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George W. Bush calls Kanye West racism accusation 'worst moment of my presidency'




Former President George W. Bush is out shilling his new book, Decision Points, so his scheme to get in The Juice* has worked, since he calls Kanye West's comments about him during Hurricane Katrina "one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency." We really must be in the middle of a Republican wave, for people to actually care about what Bush has to say about anything.

"He called me a racist. And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now," Bush tells Matt Lauer in an interview airing Monday on NBC's Matt Lauer Reports, reports Entertainment Weekly.  "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."

Lauer quotes Bush's book by reading the passage in question: "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."

Lauer then goes on to question whether Bush is concerned at all that it reads as if the president was more concerned with being insulted than the suffering in New Orleans, noting that Bush told wife Laura "at the time it was the worst moment of your presidency." Bush interrupts him -- "don't care," he tells Lauer -- and then clarifies, "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."

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