Kanye's Katrina Outburst 'Worst Moment' of Bush Presidency?

The former president says the rapper's suggestion that he was racist represented an "all-time low" for his tenure in office. Really? That was the bottom?


By Alexandra Petri

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."
-- Excerpt from George W. Bush's new memoir, Decision Points

Mr. President, I'm happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but I think maybe 9/11 -- or, heck, even the financial meltdown! -- might have been the worst moment of all time in your presidency. Of all time!

The "all-time low" in the George W. Bush presidency was when Kanye West said that "George W. Bush doesn't care about black people"? Really?

Bush defended the statements during an interview with Matt Lauer, quoted by EW, saying, "He called me 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."

The interview went on:

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."

"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: "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 --"