Need mortage relief fast? Well, the White House is there for you…no wait, they’re not there after all, but now I think they finally are.

At a press conference this afternoon announcing mortgage relief for victims of subprime lending, President Bush said that the White House had come up with an administration hotline so frightened homeowners could work with a "certified financial counselor."

Well, the number, 1-888-995-HOPE, first didn’t work. But after a few minutes of waiting to speak with a "specially trained professional," I can report that I finally just spoke to someone who said he could direct me to such a professional.

So, don’t worry, the hotline is up and running and our country’s foreclosure crisis could be over by the end of the business day.