December 7th, 2007
05:47 AM ET
15 years ago

Bush gives out wrong hotline number

Bush accidentally gave out the wrong number Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Harried homeowners seeking mortgage relief from a new Bush administration hotline Thursday had to contend with a bit of temporary misdirection from the president himself.

As he announced his plan to ease the mortgage crisis for consumers, President Bush accidentally gave out the wrong phone number for the new “Hope Now Hotline” set up by his administration.

Anyone who dialed 1-800-995-HOPE did not reach the mortgage hotline but instead contacted the Freedom Christian Academy - a Texas-based group that provides Christian education home schooling material.

The White House press office quickly put out a correction moments after the President’s remarks. After dialing the correct number, 1-888-995-HOPE, CNN was connected to a “counselor” within three minutes. White House: Bush Subprime plan offers help to 1.2M

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. Joe G, Washington, DC

    Bush proves once again that he is a D-O-P-E.

    December 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Juan, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Quality news by the Communist News Network...

    December 6, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. rob

    Poor Shrub. He loses his own house in 13 months!

    December 6, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. John, Boston, MA

    Such a goof he is.....We couldnt expect anything better from George.

    December 6, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. JM, OH

    Typical Bush... Why do I keep hearing the Benny Hill theme song?

    December 6, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    this guy is NOT a genius

    December 6, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    President Bush is such a dunce. Is he really this dumb or is this a stratagem? This man can't get anything right. Stumbling into the Presidency was his most clever feat. After reaching the apex of presidency popularity he found a way to screw that up. What a waste.

    December 6, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Iam so glad he spoke to tha nashun–and give us a good number to call fer hep"

    December 6, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Scott, America

    Juan... you seem to be blaming CNN for reporting this. How come? Should they have left the mistake uncorrected? Shouldn't people be informed of the correct phone number?

    December 6, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton, TX

    It should have been 1 888-BIALOUT!!!

    December 6, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Marilyn, Barbourville, KY

    I think it's wonderful the President is deciding to do something about the mortgage crisis but it's a little too late for those of us who have already lost our homes because of it.

    December 6, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Austin, TX

    How could we have elected him twice. He is not the fool, we are!

    December 6, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Drew, Oakland, CA

    Wow, Juan from Florida, I didn't know any self-respecting American still shilled for George W. Bush, demonstrably the worst President in American history. Guess you showed me! Facism and ignorance are WAY easier than participatory democracy and critical thought! Ooh, FoxNews is on, pass the Cheesy Poofs. What were we talking about again? 😉

    December 6, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. J, Arkansas

    This really isn't a big deal. He mixed up 1800 (which is what all the toll free numbers used to be) with 1888 (which many are now). We all know he's slow, and the White House corrected the mistake promptly.

    December 6, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. chris, chicago, il

    This is a big surprise from a guy who has been attacking the wrong country for five years.

    America, are you serious?

    December 6, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. baaaaa


    December 6, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. David, Orlando FL

    Oh, yes- hauling out the "communist" card again.

    Anybody who doesn't agree with Bush is a commie. Hmmmm...sounds a bit oppressive to me, kinda like Stalin and Hitler.

    December 6, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. john mitchell, Orlando Florida

    What do you expect from a man than has trouble speaking a grammatically correct sentence. Go Yale ! I am amused that he talks about not wanting to bail anyone out, yet Wall street keeps getting in the form of rate cuts from their do boys at the Fed a huge handout.

    December 6, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Dave, Denver, CO

    Sigh–What do we expect? The guy has a middle east peace conference that was supposed to salvage his entire presidential legacy and can't even pronounce the two principal leaders' names.

    December 6, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Chuck, San Antonio TX

    Dubya misinforming the public? Say it ain't so!

    December 6, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Luis Rdoriguez,Torrance,California

    What is the big deal about him giving away the wrong #?His whole life has been a wrong #!

    December 6, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Jim rego Park, NY

    Good us all!

    December 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    It wasn't the wrong number it was just botched intelligence. Jeez it's not like we went into a war or something with false pretexts???
    Bush will bail his buddies out (Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales). But you, you better look for a second job to pay that rising mortgage. Relax I hear the Army is hiring part-time.

    December 6, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. demwit

    What's Brad Pitts number? Anyone??

    December 6, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. pat huntington ny

    What else would you expect from the idiot in chief.

    December 6, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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