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Kanye West regrets George W. Bush regretting Kanye West's remarks

By Melissa Bell
Kanye West
Kanye West (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

When portions of George W. Bush's new memoir, "Decision Points," were leaked Tuesday, a range of revelations lit up the national conversation.

Bush had considered dropping Dick Cheney from the reelection ticket. He defended his decision to go into Iraq. He approved the use of water-boarding.

But the revelation that has caught everyone's eye: his pain over Kanye West's 2005 remark that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

In an interview to air Monday night with Matt Lauer, the 43rd president confirms it as the "lowest moment of his presidency."

Bush tells Lauer: "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."

Well, West feels Bush's pain. After the fallout around his interruption of starlet Taylor Swift, West knows what it's like to be accused of being a racist.

"With both situations," West said to KBXX radio in Houston, "it was basically a lack of compassion that America saw in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion with him not rushing, you know, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. With me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment."

West goes on to say that "we're all quick to pull a race card in America."

I'm not sure if interrupting an award's speech is on par with a slow federal response to a devastating hurricane, but it's nice to know that West and Bush can start a friendship together. I'd love to see a duet.

By Melissa Bell  | November 4, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
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I never saw that before.
Don't need to see it again.

Posted by: Tobor58 | November 4, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"Disgusting moments?" It is unconscionable that the former president wants to go back there.

Posted by: socrates2010 | November 4, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A couple of has-been entertainers. File this one under 'who care?'.

Posted by: upland_bill | November 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen Detroit? It is worse than New Orleans, and no hurricane hit there.

Posted by: Delongl | November 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't care to hear anything about Kanye West - not now , not in the past , not ever. He is a HAS BEEN RACIST PIG ! By PIGGY!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Regret does not equal anger or pain. Proper title of this post should be "Kanye West regrets that his comments caused George W. Bush pain."

Posted by: dclifer97 | November 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To be fair about Katrine and Bush, to points:

1) It took not days, not weeks, not months but many years for Bush's government (which he liked to trash) to react to the devastation of an American city.

2) Racism was involved but only GW's mother Barbara had the honesty to put in words. She said something like "that downtown area (district 9? whatever, all poor blacks) will come out ahead from all this...better to rebuild it all from scratch..." something like that. Corporate and Bush government racism was involved in slowing the rebuilding process into many years.

I don't like West and I don't like to hear or use the word 'racism' in a political context, but Republican policies and code-words are worse than racist. They are mean and evil.

Posted by: walden1 | November 4, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For me, the most disgusting moment of Bush's presidency was when he made that comedy video in which he pretended to look under his desk for Iraq's nonexistent WMDs. Several thousand American soldiers and 100,000-plus Iraqis died because of his lies, and he made a joke about it.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 4, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Kanye West can only stay in the headlines by doing something more stupid than the last thing. What a way to maintain a career.
Dear pjkiger1, I guess you would like to have Saddam Hussein restored to power in Iraq? Sorry he was executed for murdering Iraqi civilians. The Iraqis sure are glad he is no longer there to oppress and murder anymore. Sorry you don't agree.

Posted by: bobbo2 | November 4, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Kanye who? Honestly, who cares?

Posted by: luca_20009 | November 4, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

walden1: First off, you need to work on your writing skills.

Before you make a judgment, you need to first look at the scope of devastation. This was the worst natural disaster that the United States has ever seen. Ultimately, being the President, he will get the blame, but look at the state and local governments. They had no idea what they were doing, Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco didn't even evacuate the city.

Posted by: Jsuf | November 4, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Beer summit!

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | November 4, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Kanye's statement was a bogus comment then, and it's a bogus comment now.

Kanye West showed a serious lack of understanding of both government and George Bush, and a lack of respect for the president.

You can say a lot of things about Bush, but if you say he didn't care, you're out of your depth.

Posted by: postfan1 | November 4, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It is incongruous to the extreme to include GW with this POS.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | November 4, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

How can this garbage eater all of a sudden become a number?

What disgrace to cockroaches.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | November 4, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

west is 10 lbs of dog pile in a 5 lb bag.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 4, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

west is 10 lbs of dog pile in a 5 lb bag.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 4, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

As bush might have said,

Those guys are two worthless bums if there ever was one."

Posted by: rcubedkc | November 4, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know too much about Kanye West but what I do know is all negative. What is he, another Hilton? carlbatey got it right, twice.

Posted by: mortified469 | November 4, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Bush was a lousy prezident, but probably wood bee a good buddy to bee drinking and drugging with. Bush was like gold for getting good nashional jokes out of for those like Jay Leno. Kanye South is just another no talent rapper who gets on stage and hacks and spits and calls it an art form.

