This week in We Sh*t You Not Corner, former president George W. Bush has stated that Kanye West’s “Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” rant at the Katrina benefit telethon was the “worst moment” he faced in his presidency. Really? Of all the tough moments, THAT’S the one?Ã‚Â Nice try, wars and economic collapse.
The former president taped an interview with Matt Lauer earlier this week to promote his hotly anticipated memoir, Decision Points. The controversial discussion is set to air next week, but EW.com is reportingÃ‚Â that Bush was devastated by Kanye’s comments. “He called me a racist ,” he explained, “And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”
Bush’s memoir apparently labels the incident the worst moment of his presidency. When Lauer asked if he still felt that way, Bush was adamant that the words did still sting. “Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment. 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.”
Do you feel it’s odd that Bush labeled a moment where he was personally insulted as his leadership low point, instead of something that actually affected the country? Well, you’re probably not alone. Lauer warned Bush that he might catch some flack for the comment, to which the statesman characteristically replied, “Don’t care.”
OK, granted, it can’t feel good to get called a racist on national television. Especially if you’re in politics. But being a president has got to be a pretty tough job, with some mindblowingly difficult challenges. If any ex-president EVER says that the worst moment they had to face was some rapper calling him a bad name, then they either had the most boring administration in history, or they’re being a smidge sensitive. And even though whether or not it was his fault is up for debate, I think we can all agree that George W. Bush’s term in office was anything but a snooze.
Jeez, way to go Kanye. You spoiled the guy’s presidency. Things were going great, and you had to go hurricane on his parade. Bummer. We guess this makes the whole Taylor Swift thing seem not as bad, huh? Maybe Bush will write an angry song about Kanye. Or he’ll just have CIA agents put flaming bags of dog crap on his door every day for the rest of his life (they can do that, you know).