy infrastructure. After much hard work and negotiation, the House and Senate recently passed an energy bill with broad bipartisan support. Today, with the President's signature, this legislation becomes law.
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August 5, 2005
Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator

Thanks for inviting me today. It's an exciting time for NASA. The crew of Discovery has dealt successfully with a number of challenging issues in our first Return to Flight mission. We have made great improvements to the safety of the shuttle although there is still important work to do before we launch again. The crew has done a great job and they are ready to come home on Monday. I have been extremely pleased to see so much interest in this mission and the space program and I am looking forward to your questions.
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