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. Ron, Salem, MA

    You know what Josh, I don't listen to these Bush bashers anymore. They make some good points, but most of their carping is nothing more than alarmist BS. According to them, EVERYTHING Bush says and does is horrific; EVERYTHING is Bush's fault. All Democrats are good and smart, All Republicans are bad and stupid. Yeah, right!!! I'm tired to hearing them cry "wolf" about the economy, our civil rights, global warming, oil companies, Halliburton, Iran, Iraq, a wrong phone #, yadayadaya...for that reason they themselves have lost credibility....and the ability to work in a bipartisan manner.

    December 7, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Jr., California

    A simple mistake. Move on people. Haven't you all made mistakes?

    December 7, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Roger K

    God.. can this president EVER do ANYTHING right ????

    December 7, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    As an amatuer historian–I'm wondering just how this man will be remembered in history. Despised by a large percentage of his countrymen, shunned by his own political party, and abandoned by nearly all of his closest personal allies. It truly is lonely at the top.

    December 7, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    The drooling, bible-thumping moron strikes again!

    December 7, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Kevin G, CA

    Did he get this number from his favourite book 'My Pet Goat' ???

    December 7, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Democrat,Phoenix, AZ

    I love how all the Bush lovers come on here and say either "big deal, wrong number" or "everyone makes mistakes"

    This shows you the type of people who voted for Bush.

    December 7, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. beantown

    All you need to know about Bush supporters is that Mark from Wilkes-Barre, PA spelled "rhetoric" as "rederick." Awesome.

    December 7, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. daffy

    Yes illegal immigrants can also apply. Wells Fargo gives mortgages to illegal immigrants.

    December 7, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. FOR Obama

    duh, which is the right number because you listed the incorrect number twice

    December 7, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Corbett, Seattle WA

    Seriously, he is just so used to lying to the public that when it came to a simple factual message his sub-conscious would not let him say it with changing SOMETHING.

    December 7, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Brian Tampa, FL

    GWB graduated from two ivy league schools. Was elected Governor of Texas and President on the United States twice. So for all of you liberals who love to crack dumb jokes I have one question. If he is dumb what does that make you? Your resume doesn't look near that good, does it. And spare me the rich connected daddy comebacks, there are lots of rich connected kids who never sniffed at those type accomplishments. Say, Teddy Kennedy, for one example.

    December 7, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Yes, I agree with you, jason smith. I'll go a bit further: Government bailouts, whereby the government takes money from responsible people and gives it to irresponsible people, is nothing short of legalized stealing.

    December 7, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    Thomas of St. Petersburgh – My how your memory is selective. You need to open your eyes to what conservative politicians – not just people here on blogs – call liberals. If you think liberals are cruel you are completely blind. Wow.

    December 7, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    Look folks, this is probably not an incident of a simple mistake. Bush is not known for his honesty, rather his deception (at least to anyone who pays attention). I don't think this was an accident at all. At first I thought it was just due to his incompetence…or just a simple error. That is, until I read the wrong number was for a company that sells CHRISTIAN HOME SCHOOL materials based in TEXAS. Does this seem like a wee bit of a coincidence to you? How much do you want to bet that we find out some connection between this company and Bush or his administration? It wouldn't be surprising, since Bush is very pro-private (esp. religious) school, homeschooling, and eradicating public education (you have to read behind the lines here since Bush never tells the truth – but he is).

    What I find worse about this story is that CNN reprints the original number and where it goes – playing right into Bush's hands to advertise this place – instead of saying the old number was wrong and here's the new one!

    December 7, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Stephen, Statesville, NC

    I love the way us Americans stand behind our president even when some of us didnt vote for him !!! Im sure Gore would never make such an awful mistake.

    December 7, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Stephen, Statesville, NC

    I love the way CNN offers these chances to "comment"..... but it seems if the comments arent directed towards Bashing Bush....they seem to rarely be posted. Thanks again CNN , u guys are great (Y)

    December 7, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. David

    So the man is s-l-o-w. It seems that those who voted him into office the second time didn't learn after the first term. (Talk about being slow). This proves that there truly is a dumbing down of America.

    December 7, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Rada, Houston, Tx

    Thomas St Petersburg

    1) Ronald Reagan was incapacitated most of his last term – is a FACT he lost it.
    2) Gerald Ford was Clumsy – tons of video confirms that – tons – is a fact
    3) Dan Quayle – my god are you for real you are defending Dan Quayle – he took on fictional characters from tv shows like they were real people – he was the dumbest VP EVER

    but I give it to you the winner is George W. BUSH- his record speaks for itself... please, he started a war to get oil and he did not get any… wake up man…he makes this country look like we are all dumb for putting him in charge of the disaster they call administration.

    December 7, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Vincent King

    Not to worry, my CONservative friends... Like everything else this administration does; the "bailout" is the ILLUSSION OF HELP !

    President Bush’s mortgage relief plan was “set by the mortgage industry and Wall Street firms. The effort is voluntary and it leaves plenty of wiggle room for lenders. Moreover, it would affect only a small number of subprime borrowers.”

    December 7, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Steve in SC

    Brian in Tampa,

    Don't forget, he also had a higher GPA than Kerry!

    December 7, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. David, Atlanta

    This plan is similar to the Clinton plan. All poloticians are the same. People get a lower rate for 5 more years than the responsible people. Why not determine what rate these people can afford. If they can afford a higher rate then raise it. Freezing this rate for 5 years will only delay the problem for 5 years when hopefully neither Cliton or Bush will have any political influence.

    For all you uniformed let me tell you about the investors. 401K plans, Companies whose stock is in 401K plans such as CocaCola. We bail them out and house prices stay high for 5 years. We let the economy work itself out and all our retirement plans lose value. I don't think this is a game we can win. Since I am young I vote to let me buy more stock at a lower price and drop the value of a home to what income can support for the average person.

    December 7, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. kathe oakland, calif

    The Man is stupid – what else did you expect. We all know he does not really give a hoot about us Americans – look at war, look at Katrina.
    Give me a break

    December 7, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Buggie, San Diego, CA

    George Bush IS A WRONG NUMBER!

    December 7, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    The liberals are out in full force calling the president names over this mistake. Get real – this was an innocent mistake and was promtly corrected.

    Leave it to liberals to turn a fly into an elephant and a non-story into news headlines. What a joke this bunch is. Good for nothing.

    December 7, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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