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 29, 2005 Cathie Martin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Communications
I am pleased to be with you this afternoon to answer your questions about the President's proposals for strengthening Social Security and offering voluntary personal accounts for younger workers. As you may know, Social Security is sound for today's seniors, but it faces financial problems that will lead to bankruptcy if we fail to act. I hope that my responses are helpful in explaining how the President proposal would strengthen and save Social Security for future generations.
April 27, 2005 Hector Barreto, Administrator, Small Business Administration
Good afternoon, everyone. I am very pleased to be participating in today's "Ask the White House" Web chat. As administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration it's of added significance for me to be joining you during National Small Business Week.
April 21, 2005 Sara Armstrong, Director, White House Visitor's Office and Dale Haney, White House Horticulturist
Thanks everyone for joining us. We look forward to taking your questions on the Spring Garden Tours, which will be held this weekend. We invite you to watch "
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April 20, 2005 Samuel Bodman, Energy Secretary
First, let me say that the Presidents comprehensive energy policy focuses heavily on conservation, technology and greater overall efficiency, as well as the development of renewable and alternative fuel sources. These are important parts of our overall strategy, and its important the Congress act to get comprehensive energy legislation to the President this year.
April 18, 2005 David Eisner, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
...it's great to kick off National Volunteer Week on Ask The White House.
April 15, 2005 John Snow, Treasury Secretary
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Ask the White House. I know that Tax Day isn't anyone's favorite
day of the year, but I'm awfully glad to be spending part of it with you, answering your questions on taxes and Social
Security. Every American who pays taxes is paying a lower Federal tax bill today than they did before President Bush's
tax cuts were enacted, so I hope that you find this April 15th had significantly less sting than some tax days you may
remember. My great hope, and the great hope of our President, is that Congress will make those cuts permanent so that you
can count on less painful tax days for years to come.
April 12, 2005 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General
Good afternoon. I am pleased to be able to answer your questions today. As you know, I testified before Congress last week regarding the renewal of 16 provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act...
April 5, 2005 Chuck Blahous, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Hello and welcome to "Ask the White House." I am here to respond to your questions about the President's proposal to allow younger workers the voluntary opportunity to have personal accounts within the Social Security system...
April 4, 2005 Anita McBride, Mrs. Bush's Chief of Staff
Good afternoon. I'm happy to be here on "Ask the White House" and I look forward to your questions. Let's get started.