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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.


June 25, 2007
Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Commerce Secretary

I apologize for the delay, but we had a fire drill at the Commerce Department. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss what I believe is the most important domestic issue of our time: comprehensive immigration reform. Now is our best chance to solve this critical issue. Doing nothing is not an option. The system we currently have is broken, and we need to fix this problem now.

June 11, 2007
James L. Connaughton, Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality

Good afternoon. I just returned from the G-8 meetings in Heiligendamm, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was a very exciting, productive and successful week. The G8 leaders recognized the importance of confronting global climate change and assuring energy security and economic growth through increased cooperation on technology. The leaders agreed on a process for developing a new international framework by the end of 2008, which will contribute to a global agreement within the UN by 2009. They also agreed to a 15 page program of action on specific subjects including technology advancement, energy security, efficiency, clean power generation (in particular carbon capture and storage), transportation (in particular biofuels), sustainable forestry, buildings and adaptation to climate change. I look forward to answering your questions.

June 7, 2007
Michael Kozak, Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Organizations, National Security Council

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to have a virtual discussion with you today about the Freedom Agenda. In its essence, the Freedom Agenda is a bipartisan U.S. policy of supporting people in other countries who are working to secure their rights of free speech, press, and assembly and their right peacefully to change their government through periodic democratic elections, which are recognized in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international agreements.

June 7, 2007
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security

For over a generation, our broken immigration system has combined with our robust economy to create unprecedented illegal migration across our border. This has threatened our security, undermined our sovereignty, disrespected our laws, and dishonored the tens of millions of people who obeyed the law by coming here legally. What we need is real immigration reform that meets these challenges in comprehensive fashion.

June 1, 2007
David H. McCormick, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

Good afternoon everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you on “Ask the White House.” Every year, the eight leading industrial nations - Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia - come together to discuss the most important issues facing the world. This year’s meeting is taking place in Germany, where leaders will discuss topics on poverty and Africa, health, peace and security and climate change.


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