We already know that former President Bush has no problem speaking his mind, so I’m somewhat surprised that it took this long to get a response. Anyways, with that said…spotted on Entertainment Weekly:
President George W. Bush says that when he heard Kanye West say, â€œGeorge Bush doesnâ€™t care about black people,â€ â€œit was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.â€
Bush has taped an interview with Matt Lauer that will air on a special prime time Matt Lauer Reports on NBC Nov. 8. Itâ€™s to promote his forthcoming book, Decision Points. The subjects of the interview are wide-ranging, but the former President is very passionate on the subject of Westâ€™s criticism of the way Bush handled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. NBC has released some quotations from the interview.
Read more after the jump.
â€œHe called me a racist,â€ Bush tells Lauer. â€œAnd I didnâ€™t appreciate it then. I donâ€™t appreciate it now. Itâ€™s one thing to say, â€˜I donâ€™t appreciate the way heâ€™s handled his business.â€™ Itâ€™s another thing to say, â€˜This manâ€™s a racist.â€™ I resent it, itâ€™s not true.â€
Lauer quotes from Bushâ€™s new book: â€œFive years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.â€ Lauer adds, â€œYou go on: â€˜I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didnâ€™t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraqâ€™s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.â€™
President Bush responds: â€œYeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt â€˜em when I heard â€˜em, felt â€˜em when I wrote â€˜em and I felt â€˜em when Iâ€™m listening to â€˜em.
Lauer: â€œYou say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?â€
Bush: â€œYes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.â€
Lauer: â€œI wonder if some people are going to read that, now that youâ€™ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this â€” â€œ
Bush [interrupting]: â€œDonâ€™t care.â€
Lauer: â€œWell, hereâ€™s the reason. Youâ€™re not saying that the worst moment in youâ€™re Presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. Youâ€™re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.â€
Bush: â€œNo, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. Thereâ€™s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.â€
The full interview will air on the Matt Lauer Reports special on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., the day before the former Presidentâ€™s book is published.