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. Jose Card

    I just love this country. I feel so close to our president these days.

    Now we have 800, 888 and 866 and it's confusing. President Bush probably hasn't dialed any toll free number for a very long time.

    December 6, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. philip, alexander city, alabama

    what else should we expect, he has put this country in the worst shape that we have ever been in. hell, he cant even spell hope

    December 6, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Tim, Massapequa, NY

    Yes, people do make mistakes, and this clown has made a ton of them. And a person can honestly read something wrong, however the simple mistake just happened to be a Christian Based home school supply number in Texas of all places is a bit troubling.

    December 6, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. John from America

    Just an innocent mistake heh – and this guy is holding the Nuclear Football!

    Lord help us – we need it with the idiot in charge!

    December 6, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Esperanza, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Well I definitely agree with Laura. . .I never said that Bush was great, but really, everyone makes mistakes and the press is so hard on him. . .can you imagine what it must be like to be him? "Before you criticise anyone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then criticise them, because you are a mile away andd have their shoes." JK. . .but still, be nice to the poor fellow. Its not as easy being president as you think. He's under a lot of pressure, and maybe all the rude stuff about him is what makes him mess up.

    December 6, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. Mike, Fox RIver Grove, IL

    His mistake probably would be more helpful than his plan. It won't help 1.2M Americans, it'll barely help 140,000 if that. It's hugely restrictive, it only affects a very few next year, and does nothing to help those homeowners (not asinine speculative buyers) who can't afford their mortgages because they got a 2% or 3% pay raise but gas went up 30%, heating up 20%, electric up 15%, milk up 15%, and so on. Those are the people who need help!

    Oh, and never mind that his GOOD FRIEND and HUGE DONATION MAKER to his account was CEO of Ameriquest, the biggest more predatory lender, cheater, and deceiver of any mortgage company ever. And one that settled for peanuts on the dollar to the people they ripped off and ruined their lives all so said CEO could be given an ambassadorship by Mr. Bush.

    Homeowners should know of this and understand how they were thrown under a bus by their President for money.

    December 6, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Bush truly is a clown!!!

    Who will be blamed for this?

    Why, Bill Clinton, of course!!!

    December 6, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Donna, Oklahoma City OK

    Laura/Tulsa – We may have made mistakes in the last 24 hours, but we didn't campaign – twice – to run the richest, most powerful country on earth. It's called a higher standard.

    December 6, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Mike, Kalamazoo MI

    It is all a joke – why should people be bailed out while others work their tail of to pay for their homes. People bought houses they couldn't afford and helped drive this up by the spend mentality that is driving america. It is time to let people feel the pain of bad decisions – I don't live on credit and can't live the outlandish life that everyone else lives, but I go to bed knowing that I will be able to put food on my table tomorrow. That is more important than driving a new Mercedes and living in a 4-bedroom house

    December 6, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. jack jett

    Why is it that CNN chooses to focus on this story instead of the fact that Bush lied to the American people and almost lead us into another war?

    Everyday you seem to become a little more of a mouthpiece for the Bush Administration.

    December 6, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. ralph tyler, santa fe,nm

    Bush is not stupid. When he is disinterested he disengages and that is mistaken for stupidity. He is truly uninterested in Americans, and that is what we see.

    December 6, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. Chris, Bentonville, AR

    The President made a mistake. A very common mistake at that. Everyone who criticized the President becuase of a simple mistake should be ashamed of themselves.

    December 6, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. andrew, long beach, ca

    do you think that life is "fair" in general? I don't think so. You should be glad that you're smart enough not be in this mortgage mess. Let's not forgetthat the gov't and greedy "fat cats" knew about this consequences all along and still didn't take any actions, because they knew that they could live their happy lives at that time... well, what a about the BILLIONS of DOLLARS that Bush is wasting in IRAQ... DO you think it's fair to all Americans... Where do you think the money comes from?>>>> certainly not just from "Smart people" like you, but from a lot of those that You call "idots" who had been paying hefty property taxes too......

    December 6, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. Donovan Brownstown, MI

    You think this WASN'T planned?!?!? It just HAPPENED to be a fundamentalist christian education group. Right. This was a planned stunt. I'm SICK of this administration trying to shove their religion down our throats. I'm SICK of neo-cons trying to LEGISLATE religion. Politics and religion should be mutually exclusive. I want freedom FROM religion. As an American, I have that right ... though no one seems to be respecting it – from G.W. Bush to Jehova's Witnesses at my door. The world would be a better place without it.

    December 7, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  15. Jackie, Kirkland, WA

    I completely agree that this was done on purpose – a Christian textbook company in Texas is not a coincidence.

    December 7, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  16. HarHar

    Democrats don't make any mistakes! Ever!

    December 7, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. Colleen, Sacramento, CA

    Any education group Bush promotes isn't worth looking into.

    December 7, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Chad, Durham, NC


    December 7, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. Kathryn, Tampa FL

    Was it an accident? A Texas based Cristian Academy... there's something fishy about that.

    December 7, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  20. erika morgan black dimond wa

    It just does not matter, nothing he does has any relevance and now even he knows it.

    December 7, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  21. barry...dana pt....calif

    Holy cr*p...what next?

    December 7, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  22. kaywood Hopkins Seattle, WA

    You know, I don't think CNN should talk about making errors on LIVE TV, have you ever seen the mistakes they make? We should start posting CNN's mistakes on YouTube 🙂

    I know they won't post this 🙂

    December 7, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. rather laugh than cry, N.J

    Come on,you have to laugh.This guy could put Larry the Cable guy out of a job.Larry is making millions from people who think their own stupidity is funny.He may not make the giving speeches circuit after he leaves but he can always do stand up comedy! As for the money lenders,they knew exactly what they were doing,being greedy and making tons of money. This is a bail out for them and Wall Street not for average joe America.The number wasnt wrong,you will need a lot of faith if you think you will ever get help and keep your home.Lmao

    December 7, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  24. Doug, New Jersey

    Such hate from the national socialists. Want to know all you need to know about these current American liberal democrats?

    You get their support by talking about shooting the president between the eyes. You will never hear a republican politician ever say that, see while liberals embrance such hateful, sick comments, conservatives find them repulsive. It is not that the GOP has some lock on religious people, it is just that it is virtually impossible for someone to fear god and participate in the kind of anger and hate that consumes the being of the average liberal democrat. Let's remember that there are some great people who are libs, they just don't understand what it is they are supporting.

    December 7, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  25. K.T., Seattle, WA

    Thank goodness he gave out the wrong number... why should people who took on mortgages they couldn't afford receive assistance. They make Bush look like a pure genius.

    December 7, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
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