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

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  1. jason smith, upstate, ny

    Did anybody see the Middle East peace conference where Ohlmert had to tell GW, after five minutes of posturing behind the podium, "Mr. President, do you think we could actually come out from behind the podium so people could see us shaking hands?"...duh....Bush sympathizers say, so what, he is dumb...but it is not like he is Mr. Bean and is just fumbling around with no real harm with his silly antics...Bush's policies, refusal to recognize climate change, increase federal emissions standards, attacking Iraq for oil, destroying our economy, our standing in the world, our democracy, our health care, our educational system....affects all of us....I do not think Wall St. or the federal govt. should be in the business of bailing out greedy flippers and speculators, but then again, they do not want lenders to go bankrupt, that would affect EVEN rich people, that is why we are still in Iraq because rich people are not affected, and actually they are getting richer because of all the oil contracts, reconstruction contracts....why can we just attack a country with absolutely zero proof and when 99% of the country know the truth...number one, because Congress needs to grow a pair, and number two, because even now, a lot of people still refuse to change their wasteful behaviors and agree with the president to make sure we have access to oil in the Middle it is not just a crusade but also a strategic decision to have permanent bases in Iraq, look how quickly we shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq for no reason whatsoever, except to protect oil....however, all Iraqi oil is now flowing to Russia and China, thanks to Bush's alienation of former allies, and his attempts to restart the Cold is a self-fulfilling prophecy that, if you treat your friends as your enemies long enough, they will become your enemies...which is what our govt apparently wants, so it can use all its' military technology it has spent all our taxpayer money on, while it neglects everything else.....

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

    Most of you who posted to this blog probably need the incorrect number. It might dispel the hate in all of your comments you've posted. Maybe your future comments with regards to anyone, might not promote hate and evil. You need to get a life and that can only be gotten though JESUS CHRIST our Lord. May you all have a very Blessed Christmas Season.

    December 7, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Yes, we are allowed to make mistakes. This guy is supposed to have a staff that checks things out before he says them. They are not all on the ball there, are they? A wrong phone number is the least of his verbal mistakes. I think one of the biggest one is when he mentioned three countries in the "Axis of Evil" comment.

    December 7, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Sensible Joe, Gainesville FL

    And so the ineptitude of the Bush administration rears its ugly head yet again...

    Thanks for reporting it, despite naysayers, Competent News Network.

    December 7, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |


    December 7, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Mark, Newfoundland, Canada

    Don't you people have more important things to talk about, like why your nation is falling apart, why the dollar is slowly tumbling down, why your education and your health care is comparable to third world countries, why the rich still keep getting richer and the poor poorer, why corporations and banks control your government and your whole economy is actually financed by foreigners, why the elite use religion and rights to pit the right and the left against each other so you all forget about the real problems, and why your government is on the brink of destroying us all with their pro-war policies? Sounds to me like the empire is about to fall. Can you say Rome and Britain?

    December 7, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. jason smith, upstate ny

    To Laura, Kate is right....people are either deliberately deceived when they know, if they can do simple addition, that a home is too expensive, and what do you mean she is unaffected...home prices were driven up to insane levels by all this speculative investing...people watching too many shows and reading too many magazines, hoping to flip their homes after a couple years and is like any other investment...perhaps you feel anybody who loses money on any stock, etc. should also get their money about people who bought at the height of the market, probably like Kate, just to be able to live in a home....when you defend irresponsible idiots....that is very small-minded to not know how your decisions affect others....these same greedy people buy too large a home and then can still qualify for a free lunch program...if somebody in a million dollar home gets a free lunch, everybody should!!!!!yours is the absurd logic that is destroying this country....the selfish, narcissistic attitude, the materialistic, having to be better than your neighbor (or drive the largest SUV) mentality is at the crux of what is wrong with our society, and now the govt. just says don't worry about it (we'll just distract everybody some more by attacking somebody else)!!!! and you don't see how these bailouts are the wrong thing to do (when people don't learn their lesson)!!!!

    In the old days, the sign of a good neighborhood was when a stranger was not afraid to reprimand your child if he/she was doing something wrong, now people don't even know their neighbor's name because of the insane paranoia spread by our govt., code orange, whatever....our whole society is now poorer because of the dollar's continual decline, not just a few who had to foreclose or those whose home values declined, since they bought in an overvalued market....OUR GOVT'S SHORT-SIGHTED STOP-GAP POLICIES AFFECT EVERYBODY!!!!

    December 7, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. ann arbor, mi

    it's obvious that he was throwing his fundamentalist christian friends a bone on this one. and why isn't it a big deal that our president can't even read a cue card?

    December 7, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. David Allen Linkenheimer, East Brady, Pa.

    If "HOPE" is the message the President should have given out the number for the "Tower of Prayer" out there in "Okey Country" where all sins are throughly washed in the blood of the lamb...
    It whould have boosted the prospects for the "status quo" so called Republicans and Democrats running for office who think religion makes a diffrence.
    When you plan to continue the rape and plunder policys forgiveness (for sin) counts...

    December 7, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Lloyd DeMoss, Arcadia, Iowa

    Why would we expect different from him. What would the folks in New Orleans have given to hear his words of HOPE, not Hopelessness. Great President.

    December 7, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Roger - Miami FL

    Another one from Mr. Bush... He is so folkloric.

    "full me one, shame on me...full me twice...shame on again!!!"


    December 7, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    So the faux President can't read cue cards.

    That's the least detrimental action he's taken in years.

    December 7, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Taylor, Romulus, MI

    Bush during a speech: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!

    Advisor after speech: Uh, Mr. "President", the prompter said Iran, not Iraq.

    Bush: Well, shoot, no difference. We'll just take care of Iraq real quick then hit Iran.