Posted by: pt1836metz | November 4, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

So... no regret about the over a MILLION INNOCENT Muslims he killed, or the thousands of INNOCENT Muslims he sexually tortured.

Posted by: jewishmother | November 4, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Actions always speak louder than words,
Lack of Action says it all.
Heck-of-a-job, Bushie!

Posted by: spinebob1 | November 4, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Bush is not a racist. Those of us closest to him know that. We all remember the video clip of him in the airplane looking down upon the Katrina victims as they gathered in the Astro Dome. Now what we don't know is what the cameras did not show...a Parachute. Bush's Parachute, because just feet away was the Parachute that Bush had so dearly wanted to put on. Bush had made an attempt to Parachute down into the Katrina victims to save them but the secret service DID NOT want him to risk it. Bush was quite upset about it but his advisors completely forbid him to put on his chute. Bush only wanted to jump into the Katrina catastrophy sacrifice his own safety and save his American people anyway possible. So Bush IS NOT a RACIST. No racist would attempt such a feat.

Posted by: pt1836metz | November 4, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Lemme axe you sumpin'. Who be gibbin' a diddley damn 'bout wha' d'ell dat Kayne mutha be sayin'?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | November 4, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I'd never actually seen it before. Didn't realize it was so clumsy and ham-handed.

Posted by: treetopflyer | November 4, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Who's Kanye West?

Posted by: willtill | November 4, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The Presidency was pathetic. It was inhabited by cocky, headstrong, ideologues who operated outside of the law. By that I mean outside of the Constitution. He didn't give a damn about flaunting power in the face of adhering to the Constitution and his oath of office. He manipulated religion to integrate it within our secular society, manipulated facts to suit purposes of actual war. He let nothing and I mean nothing stand in the way of what he wanted to do to execute policy. He ruled rather than governed.

Men around his father spoke vocally about their objection to war. These men would never speak in opposition to his dad's beliefs. They are too closely held a group.

Our nation was left a polarized mess from the inside out and from the outside in. And this is not accusation and this is no unfair remark.

Perhaps his Cheney comment is a way of saying I was misled.
Perhaps he is very little by little coming around to understand the lasting damage of his Presidency. I would like to believe this but I doubt this is the case.

Giving credit where it is due, Mr. Bush did initiate a policy in Africa that diminished AID. This is an accomplishment.

I personally believe he thought that being President was a job that could be done by delegating authority.

I believe he thought that decisions could be made 123, real easily and without independent knowledge; thus reliance upon the counsel of those familiar and hence trusted.

And this was wrong for the nation.

I do not for one minute believe George W. Bush is a racist. I do not for one moment believe he judges people by the color of their skin. However, I do believe the job was much larger than his skill and knowledge set. He was adept at wielding punitive and intimidating authority...ruling rather than governing...and that's all.

Posted by: jato11 | November 4, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Do we not remember Hurricane Andrew in 1992? What was it, like 5 days after it hit and it took the woman Dade County official who had not slept or showered for days and asked where is the Federal Government and does anybody care? WE NEED HELP NOW! I was there and I remember. When that hit the National media everything came. Remember now? Media drives everything now. Kanye,Bush,Clinton reacted, not proacted. Remember that the Mayor Ray Nagle never gave the early evacuate order the city needed in time, nobody reacts until the media portrays them badly. Look at the elections this week, nobody cares until they portryed wrongly in the media.

Posted by: gemsheba | November 4, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone in the peanut gallery can explain this... what was so wrong with Bush flying over New Orleans in a helicopter?

Bush really f***ed up by responding so slowly to the Katrina damage. When you live in Texas, you get used to hearing apocalyptic predictions before a hurricane and seeing very little damage afterward. Even afterward, the press overstates the overall impact of the storm (remember the TV reporter who was sitting in a canoe to make it look like a deep flood and then a guy walks by... showing that the water was only three inches deep).

Sometimes you have to get past the TV journalists to see reality. So what was wrong with doing so by getting up in a helicopter?

Posted by: reston75 | November 4, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

To jato11:

You write:

"The Presidency was pathetic. It was inhabited by cocky, headstrong, ideologues who operated outside of the law. By that I mean outside of the Constitution. He didn't give a damn about flaunting power in the face of adhering to the Constitution and his oath of office. He manipulated religion to integrate it within our secular society, manipulated facts to suit purposes of actual war. He let nothing and I mean nothing stand in the way of what he wanted to do to execute policy. He ruled rather than governed."

