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. David Allen Linkenheimer, East Brady, Pa.

    I love the reference to "HOPE" in the phone number... We have been told to have "Hope" for the last 50 years by the polititions and those on the pulpit.
    This message is a little thread bare now that there are informed people who seek to abolish the federal reserve and other extra-constitutional
    creations fostered by the so called elite.
    A return to lawful constitutional money is the cure for the economic woes facing the country.
    The "New Deal" is not a good deal for we the people.

    December 7, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Heidi, Hartford Connecticut

    Does anyone else find it ironic that the # he gave out was for a Christian Home schooling group? Since he is one of those radical born again Christian nuts.

    December 7, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. Trudi, St. Paul, MN

    People make mistakes. He really shouldn't. He has the most powerful position in the world (well after Cheney). This may be a small detail....but remember....God is in the details!

    December 7, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. jon houston tx

    I COMPLETELY agree with KATE in Colorado.
    And Mike, what do you mean the avg. middle class family cannot afford to hire an attorney or accountant? Think about your own statement. I am sorry, but it is ignorant.

    You mean to tell me that you can justify spending one or two hundred thousand dollars on a house, but cannot justify a total of four or five hundred dollars for an attorney and accountant to make sure you don't get screwed on the house.

    We are dumbed down, brainless consumers, bred for basic carnal stimulation to buy and do what we are told when and if we are told. We no longer think for ourselves and when we get into trouble we point the finger and demand help out, rather than accepting responsibility, learning from our mistakes, and in so doing prevent further occurence of the problem.

    Bush screwed up the number, just like he screwed up the whole idea. By bailing people out, he prevents them from suffering the consequences of their mistakes and learning, and so they will simply do it again.

    December 7, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Jon B Flint MI

    Everyone on here is bashing bush. This guy catches flack from the leftest stating this guy is an idiot when he is actually trying to help the very people that make up the base of the democrats. I aggree he is not the best president, but the worst. Come on, people who agree with the intellegence reports stateing that Iran stop building nukes are the same people that jumped down his throat when he beleived reports in 2003. I might add that why is it that iran stop working on nukes in 2003. Guess it probably had nothing to do with us invading Iraq.

    December 7, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Mike, Waltham, MA

    This is much better than any comedian(s). between bushie and the comments, I get enough laughs to fill the day. It's the bushies who defend the bozo who are kind of a buzz kill, though.

    December 7, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. L, NY

    Anyone who makes a negative comment aboout Bush because of this a hypocrite. No one is perfect including CNN. How many times have you made mistakes?

    December 7, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I must be a slow day in the news if this is your lead off news story. We all know the guy is a boob, so what else is new....thanks for the news flash CNN.....keep up the great work!!!!!!! NOT

    December 7, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. A.S. Tamarac, FL

    I couldn't defend the President that he just made a mistake..what happened to his intelligent advisors??? What a joke...just shows once again what a moron he is.

    December 7, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. roger, conway sc

    It is not about the wrong telephone is about the prez doing something that will only help a select few, if he really wanted to do something other than make a political statement he would have helped millions of others...the actual number that will qualify reported by CNN is around 250,000 that is a small number compared to those that are facing or have faced foreclosure so why bother...the GW administration is so corrupt

    December 7, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Once again, Bush proves that he's the WORST. PRESIDENT. EVER. The guy can't even get a phone number right and he's still in the White House?!?

    December 7, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Melissa, Dallas, TX

    Your right Mellisa it was a simple mistake. My 2 year old sometimes messes up her numbers too.

    Posted By JB post falls ID : December 6, 2007 6:11 pm

    You mean, "You're right, Melissa..."

    December 7, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Brian, Tulsa, OK

    at least it wasn't a phone-sex line – that would have been hilarious.

    give the guy a break, folks. you all get your jollies for every little slip up that happens with the President – get a life.

    December 7, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Anton, Conifer, CO

    Hopefully, someone in the administration had the presence of mind to order the "Math & Memory" home schooling package from the Freedon Christian Academy while checking the phone number for accuracy.

