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article imageOp-Ed: Bush's most disgusting moment? When Kanye called him ‘racist’

By Lynn Herrmann     Nov 4, 2010 in Politics
A new book by former president George W. Bush, soon to be released, reveals his most disgusting moment as president was when he was called a"racist," clearly revealing he was indeed absent from the president’s office for almost eight years.
Bush’s new memoir, Decision Points, is set to be released next week. Busy promoting his literary masterpiece, the former president spoke with NBC’s Matt Lauer, the first interview Bush has given since leaving the White House.
Clearly, the man needs to polish some rust.
Answering Lauer’s question regarding the purpose of the book, Bush said: “The main purpose of the book is to have a starting point, or, not a starting point, just a, a data point for future historians. Bu, uh, you, I, I, uh, this may seem strange, I really don’t care about perceptions at this point in time. Uh, uh, I served, I gave it my all, and, uh, I’m a content man.
He added: “The book has been a, uh, part of the transition process to private life and it’s a way for me to put the reader, uh, in the environment of which I had to make decisions.”
Excerpts released by the network include Bush describing his most disgusting moment as president. “He called me a racist.” The reference was to Kanye West who said said the former president did not care about black people, pointing to the government’s efforts, or lack of, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
West, a hip-hop artist commented about Bush during a live telethon shortly after Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, stating: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
“And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now,” Bush told Lauer. “It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘this man’s a racist.’ I resent it. It’s not true. And it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
Lauer brought up an excerpt from the book, quoting the former Supreme Court-appointed world leader: “I believe it will be impossible to reach definitive conclusions about my presidency or any recent presidency for that matter for several decades.”
Long live definitive conclusions. Like, uh, uh, ah, Guantanamo, record gasoline prices, record property taxes, Enron. You bet.
Reading from Bush’s new tour de force, Decision Points, Lauer quoted: “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.”
Lauer adds his interview with the former president will cover such topics as the occupation of Iraq, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, enhanced interrogation techniques and a financial crisis that still has the world reeling.
The interview is set to air next Monday, during prime time, on NBC.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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