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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.


May 24, 2006
Michael Doran, Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs, National Security Council

Good afternoon. The President and Prime Minister Olmert had an excellent visit yesterday, in which they discussed a number of pressing issues, including the Roadmap, the Prime Minister’s efforts to advance peace, the common threat we face from Iran, the assistance that we are providing to the Palestinian people in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

May 22, 2006
Brett McGurk, Director for Iraq, National Security Council

Hello again - this time from Baghdad. I have been here for a couple weeks and on Saturday witnessed the first full and peaceful transition of power from one elected government to another in the history of this remarkable country.

May 19, 2006
Joel Kaplan, White House Deputy Chief of Staff

Hi. It's great to be here again on Ask the White House to discuss immigration reform. I had the privilege of traveling with the President yesterday to visit with the men and women of the Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona.

May 18, 2006
Mark Warshawsky, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy

Good afternoon, everyone; it’s great to be with you in cyberspace today. I’m pleased to be able to answer you questions about the American economy...

May 12, 2006
Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy

It is a pleasure to be here with you once again on Ask the White House. I should start off by saying that I know that rising energy costs are a concern to everyone.

May 10, 2006
Dr. Mark McClellan and Scott McClellan

We're pleased to be with you all this afternoon. One of the special privileges of this job, and there are many, has been working with my brother Scott.

It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve the American people as White House Press Secretary for nearly three years now.

May 5, 2006
John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s good to be spending this time with you in cyberspace. We had good economic news this morning, with the April employment report showing more jobs, more hours worked and higher wages.

May 4, 2006
Fran Townsend, the President's Homeland Security Advisor

Welcome everyone. I'm Fran Townsend, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.


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