Former president George W. Bush was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC show to be aired on November 8th to challenge the infamous statement made by Kanye West, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Bush’s primary agenda was promoting his book “Decision Points” and in doing so, felt it necessary to defend himself against the racist allegations made by one of the most popular and influential artist Kanye West.
Bush realizes that the criticisms against him regarding Katrina is a significant talking point for the majority of the audience but his point of contention highlights the extent to which Kanye offended him as a person.
Perhaps he felt it was necessary to un-tarnish his reputation which makes us wonder if his book is filled with rebuttals for all the personal insults he has endured, instead of issues pertinent to his role as the former president.
“He called me a racist. And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”
George Bush admitted that he was deeply affected by the statement that Kanye West made and even marked it as his all time low moments in the history of his presidency.
Fortunately Lauer catches Bush putting a foot in his mouth again by highlighting, “You’re not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.”
Bush tries to defend himself by saying, “No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
Although the nation no longer has to deal with George Bush as a president, he is adamantly demanding attention and continues to make questionable remarks that reflect his time in office.
Kanye West’s remarks clearly affected him personally and the fact that he draws so much attention to it could be sign that Bush’s priority wasn’t always in focus.
Kanye responded to Bush‘s statement by calling into 97.9 The Box in Houston to chat with Devi Dev about the incident. He assesses the situation as a lack of compassion on both parties, both President Bush and Kanye himself had a lapse of judgement and have been insulted.
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