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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.


July 31, 2007
Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Good afternoon, this is Mike Leavitt and I'm glad to be here with you today to discuss the Administration's efforts to improve the safety of imported products and increase access to affordable health insurance plans.

July 30, 2007
Al Hubbard, Director of the National Economic Council

Last Friday, we learned that during the second quarter of 2007, the economy grew at a 3.4 percent annual rate. Real Gross Domestic Product has now expanded for 23 consecutive quarters, or nearly six years. The economy is now 17 percent larger, after inflation, than it was when President Bush took office.

July 20, 2007
Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health & Human Services

Good afternoon, this is Mike Leavitt. I'm pleased to be joining you today to answer questions about current health care issues and how we’re working to increase access to affordable health insurance plans. If you are interested in learning more, I’d encourage you to also visit our new website on this issue:

July 19, 2007
Steve McMillin, Deputy Director of OMB

Hi all – Good to be with you this afternoon. Today, the President is in Nashville, Tennessee talking about the good news on deficit reduction, and the importance of spending restraint in Washington so we can continue our progress towards a balanced budget. We are meeting the government’s most pressing needs, while ensuring that American families can keep more of what they earn.

July 9, 2007
Karen Hughes, U.S. Under Secretary of State

Good Afternoon. It is a pleasure to be with you to discuss today’s White House Conference on the Americas, and our nation’s broader commitment to the social, political and economic advancement of the Western Hemisphere. We recognize the great importance of our neighbors to the South; in fact, when I became Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, President Bush asked me to make Latin America one of my priorities.


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