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."
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.
“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.