“It was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency. 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.”
-Former president George W. Bush, describing to “Today” host Matt Lauer how he felt (and still feels) after Kanye West’s comment during a telethon in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bush declared the moment “a low point” in his presidency, clearly forgetting an awful lot of his eight years in office. He resented the fact that West attacked him on the grounds of race. “My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race relations and giving people a chance,” he told Lauer. “I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
I’m not even mad at George W. He wasn’t solely to blame. In fact he was just a tool. It was the people around him with the real agenda. Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.