Kanye West Hurt George Bush’s Feelings

The Superficial / November 3, 2010

Sorry for another pseudo-political post, but if it makes you feel any better, you can actually blame this one on a black man.

Apparently Barack Obama and George W. Bush really do have a lot in common: They both hate Kanye West. While Obama think’s he’s a jackass, Bush writes in his just-released memoirs Decision Points, that Kanye’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” was a “disgusting” remark that still deeply affects him. Via Gossip Cop: (I’m actually going to jump this one on account of the long-ass transcript.)

MATT LAUER:
You remember what he said?
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yes, I do. He called me a racist.
MATT LAUER:
Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
That’s—“he’s 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, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.
MATT LAUER:
This from the book. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” You go on. “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.”
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.
MATT LAUER:
You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. 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.

Maybe it’s just the rise of Sarah Palin and Tea Party, or alcohol abuse has permanently confused him with Josh Brolin in W in my mind, but I honestly believe George W. Bush isn’t a racist. Dumb as a pile of rocks, of course, but he seems too affable of a guy to be a bigot. In fact, he actively discouraged hate towards Muslim during his time in office. So say what you will about him being a puppet that sent untold millions to their death so Dick Cheney’s old company could secure a gluttony of no-bid contracts, but don’t call the man a racist lest he cries into the prop cowboy hat an alarming amount of people fell for. There are no winners in that.

EDIT: I don’t know why my mind didn’t immediately go “Wait, shouldn’t 9/11 have been the most disgusting moment of your presidency?” so kudos to everyone for pointing that one out. I was too busy daydreaming about Dubya and me moving staged piles of brush in front of cameras together, not unlike our forefathers worked the land before the queers made cow-pokin’ something else altogether. Curse their hides.

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