Kanye West: 'I Understand' How President George W. Bush Feels
Kanye West says he feels for George W. Bush, who writes in his new memoir that the worst moment of his presidency was when the rapper called him a racist for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
"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," West said Wednesday in an interview with Houston radio station 97.9 (via Gawker), referring to his infamous ambush of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. [pullquote]
"For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America saw in that situation," continued West. "With him, 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," West went on. "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."