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President Bush on Kanye: ‘He Called Me a Racist’

Former President responds to the rapper's 2004 comments, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Kevin O'Donnell // November 3, 2010

When he appeared on a telethon to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2004, Kanye West shocked the world with these seven words: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Six years later, the former President has finally responded to seeing West’s outburst on national television: “It was the most disgusting moment in my Presidency.” Bush made these remarks in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer for a segment set to air on Matt Lauer Reports on November 8, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In the interview, Bush talks openly about West, who claimed the President didn’t do enough to aid victims of the Hurricane in its aftermath. “He called me a racist,” Bush says. “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.”

Lauer goes on to grill Bush by saying Americans may be shocked to read that he was disgusted at Kanye’s insult – and not the plight of the hurricane victims. “I wonder if some people are going to read [your thoughts on West’s outburst], now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this…” Lauer says, before getting interrupted by Bush with a curt, “Don’t care.”

Missed Kanye’s original outburst from 2004? Check it out below.