West. Where’s Sister Souljah when we need her…?
By Perez Mills
Wow, here’s a story that’s been shooting around the
internet, although you’d be forgiven if you had been so focused on that
contract that the Republicans have taken out on Americans that you missed it.
(Thanks to Pitchfork for the heads up.)
According to a feature at the Entertainment Weekly website, an upcoming edition of NBC’s Matt Lauer Reports, slated to air Nov.
8, has the TV pundit interviewing former president George W. Bush about his new
memoir, Decision Points. Apparently
during the interview Lauer brings up Kanye West’s famous post-Katrina quote
about Bush: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” and Bush responds
that “it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
(We could nominate a few other “moments”, but hey…)
Apparently W. was chapped at West’s implication that he was
a racist, something that he writes about in the book: “Five years later I can
barely write those words without feeling disgust. 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.”
Bush and Lauer have the following exchange:
President Bush:”Yeah. I still feel that way… 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.”
Thanks for clearing that up, W. Read the whole EW.com story here, and tune
in to the TV special on Nov. 8 at 8pm EST. And Kanye, if you’re out there
reading this, and get the urge to review the Bush book for BLURT, please get in