George W. Bush Calls Kanye’s Katrina Remarks ‘Disgusting’
Kanye West infamously fired shots at President George W. Bush during a Red Cross telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims in September 2005. West charged that Bush “doesn’t care about black people” after a slow response from the White House for relief efforts in wake of the devastating hurricane. After years of keeping his silence, the former President has spoken out on the incident, calling it “one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.”
Bush speaks on Kanye’s remarks in an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer to promote his book ‘Decision Points,’ with the special to air on NBC’s prime time ‘Matt Lauer Reports.’ During the talk, he speaks passionately on West’s criticisms, admonishing the claims brought against him.
“He called me a racist,” he says. “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 continued by quoting Bush’s book, where he states that ‘Ye’s comments “represented an all-time low.” “My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment,” he responded.
The full interview is set to air on Nov. 8 at 8PM, the day before ‘Decision Points’ is published.