Worst Moment, George Bush Presidency: Kanye West Racist Comments
President George Bush, Worst Moment Of Presidency, Kanye West Accusing Bush Of Racism Over Hurricane Katrina
It is an interesting revelation - George Bush telling NBC's Matt Lauer that the worst moments of his Presidency occurred in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
NBC was hosting a live telethon to help benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and Mike Myers and Kanye West were sharing the stage when Kanye West blurted out "George Bush doesn't care about Black people."
Then President George Bush was not watching the telecast but saw the Kanye West clip later.
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.