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George W. Bush Calls Kanye West Remark “Disgusting”

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By Daniel Gates

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George W. Bush calls Kanye West‘s infamous comment about him after Hurricane Katrina one of the “most disgusting” moments in his presidency.

In 2005, West told a hurricane relief telethon audience, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Bush writes about the incident in his new memoir, and discusses it with Matt Lauer as part of an interview set to air next Monday.

Here’s a partial transcript:

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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.

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For those who don’t remember West’s comments, here they are:

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