Bush Offers Wrong Digits On Housing Crisis

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 6, 2007 3:42pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck Reports: President Bush announced news steps to help homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments.  However, the president gave the wrong phone number to millions of viewers watching his statement on live TV.

President Bush said, "I directed Secretaries Paulson and Jackson to expand the public awareness campaign.  And I have a message for every homeowner worried about rising mortgage payments:  The best you can do for your family is to call 1-800-995-HOPE." 

However the president was off by a few digits.  The real phone number is 1-888-995-HOPE. 

The original phone number President Bush read to viewers apparently belongs to the Freedom Christian Academy which has a full mailbox according to a recorded message heard by an ABC News producer.

The White House immediately sent an email correction to members of the press and a very loud overhead page was heard in the press room at the White House announcing the correct phone number.

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