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Nov032010

George W. Bush's Worst Moment? Hurricane Kanye

What do former President George W. Bush and country-pop darling Taylor Swift have in common? The worst moments in their lives involved getting word bombed by Kanye West, musical genius and "habitual line stepper."

More after the jump.

While, it's kind of understandable that a 20-something would list Kanye's drunken stage bum rush as a tragedy, with a straight face George W. Bush actually told NBC's Matt Lauer that Kanye's infamous "George Bush doesn't care about black people" was the worst moment of his presidency. Not ignoring that memo about bin Laden being determined to strike the U.S. Not 9-11 itself. Not the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. Not the collapse of the financial sector. Not any messed up moment that was the highly messed up war in Iraq. Not torture. Or Gitmo. Or any of the other horrible things that happened on his watch.

But the time the mean fussy black man said mean fussy things about him on the teevee. Seriously, folks. Y'all have got to stop feeding Kanye's ego.

From Necole Bitchie via Miss Info:

“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “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.” 

To Matt Lauer's credit, he was apparently all kinds of "Wait? What?" about that and asked the former president to clarify:

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 you’re 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.”

Former POTUS, misunderstood dude or war criminal (depending on how you feel about him that day) George W. Bush has a book coming out. It's called Decision Points. Apparently this mess about Kanye being the worst thing ever is in the book. (I would have preferred for it to be called "The Decider" or "The Decisionator," but ... whatever, it's called Decision Points about the points at which he made decisions.) But this is pretty classic as, again, it's all about him. Not the people who actually were physically hurt by the hurricane, war, stock market crash, his horrid decision making, but him.

Gawd. I see why the GOP asked him not to start this book hustle until AFTER the Midterms. His silence was the greatest gift of all.

Also, Kanye appreciates you talking about him. He, too, has stuff for sale.

Lauer's interview with Bush airs next Monday, but you can read more of what Bush said about the worst thing ever here.

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Reader Comments (30)

No one man should have all that power!

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterafrobella

@ afrobella

I see what you did there ...

November 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterDanielle Belton

OMG Afrobella...**In Mo'nique's voice** baaaabbbbeeeee! You summed it up!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

Hahaha even after all these years I still love the Kanye clip. Mike Myers' reaction never gets old.
No publicity is bad publicity and something tells me this will just help people love Kanye again.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnicka J

That admission by George Bush actually validates Kanye's outburst. At the time he was lambasted and potentially blacklisted for his statement and the venue that he chose to express it.

I'm going to have to read his book, the more I look at George Bush in retrospect the more little points I like about him.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermiguel collins

I'm interested in his perspective on all the issues you mentioned above. However, it probably won't change my opinion of his presidency.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharanne

That clip is priceless.

Didn't Katrina happen after 9/11? Just making sure.

GWB is tripping.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternyc/caribbeanragazza

Hit dog will holler

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSerenity

Dubya and Taylor Swift have much in common

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthelady

What a freakin' moron. You're the leader of the free world who wrote a book and the best you can do is say a rapper hurting your feelings was your lowest point of your presidency?! Not 9/11, not Iraq, not the wars, not the screwed up economy and an unemployment rate that our country has ever experienced...but a rapper's opinion of you?! Well he should be damn near suicidal considering what people have said since he left office!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCypher

Up until then his favorite hip hop album was College Dropout. Yeah, he really cared...

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWenzel Dashington

You've got to be kidding me. This is the president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. And he's worried about some rapper he probably never knew about until that moment. I don't know what's worse...when he congratulates himself for "giving people a chance" or when Lauer tries to reason with him by explaining how some people may criticize for giving such an answer and Dubya interrupts him to say "don't care." Really?

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth

You've got to be kidding me, right?

Honestly, this only validates my opinion about Dubya's misplaced...everything. This interview should be added to his many other Bushisms.

Kanye's smellin' himself even more now! Bwahahahahahaha!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterViv

But in a way he (and Republicans) dodged a bullet with these midterm elections, since we all apparently forgot about how clueless Dubya was until now, just after the votes were cast. Impeccable timing.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterViv

I also hate the blacks and could care less who knows it, I mean if you travel the world over the only place black are treated decently is in the US and that's because of the shame of slavery, but after all, black hating blacks gathered up their own and sold them. What I hate most are those who pretend they even care.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarggie

...and the hits just keep on comin' with G-Dub, don't they? You gotta admit this is pretty impressive Snob. Never in a million years did I think he could make his presidential years worse AFTER the fact.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterericka

I now fully understand why his mother (reportedly) can't stand him. He has all the depth of a petri dish, and the self-centered reasoning ability of a toddler.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Despite the Katrina debacle, Kanye's on-air outburst was over-the-top.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Wise

Forgot to mention in above post that I registered as andreal, because Andrea was taken.

Danielle, I think it's time to make EVERYONE register. It's fast, it's easy and it will keep most of the demons at bay.

November 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterAndrea L.

Why is Bush even allowed to speak, much less write a book? :-|

Good luck and Godspeed, America.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

America

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisalisa

Hey Haters. He WAS the President of the United States!

Just what have you done with your life?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwakeup

Not to defend Dubya but what I think he meant was 9-11 was an attack on America and ideals, we wouldn't have had the Iraq war without the support of Congress, even those who claimed they were against it voted for the war, so you could argue that was a group thing but what Kanye said was about him personally not ideals or institutions.
He also had black people in his administration not to mention a black mistress. Condi would slip up and call Bush her husband, so I think there was definitely something going on there.
So he "gave people chances"......hmmmm okay.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOhwell

kanye said he understand bush's standpoint. particularly in light of the criticism he got from taylor swift.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

Thank you so much for writing about this. When I first saw the article about this I actually did a double-take, I was like is Bush serious. The worse moment of your presidency was rapper/singer, Kanye West talking about you. Gimme a break. Thank you once again for highlighting this because I was truly dumbfounded

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertls
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