Are you projecting what historians will say about Obama? Cause it sure as heck sounds like him. W had his foibles, but when it comes to f***ing things up, he's a piker compared to Obama.

Posted by: bitterlyclinging | November 4, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

While not a fan of Kanye, he's obviously showing a lot of maturity. That we should respect. While Kanye's actions are certainly not on par with a slow federal response to a disaster, that wasn't Kanye's point. His point was that he could now identify with the President's regret because of a similar experience in his life. That experience being that he was accused of something he inherently is not.

This calls for a Kanye/Bush beer summit!

Posted by: conservativemaverick | November 4, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Since their crushing defeat a couple of days ago, Democrats (and their press) resort to the only thing they have left--Bush, Cheney and any conservative woman.
They are predictable and pathetic.
And thoroughly-beaten losers.
Good riddance.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 4, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Kanye is such an egotistical moron.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | November 4, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Got no use for Kanye West, but I am simply *amazed* that Bush thinks being called a racist is the low point of his presidency! As usual, he sees it as just about him. Never mind the thousands of deaths, the lost retirements and pensions, the environmental degradation, the worldwide bitterness towards America -- turns out the worst thing about Bush's presidency is when the poor little fella got his feelings hurt.

Posted by: tomguy1 | November 4, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell listens to what Kenya West has to say??? He is a total nut case, I don't even think he should be allowed at any Awards Show, he is a complete jack ass and a big racist.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | November 4, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

In response to "bitterlyclinging"...President Obama does not disobey the law in exercise of his constitutionally derived executive power.
In fact, I consider his governance weak, very weak...though legal.

George Bush exercised his power as if he was an elephant stepping on a raw egg. In addition, Mr. Bush lied to Congress...many a bold faced lie that contrived us into a war, didn't give a darn about separation of church and state, violated treaties signed and ratified by the Senate. And I could go on.

What specific laws were broken by President Obama?

Like I said, Mr. Obama needs a crash course in wielding a big stick over Congress, using the veto, using executive orders, practicing punitive measures toward those who of his party who do not fall into line (Republicans are expert at this) and so on and so on.

I surmise that you know your rhetoric is full of crap regarding the President and you're laughing your head off knowing how much power, inherent and enumerated, a President has to affect policy and that President Obama isn't using 1 % of his. I also suspect you are grateful for that.

Mister, you might talk big but you're sitting pretty. If or When President Obama wises up and begins to use the authority and power that is within his grasp without giving a rat's behind about this consensus garbage...then and only then will you have something to complain about.

And I also suspect the American people will respect the President a lot more if he gets it going and beats up on
the lies and beats up on the opposition within his party
and beats up on Republicans.

Then you'll have something to be annoyed about and frightened of. Until then you, sir, are sitting with a big smile on your face.

I can only hope Mr. Obama begins to wield that executive power that's his. Perhaps he should call George W. Bush up for some lessons.

And, Sir, you are darn fortunate that Mrs. Clinton isn't President because you also know that she's be cracking egg shells all day and night.

So far you've gotten a free ride. And I for one hope it ends soon.

Posted by: jato11 | November 4, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bush is no racist. I read the book "Oops people of color live there" and Mr. Bush was invited to a Black guys home to help the guy sell the home. The Black guy was having trouble selling his home to Whites and Mr. Bush was going to help him out. It happened somewhere in Fairfax VA.

Posted by: Moley2 | November 4, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I really don’t have a handle on who Kanye West is (how is his first name pronounced?), so I don’t know why so many people have called him a racist. Has he call for society to be organized to disparage the humanity of another race? Has he called for another race to be disenfranchised or relegated to squalid segregation? Has he called for history to be systematically rewritten to downplay real injuries suffered by the oppressed or suborned such efforts? If he hasn’t done something along those lines, I can hardly see how he can be called a racist.

I do not believe that President Bush is a bigot or that he wished harm for Black people. But his first Attorney General dismissed the role of slavery in the cause of the Confederacy and Bush said nothing, which may have been subornation. He nominated an Alabama judge who had a history of indefensibly racist remarks. He embraced Lee Atwater, who ran unapologetic, racist campaigns (before cancer changed his outlook). So I can see how some might have reason to call Bush a racist.

Posted by: SCKershaw | November 5, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Wtf? Mad disrespect for Kanye in here.. Hes been putting out a song every friday for free and they're all amazing he doesn't have to do stupid things for attention he gets plenty from the huge number of people that listen to his music. and Taylor swift sucks

Posted by: kuba17 | November 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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