March 28th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush gives out wrong hotline number - again

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Bush has had trouble with a housing relief hotline."]

(CNN) - When it comes to a government hotline number for homeowners seeking mortgage relief, President Bush just can't get the digits right.

After a housing roundtable in New Jersey, Bush twice gave out the wrong number in a public statement, saying the relief line was 1-88-995-HOPE – leaving off the third 8 in the area code of the correct number: 1-888-995-HOPE.

At the end of his statement, the president was quietly informed of his mistake and issued a correction.

Bush had trouble with the same number in December when it was first unveiled. Then the president incorrectly said the number was 1-800-995-HOPE.

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.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. keith Franklin, Tn

    You mean W has trouble with numbers as well...I mean he is such a "genius" with the English language. I think W's next career move will be to learn to read. God knows he cannot function in the real world.

    Ahhh....the great Divider has only months remaining in his reign.

    What a waste of manpower!!!

    March 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Mike

    Surprised he didnt give out the number to a major oil company.

    March 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Sal in Phoenix

    We all know he's not a mental giant...This is no surprise..His aides give him something to read and he can't even do that right.

    March 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. ben

    Is a comment really necessary ?

    March 28, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |