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Kanye West Retracts Race Card Attack on Bush… Sort of

In an interview plugging his new memoir, Decision Points, with NBC’s Today anchor Matt Lauer this week, former President George W. Bush admitted that one of the lowest points of his eight-year tenure in office was when Kanye West went off prompter and announced, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people!” and that U.S. military troops were “given permission” to open fire on American citizens.

Though Bush says he wasn’t tuned in for the on-air rant broadcast via a live 2005 telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Bush recalled the incident — and how it made him feel:

MATT LAUER: You remember what he said?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

LAUER: Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

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.

Further, in Decision Points, Bush writes about West’s accusation. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust,” he says. “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.”

Now, West is apologizing for his remarks about the former president… or at least that‘s how I’m interpreting it.  Speaking to Houston radio station 97.9, Kanye responded to Bush’s remarks:

I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, you know, I got accused of being a racist. For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America saw in that situation.

“That situation” was when West rudely upstaged country singer Taylor Swift during her 2009 Video Music Award acceptance speech.  Yes, the similarities are striking, Kanye…

With [Bush], it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through]-and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level because that next morning, the next morning when he felt that, I felt that same thing, too.

“Poetic justice” indeed.  There‘s no word yet on whether President Bush will accept West’s “poetic” olive branch.

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