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
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  1. redbeard

    anyone else ever notice this too:
    why is it everytime I see him- he has this I just crapped in my pants look- like constipation or something

    or that dumb deer in the headlights look

    cnn will probally not post from ol redbeard anyhow

    December 7, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    This is just another example of the incompetence of this administration. This is just plain embarrasing. The leader of the free world can't even get a phone number right. Some poor sap probably lost his/her job, but this is symptomatic of a level of incompetence that is staggering.

    December 7, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Simon, upstate NY

    I think it was mistake. Normally 1-800 is free number to call. Do not look for conspiracy. Let Liberals do their job

    December 7, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. jim - chicago


    December 8, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. From The North

    Bush should have given Americans a Toll Free Number for Prayer. Prayer in all languages is what Americans will need untill this Idiot is out of office. All Glimmer of Hope for America was extinguished when he was elected the first time!

    December 8, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. mark wilkes barre pa

    mark from canada,,,, dont you have anything better to do than inter ject your oppinions into other countries affairs ? Your country is the model of efficency ? your country is asking patients to seek other means of care because Your healthcare system doesn't work. You answer to a country that is a fraction of your size,You sit back and watch other military's fight battles that you have a stake in too, then critisize every mistake that is made, all the while allowing terrorist to come and go through your country turning a blind eye to what is going on so they leave you alone. didn't work for france wont work for you either. We welcome your citizens to vacation at our beaches and visit our amusement parks like disney, we extend a hand of freind ship towards your country when ever possible. Your country is far from immune to all the same tradgedy and failures that come with being a large country like ours. I find it offensive to hear you compare my country to the demise of Rome ,,, and last I heard the British are still breathing !!!!

    December 9, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  7. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    How about a ticker subject that amounts to something, other than a petty report of how the President gave out some wrong phone number, thank God he's human at least.
    How about a ticker report on the latest headlines of "U.S. troops close on taliban town"?
    I do note the headline gives credit to our U.S. troops, but not to the Afghan National Army going in with our soldiers, or to NATO, for this team effort get these terrorists.
    This is team effort, and note how the taliban is bringing more in, and it just so happens that the town, Musa Qala, is in the world's largest poppy growing region.
    The taliban protecting their drug crops.
    Who and what feeds and funds the taliban?
    Its a shame more Americans can't see this

    December 9, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    To Kristy Sanborn

    Talk about uninformed. The Taliban tried to ban poppy production while in power. All things dubbed profane including drugs and alcohol, which punishable by death. It's these same remote villages that you speak of that even the Taliban couldn't control. The laws of orthodox Islam strictly forbid these types of thing. It is the West's unquenchable thirst for hashish and heroin, that pushes drug production in a country whose inhospitable geography and climate will allow them to grow only the toughest plants. If America would allow it's own people to grow their own marijuana and opium, we wouldn't be once again, outsourcing another job to a foreign country.
    Me being a marijuana user, I find it laughable that you think, because someone smokes a little hash or opium that they want to support terrorist organizations. What are the real reasons these zealots have so much money in their pockets. Can you say handouts from mosques in Saudi Arabia. Why has poppy production has doubled since the fall of the Taliban. Can you say it's a free country now! These people have been liberated and choose to grow poppy and marijuana. I wish Americans could be as free to choose their destiny. Farmers grows plants, politicians grow lies.

    December 9, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    jim – chicago:

    Only nitwits like you would think that this is a viable reason for impeachment.

    December 9, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. S, Orlando, FL

    Val Davydov-

    No, but mangling our Constitution and lying to start a war are.

    December 9, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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