Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bush & Kanye Revisited

Details of former President George W. Bush's memoir have been leaked.

The leak getting the most attention is that revelation that Bush felt the low point of his Presidency was getting dissed by Kanye West when the hip hop superstar claimed that Bush "doesn't care about black people" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

For his part, West regrets the incident stating "we’re all quick to pull a race card in America." Well, I don't know about all of us. But at least West went on to say he could connect with the 43rd President "on a humanitarian level."

Predictably, the mainstream media are reacting to Bush's revelation with their typical smugness. Ujala Seghal of Business Insider writes, "The "all-time low" of George W. Bush's presidency was not the Iraq War, 9/11, or the economic meltdown of 2008....Actually, it was being called a "racist" by Kanye West. Seriously."

Except that isn't what Bush said. Bush told Matt Lauer on Today "it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency."

I would have to agree with Bush. When Kanye said Bush didn't care about black people I think it was pretty clear he was insinuating that Bush harbored racist sentiments. Outside of being accused of murder or rape, accusing someone of racism is about the worst thing you can say about a person.

With that in mind, here's what I wrote about the whole Bush-Kanye row in September 2005.

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