    December 7, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. JC, White City, Kansas

    Just further proof that Bush has his facts right,,,,,,

    December 7, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Sarv, Miami, FL.

    I think all the people commenting here are idiots, not Bush. Almost 100 comments. What's the big deal about getting a phone number wrong. Not that I support all the mistakes this administration has made, but my point is why not go and comment on some real issues on CNN Tickers?

    December 7, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Grovin, Darnassus, IL

    Now if it was just a wrong phone number, I'd write it off, a moron just being a moron, nothing to see here. Btu the fact that the specific "wrong number" he gave leads to a Texas-based organization that provides evangelical indoctrination materials??

    I mean, c'mon, people... what are the odds?

    December 7, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Josh Omaha NE

    Senator Kerry made a botched joke at a college awhile back. China exports toys with dangerous materials in them. Taco Bell poisoned people with contaminated food. Do these mistakes make them failures? Are they idiots for not catching it soon enough? People are too preoccupied with mudraking Bush and this overshadows his successes as president.

    December 7, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    I'm sorry but any of you that are posting comments that are critical of people not retaining a lawyer and or a accountant for a loan or mortgage, your wrong. These predatory lenders were throwing money at them, not everybody is an economist, and or an accountant. Alot of the people that I know who had to foreclose in the last six months, had good jobs, and assumed their payments weren't going to increase by $1,200 to $2,200 a month. Your making excuses for Ben Bernancke and the other federal reserve thugs for depreciating our currency by 21% since 2002. Wages have stagnated and people; at least, here in the mid-atlantic are losing jobs left and right. Housesholds are foreclosing, or selling. The robber baron, land pirates and developers are snatching up family farms and the like, for pennies on the dollar because people are desperate. I can tell Kate from colorado, or Jon from texas, has never in their life had to live paycheck to paycheck before, or chose between bills or food? Has nothing to do with fine print and everything to do with out of control inflation, and lowered interest rates. A gallon of milk is $3.99, to someone like me who only makes $15 an hour or less, any deviation from a limited budget will break you. These bankers need to be held accountable because regardless of what sad stories they they're way better off than most people. It's going to be a cold winter, I fear some of us aren't going to be able to afford heating oil, is that my fault to? What because I couldn't afford an energy consultant?

    December 7, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. John Medrano, Austin, Texas

    George W. Bush is such and idiot! Those of you who voted for this moron have helped to destroy our nation in many different ways. Thanks you bunch of dummies!

    December 7, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Matt, Chicago

    hey juan, the Communist threat ended over 40 years ago. get some new schtick.

    December 7, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    *cue The Price Is Right failure theme*

    December 7, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    I don't think this was an accident. 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 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Kristy (Wylie, TX-a suburb of Dallas)

    I agree that this is an honest mistake. It could have (and probably has) happened to us all at some point (it happened to me this week). HOWEVER, Bush is NOTORIOUS for almost every kind of error there is, which makes any little thing he does incorrectly just another notch in his idiot belt. Also, America and the world expect more from the "leader of the free world."

    December 7, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Terry, Lakeland, FL

    Again I see tons of comments to continue to support the fact that most americans have no idea what they are talking about and talk just because they like hearing themselves.

    December 7, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Jim, Athens GA

    -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.-

    really doug from new jersey? I'm not sure I've ever heard democratic politicans talk about assassinating the president. The hate and anger that you refer to is hysterical to me. When Clinton was in office, the republicans were more angry and hateful than any point in modern american history. and was it because of an unjust war based on false intelligence that resulted in thousands of dead american soldiers, a foreign policy nightmare, a dreary situation with no easy resolution in sight (except for Dick Cheney, he thinks its just peachy over there), and the geratest rise in national debt in the history of the country outside of reagan (we're indebted to china, by the way, the conservative's newest target)?

    Nah, the republicans of the 90's inexplicable anger centered around bill clinton's affinity for receiving oral sex. say what you will, but i'll take a competent peacetime president who oversees economic growth, runs a balanced budget, and bolsters the image of america in the world while getting blown to a dumbass retard who squanders taxpayer money on an unjust war based on lies, exacts political revenge on anyone who disagrees with the retarded positions he takes (see: the treason related to valerie plame)gives tax cuts to the rich in order to further pile on the already out of control deficit, fills important posts with his friends who are just as incompetent and unqualified as he is(read: harriet miers, alberto gonzales, the attempt at bernie kerik, etc. etc. etc.) and basically destroys the credibility and standing that this great country once enjoyed with regard to the rest of the world.

    So yeah, check back in a year and a half when a democrat is in the oval office and see how much anger and irrational fearmongering is taking place in the editorial pages, on fox news and on the radio via ann coulter, hannity, oreilly and the other minions.

    And i'm sorry, but wasnt it ann coulter who john edwards should be assassinated? Wasnt it Bill oreilly who said that san francisco needed to be attacked by terrorists?

    Who exactly are the angry ones here?

    This president is, by far, the worst thing that could have happened to this country at precisely the wrong time. Generations will be paying for his mistakes and corrupt practices. but maybe, just maybe – 8 years of it will be enough to prove to the american public that the political machine is in disarray. if bush can be elected (TWICE!!), then its proof that the system is broken. The media's coverage of the election process needs to be more thoughtful than a glorified horserace. Campaigns should be publicly financed to eliminate the crushing special interest influence. Debates shouldnt be about stupid remarks and 30-second soundbites, but rather substance and ability to comprehend, analyze and react effectively.

    We as a nation are responsible for this. we have allowed ourselves to be lazy enough to be satisfied with the process as it stands, satisfied with the drastically reduced expectations of our leaders.

    December 7, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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