Wednesday, November 3, 2010

UK Mail-Bush Says Kanye's Words Were "Lowest Point In My Presidency"

Former President George W. Bush and Hip Hop megastar Kanye West: Rex Features/Getty Images
(Story reported by UK Daily Mail)

It caused a lot of controversy in 2005 when Kanye West claimed that 'George Bush doesn't care about black people' and it seems the former President hasn't forgotten those words.

Mr Bush said that being called a 'racist' by the rapper was one of the worst moments of his eight years in the White House.

West, 33, had infamously declared on a live telethon to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina victims that Mr Bush was to blame for helping 'the less well-off as slow as possible'.

The President failed to visit New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the devastating hurricane and flew over the region in Air Force One rather than landing and meeting with survivors and and rescue workers which he now says was the wrong thing to do.

In a new interview with Matt Lauer to promote his new memoir Decision Points that is published next week, Mr Bush says that although he did not watch the telecast, he heard what West had said.

'He called me a racist', Mr Bush said on the primetime special.

When Lauer clarified that West said, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people', Mr Bush reiterated that to him those words meant West was claiming, 'he's a racist'.

'It's one thing to say, "I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business". It's another to say, "This man's a racist". I resent it, it's not true and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.

In the book he wrote: 'The suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Hurricane Katrina represented an all-time low'.

(Click here to read the full story on the UK Daily Mail website.)

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