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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.


November 30, 2005
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security

Good afternoon, and thanks for having me. I just returned from a trip with President Bush to Tucson and El Paso, where the President outlined a comprehensive strategy for securing our nation's borders. The President is deeply committed to securing our borders and bringing reform to our immigration system.

November 18, 2005
Ambassador David Satterfield, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Hello, I'm Ambassador David Satterfield, Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the United States of America in Baghdad, Iraq. I am looking forward to chatting with you today in this "Ask the White House" chat.

November 17, 2005
Dr. Mark McClellan
Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Thank you to everyone coming in to chat today. This is an important time in Medicare, as we are adding the most important new benefit to the Medicare program in its 40-year history.

November 16, 2005
Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Welcome to "Ask the White House." I just returned from leading a presidential delegation to Pakistan to raise attention and private sector support for victims of the earthquake there. The devastation is incredible.

November 10, 2005
Jim Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon and thank you for surfing your way to "Ask the White House." I'm happy to answer any questions you have about Veterans Day and the War on Terror. Let's get right to the questions.

November 9, 2005
Dr. Vinton Cerf and Dr. Robert Kahn, Medal of Freedom Recipients

There could not have been two more surprised people at the White House today than the two of us. Most people will immediately recognize most of the names on the list of Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees, but although our names are not household words, our work in creating the Internet now shows up in almost every corner of the world. If Vint has his way, it will show up on the other planets, as well. And if Bob has his way, the Internet will be re-invented many times over in the future by those in the audience and in generations to come.

November 9, 2005
Dr. Michael Green, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council

Thank you for joining "Ask the White House" today. I will be travelling with the President to Asia. We leave on November 14 and return on November 21 after travelling to Kyoto, Japan; Gyeongju and Busan South Korea; Beijing, China and Ulaan Baator, Mongolia. The President is very excited about the trip and I appreciate the chance to answer your questions.

November 2, 2005
Tom Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Thank you all for joining us today. As you may know, President Bush will be traveling to Mar del Plata, Argentina, tomorrow to attend the Summit of the Americas.

November 1, 2005
Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

I appreciate the opportunity to answer your questions today about one of the most important public health issues we face today and that is the threat of global outbreak of influenza commonly referred to as a pandemic. Many of you are learning more and more about the outbreak of H5N1 influenza in birds in Asia. This is still primarily a disease among animals and not people and we simply can’t say whether this virus will emerge to cause a pandemic in humans. But we must be prepared and the strategy the President discussed today is a huge step in the right direction to help get us better prepared. Let's get started with your questions.


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