Clearly former President George W. Bush knows nothing about Kanye West. First rule in this world Bush, never stroke an ego-maniac’s ego. Bush tells “Today” anchor Matt Lauer that the “all-time low” of his presidency was when Kanye blasted him with “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” on live TV. But some are thinking that, perhaps, Hurricane Katrina and its lasting effects on the city of New Orleans should be Bush’s low point.

Check out the script below:

MATT LAUER:
About a week after the storm hit NBC aired a telethon asking for help for the victims of Katrina. We had celebrities coming in to ask for money. And I remember it vividly because I hosted it. And at one part of the evening I introduced Kanye West. Were you watching?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Nope.

MATT LAUER:
You remember what he said?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:

Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

MATT LAUER:
Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
That’s – “he’s 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, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.

MATT LAUER:
This from the book. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” You go on. “I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’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.”

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.

MATT LAUER:
You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And– it was a disgusting moment.

MATT LAUER:
I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this–

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Don’t care.

MATT LAUER:
Well, here’s the reason. 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.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
No – that– 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.

What do you think about Bush’s “low point?”  Sound off!

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  • LadyT

    He’s an adult male with a child’s rationale. Disgusting? He doesn’t even know the half.
    What really is disgusting is how so many have seemed to forgotten how much damage BUSH has done to the WORLD and are blaming Obama for at least trying to pick up the pieces in only 2 years. Now that’s DISGUSTING, PURE AND SIMPLE.

  • I agree with you 100% that Dumbya is not a “racist.” Inept, ineffectual and ignorant? There are way too many issues that could be documented from his 8 years in office to back all three so, yes, but “racist?” This is neither here nor there but Bush has 1/2 Mexican and 1/2 Anglo nieces and nephews and unless and until proof of his racism is provided, I say he is not. What the former POTUS said was that he resented and did not appreciate being called a “racist”; it is not unusual for someone to resent being called something they’re not but he also stated the accusation was untrue and “disgusting.” Lauer is the one to initially bring up the Kanye/Katrina incident anyway but, in his book, the former POTUS listed several things he/his administration were criticized for and he was basically saying this criticism was one of the lowest!

    Fair game to dislike X, Y or Z’s politics or disagree with their approach to solving A, B or C but the r-word has been misapplied and erroneously thrown around and overused to the point it has lost true meaning/impact and fewer people give a blip about the accusation every day.

    And what is the ‘correct’, self-serving and made up definition for “racist” today? An individual that feels their race superior to others? A person that joins one of those New Black Panter Party, KKK or Aryan Nation type clown groups and stomps around shouting offensive slogans and spewing hate for other races? Somebody that appoints two African American to high-profile and high-ranking positions in their administration? Is someone a “racist” simply because they’re wealthy and/or may not have grown up around a lot of AAs?

  • Nene

    Akai, just because Bush has some 1/2 Mexican family members doesn’t mean that he is not racist. Besides, Kanye didn’t call him racist. That is what Bush internalized. I believe he appointed two Black people to high positions because it was politically expedient.

    • sloane

      @nene- THANK YOU!

    • sloane

      since when does having poc family members mean you’re not a racist? hello! we have a history in this country of white people enslaving their biracial children. and since when does hiring black people mean you’re not a racist? ever heard of tokenism? hiring a poc to make yourself look good isn’t the same as not having racial bias against poc. and sorry being called a racist NEVER loses it’s impact which is why white people get extremely riled up at being called one but often never do anything to actively fight it, like be involved in the anti-racism movement, like george bush. an artcle about dick cheney supporting apartheid and calling mandela a terrorist. bush never denounced these actions: http://atheism.about.com/b/2004/10/17/republicans-racism-and-apartheid.htm, and and articles discussing how he publically denounced islamophobia but his policies helped support it: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/08/09/gop_islamophobia_bush,
      http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/08/16/bush_too_much_credit

      AND kanye didn’t call him a racist, he said he didn’t care about black people. and he was right, considering bush’s reaction, the people stranded in n.o. were expendable, because they were poor and black.

      an article about george bush’s politics that negatively affected poc: http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/is-kanye-west-right-about-racist/

    • bosslady

      @Nene
      Agree 110%!!!

    • Nene wrote: “…just because Bush has some 1/2 Mexican family members doesn’t mean that he is not racist.”
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      Well who wrote otherwise?

      I’m well aware of what Kanye said and *I* was specifically addressing Bush’s statements to Lauer. I clearly stated that it was “neither here nor there” regarding his family but, unless and until I saw proof that Bush was a racist (which no one has provided), my opinion is he is not. I don’t go around leveling that accusation at individuals without cause and it’d be cool if everyone would be a little more careful before throwing that word around.

      Saying you “believe” he appointed two AAs simply because it was “politically expedient” is just talk and means absolutely nothing if you can’t provide one iota of evidence to back it.

      Rice worked in Bush’s father’s administration in the 90’s and was the one who advised him on matters regarding the former Soviet Union. She is no lightweight and dislike their politics, or political affiliations, all day long — but it would be a shame to insinuate either Rice or Powell were mere tokens or affirmative action ‘hires’. Unless an individual believes AAs are intellectually inept and incapable, I don’t understand why anyone would downplay and disrespect the raw intelligence, experience, expertise, accomplishments and (in the case of Rice) history-making of both these individuals and not give them their props.

  • sloane

    LMAO. NICE TRY but no one said rice and powell weren’t accomplished or didn’t have political acumen or skill, people said they were probably appointed because of political expediency and tokenism. tokenism intimates a hell of a lot more about the person practicing it then the minority/ member of the disadvantaged group that is the “beneficiary” of it. the person doing it is either hiring minorities to appear inclusive or they are doing it because they are minimally trying to comply with legal stipulations for hiring minorities, such as affirmative action. in short, just because a white person hires blacks, doesn’t mean that they aren’t racist and don’t have any bias towards black people. and if the fact that george bush had poc family members had NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING, why bring it up? pathetic, TRANSPARENT, and ridiculous derailing tactic.

    and sorry, just because we haven’t passed a blowhard’s litmus test for racism, doesn’t mean george bush isn’t racist.

    to·ken·ism   /ˈtoʊkəˌnɪzəm/ Show Spelled
    [toh-kuh-niz-uhm] Show IPA

    –noun
    1. the practice or policy of making no more than a token effort or gesture, as in offering opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
    2. any legislation, admissions policy, hiring practice, etc., that demonstrates only minimal compliance with rules, laws, or public pressure: Admitting one woman to the men’s club was merely tokenism.

  • Sigh. I was going to say something, but he’s really not worth it, never has been, never will be.