    December 7, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. indian, Chicago, IL

    I agree with Kate (Aurora CO). The so called "aid" is going to coming out of your and my pocket. And add to that the 2 trillion dollars and the interest on that money for you know what. The US dollar has eroded about 20% in value in the last 3 years when compared to major international currencies. If China and the Middle East remove the so called dollar peg and diversify their holdings then it will be a free fall for the US dollar.

    December 7, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. John, chicago, Illinois

    Everyone please calm down... "W" will need this number for his spring semester grammar and pronunciation classes, if he can even pronounce these words. Maybe that school can do better job of educating the dunce than Yale and Harvard did?

    I can see the faces of the presidents of Yale and Harvard just wincing in agony every time their school names are mentioned in the same breath with "W".

    Every Alumni should be up in arms while asking these schools how they let "W" get a degree. A degree that the Alumni had to pay outrageous tuition for and also had to do real college level work, while that silver spoon fed, daddy will take care of it or I can just go and cry to mama kid got to skip through what now should be called kiddie kollege.

    That Ivy league degree sure takes a hit every time he opens his pie hole. The only thing worst is all those out there who think that he is not dumb and voted for him.

    December 7, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. jason smith, upstate, ny

    speaking of the middle east peace conference, it was embarassing (and a little hilarious) when ohlmert was overheard telling GW after five minutes of posturing behind the podium "mr president, do you think we could possibly move from behind the podium so people could actually see us shaking hands?" duh.....bush defenders (apparently these still exist) actually say, so what, he is dumb...but he is also a neocon who is leaving a mess for the rest of us...he is destroying the world, our standing in it, our economy, our health care, our is not like he is mr. bean and doesn't affect the whole world with his idiotic defiance and antics.....his fantasyland beliefs actually affect ALL of us....Wall St. shouldn't bail out all the homeowners, especially greedy speculators and flippers, but then again the federal govt., bernanke, etc. do not want to the lenders to all go bankrupt....which would affect EVEN rich people!!!! and in the end, that is all that really matters....right???

    December 7, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. John, Chicago, Illinois

    Your right Mellisa it was a simple mistake. My 2 year old sometimes messes up her numbers too.

    Posted By JB post falls ID : December 6, 2007 6:11 pm

    You mean, "You're right, Melissa…"
    Posted By Melissa, Dallas, TX : December 7, 2007 9:17 am


    Why weren't you there to correct "W" before he made his grammatical error? OK, it was a wrong phone number but, what's the difference you know what I mean.

    December 7, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. r t smith

    He's such an idiot......

    December 7, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    Disaster George Bush did it again, Another disaster. May be disaster George Bush was thinking about his good old days when boose was plentiful around him. Bravo Disaster George.
    How lucky we are... disaster George Bush could have declared World War III... World War III against whom ? Hey !
    What a lil Disaster George we have. That is our fringe benefit that no other mighty country has.

    December 7, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. janice levine Queens NY

    To Marilyn of KY who complains that while this bailout is great it is too late for people like her who have already lost their homes.
    Why bailout any one you people who signed loan documents and make NO MISTAKE the details of these loans are in clear print.
    You chose to live beyond your means in a house you couldn't afford and now you expect the government, i.e. the taxpayers to bail you out ?????
    Go to hell.
    There are many people living within their means, paying their own debts.
    Grow up, get a second job, give up your giant TV, your over extended credit cards and don't burden other people with YOUR debts.

    December 7, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Mike USMC 95-99

    the poor guy needs a drink...

    December 7, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Angeal

    The prompter probably said 1800 no big deal we got the right number.

    December 7, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Bryce, St. Louis, MO

    Does anyone else think that this wasn't necessarily an "accident" by Mr. Bush? I'm not so sure that it was, considering his neo-conservative Christian agenda. Might be interesting to call that "Christian Group" and see what type of principles and philosophy they adhere to...

    December 7, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Scott, Portland, Oregon

    I wouldn't be surprised if was trying to see just how many people he could try to convert before the correction was made, once again trying to push his faith on us....

    December 7, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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