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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.

Previously on Ask the White House Ask the White House Archives

December 20, 2006
Gary Walters, White House Chief Usher

Happy Holidays! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for joining us today. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the decorations, Holidays at the White House or anything else on your mind. So, let's get started...
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December 19, 2006
Karen Evans, Administrator of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget

Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks for sending your questions. E-Gov is celebrating its 4th Anniversary and I am proud of what the Administration has accomplished through President Bush’s E-Gov Initiatives and Lines of Business these past four years. E-Government is a collaborative effort by our federal agencies. E-Gov is successful because of agencies' commitment to it, and I congratulate them on this 4th Anniversary for their successes.
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December 18, 2006
Lea Berman, White House Social Secretary

Seasons greetings to everyone and thanks for sending your questions. Christmas is a busy and joyful time in the White House Social Office. The President and Mrs. Bush have extended holiday invitations to over 10,000 people for 24 parties over a period of 20 days. They personally greet and take photographs with all their guests, wishing them the best for the coming new year.
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December 13, 2006
Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer, President’s Malaria Initiative Coordinator

I am honored to lead the PMI because we are saving lives in Africa now and our goal is to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent in 15 target countries by reaching 85 percent of the most vulnerable groups - children under five years of age and pregnant women - with proven and effective prevention and treatment measures.
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December 12, 2006
Sara Armstrong, Director, White House Visitor's Office

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and thank you for joining me! My name is Sara Armstrong, and I’m the Director of the White House Visitors Office. I’m delighted to take your questions today about the holiday season at the White House. During December, we’ll welcome more than 45,000 visitors to the White House for tours of the beautiful decorations. The White House staff has been busy for months planning for the holidays, and we are pleased to share the end result with our visitors.
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December 1, 2006
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Thank you very much for joining me on World AIDS Day. This morning, I was at the White House, where President Bush announced the latest results achieved by his Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has supported antiretroviral drug treatment for over 822,000 people in 15 severely affected countries in the developing world.
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