Bush: Being Called Racist Was the Pits to Presidency

Excerpts from Matt Lauer’s interview with former president George W. Bush Jr. were released Tuesday night…yea it’s Friday but couldn’t resist ranting about what Bush considered the “worst moment” in his presidency.

Nope, it wasn’t that he lied to the American public about WMD’s being in Iraq, ran our economy into the ground, gave overly gratuitous tax cuts to the rich, managed an EPIC FAIL response to Katrina, bedded down with and lined Haliburton’s coffers, preemptively waged war with two countries and proceeded to do so unilaterally, failed to capture Osama Bin Laden, violated the Geneva conventions by fostering an environment common place to torture –Abu Ghraib, and disregarded habeus corpus–Guantanomo Bay…na, it was Kanye West calling him a racist. WTF???

I mean Bush, I would have even given you credit for whining about Michael Moore’s last three documentary’s (the one’s that made it to the big screen), which were collectively a lot more exposing than those nationally televised 3 seconds that made Mike Myers squirm.

But yea, that Kanye has a way of getting underneath people’s skin.

Ripped from HuffPo:

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?


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

The interview will air Monday, November 8, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET on “Matt Lauer Reports.”

Say what you want about Kanye’s arrogance and his abrasive impulsiveness it IS ENTERTAINING and loving how even his apologies for said controversial outbursts seem to haunt him for all eternity! Controversial sure, but weren’t we all thinking the same thing? Taylor Swift, SNL, and now Bush keep beating the Kanyeezy horse–it only makes him more relevant, not less.

In a seemingly reflective verse in the Deuces remix Kanye spits about learning to keep his mouth closed:
Jay finally got it through my head not to run my mouth/so when you talk bout “you know who” I don’t know who you talkin’ bout an unnamed ex-girlfriend and unnamed rapper who is rumored to date her

I can just hear the*cough* Amber Rose *cough* Drake in between bars.

Seriously I hope this is one lesson that he never learns.


Naima "Nai" Ramos-Chapman is the Associate Editor at Campus Progress, a dancer with Taurus Broadhurst Dance in D.C., and an aspiring visual artist (she doodles). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Naimaramchap.
  • Val

    If Bush answered the question mentioning any of the things you mention, WMD’s, the economy, etc, then he would have had to explain his actions and possibly admit that he was wrong. But by making Kanye’s statement the worst incident he can play the victim.

  • He may not have been very diplomatic about it, but I still think Kanye was right when he said that.

    And Mr. Bush, rather than take it as an opportunity to step back and re-examine the reasons behind his action/inaction (or at least as an opportunity to pretend to step back … ), uses this as an “Oh pity me” moment.

    Next thing you know, George W. Bush will be demanding an apology from Mr. West.

    That doesn’t float though — as a member of a privileged class, I don’t think Mr. Bush should have the right to complain when a member of a structurally and historically aggrieved class points out the truth of the situation. No.

    Either say you’re sorry and correct your error or silently stay your course. You are in no position to complain.

    It’s obvious that George W. Bush has no sense of noblesse oblige, the duty incumbent on the privileged to help those who lack such privilege. It didn’t come across during his presidency, and it continues not to manifest in stories like this.

    Maybe George W. isn’t a racist, and maybe Kanye was somewhat off the mark — it might have been more accurate for him to say “George Bush doesn’t care about poor people.” That would make Bush not necessarily a racist, but a classist.

  • If that was the lowest point in his presidency, he must have selective memory. What happened to New Orleans?

  • brandi

    Right on, Rick.