The attacks of 9/11? Hurricane Katrina? Choking on a pretzel? No, the “worst moment of my Presidency” came when Kanye West declared “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during the 2005 Katrina telethon, according to an interview Bush has given to Matt Lauer.
“It was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency,” Bush told Lauer during the taping of the interview, which will air on a primetime Matt Lauer Reports on NBC Nov. 8, according to Entertainment Weekly. The interview was conducted to promote Bush’s book, Decision Points, which comes out Nov. 9.
“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “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.”
Lauer quotes the following passage from Decision Points: “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust….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.”
Bush responds: “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.”
“You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?” Lauer asks.
“Yes,” Bush replies. “My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.”
“I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it,” Lauer continues, “and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this â€” “
“Don’t care,” the ever-caring Bush interjects.
“Well, here’s the reason,” Lauer goes on. “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.”
“No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well,” Bush responds. “There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
Memo to Kanye: Cancel sending a copy of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to Dubya.
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