Did Kanye West Cause The Worst Event In George Bush’s Presidency?
It was the proverbial slap to the face heard ’round the world. Back in 2005, when the Gulf Coast of the United States was in its darkest hour, the voice of the outspoken and flamboyant Kanye West took on the leader of the free world.
President George W. Bush says this moment was the all-time low of his entire presidency. He has a new memoir coming out, entitled Decision Points, in which he talks about what he feels whenever he hears the phrase—disgust. He discusses the memoir and his thoughts on the clip above with Matt Lauer on Matt Lauer Reports, a special which will air Nov. 8 at 8 PM ET on NBC.
“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.”
Say what you want, but we would’ve called this an all-time low.
It just doesn’t seem right that out of all the things that happened during President Bush’s controversial eight-year tenure in the highest office of the land, Kanye West’s tirade was the worst. Worse than Fahrenheit 9/11 or better yet, 9/11 itself? Worse than Colin Powell chucking up the deuces? Really?
“Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.”
Worse than the “heck of a job” declaration that still haunts presidents to this day?
There’s not much to say about what can make one tick. Different things stick in our memories, and Kanye struck the wrong note with our former President. Lauer seems to be taken aback by the whole thing, though, and asks the President if he is saying Kanye’s criticism is worse than the devastation of Hurricane Katrina itself. You’ll have to see his response for yourself when the special airs.
Mr. West was none too apologetic about his comment, at first. Check out this clip from 2007 to see how he really felt.
However, since the Taylor Swift debacle, Kanye says that he can identify more with President Bush.
It’s good he reached such a conclusion. If he hadn’t, he may have had to deal with this.
And that’s a bit too much for any of us to take.