President George W. Bush Blames Kanye West for 'Worst Moment of Presidency'
"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," Bush tells Matt Lauer.
President George W. Bush admits he had a lot of challenging moments as president: false weapons of mass destruction, the war in Iraq, 9/11.
But the one that has stuck with him the most?
When Kanye West called him a racist, saying, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on live TV during a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser. Watch below.
In his new memoir, Decision Points, Bush writes, "Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust. 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."
During an interview that will air on Nov. 8 on a special called Matt Lauer Reports, Bush says, "I still feel that way… I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I'm listening to ‘em…."
Matt Lauer asks Bush if that was the worst moment of his presidency.
"Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And– it was a disgusting moment,” he replies.
Lauer challenges Bush, saying some people may be offended to read that in his book, taking it as the President was not saying the worst moment in his presidency was the misery of Louisiana, but instead when somebody insulted him about it.
"No - that - and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There's a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple," Bush says.
Bush will also sit down with Lauer live on the Today show in his first one-on-one interview since leaving the White House on Nov. 10.