Kanye West Named The Worst Thing About George Bush’s Presidency

Becky Bain | November 3, 2010 10:35 am

Kanye West is a hot topic among our nation’s leaders. You may recall President Obama calling the rapper a “jackass” after the Taylor Swift incident at the 2009 VMAs, and now former President Bush is calling West’s comments that he “doesn’t care about black people” during a Katrina telethon in 2005 “one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”

“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Matt Lauer in an upcoming interview that will air November 8 on NBC. “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.”

He goes on (excerpt via EW):

Lauer quotes from Bush’s new book [Decision Points]: “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” Lauer adds, “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 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. Lauer: “You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your presidency?” 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.” Lauer: “I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this — “ Bush [interrupting]: “Don’t care.” Lauer: “Well, here’s the reason. 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.” Bush: “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.”

Hear that, Kanye? Your emotional, off-the-cuff comment about George Bush in the wake of one of the worst disasters in our nation’s history was more damaging to the President than 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and even that entire Michael Moore movie. No one man should have all that power, but apparently, West does.

Can’t wait til he tweets his response.