Bush Says Kanye West's Katrina Comment Was Worst Moment of His Presidency

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Plenty of bad things happened during George W. Bush's presidency: September 11th. The beginning of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But, as he reveals in his upcoming memoir, Decision Points Bush thinks the worst moment in his eight-year administration came when ... rapper Kanye West declared that he "doesn't care about black people" in the wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina:



NBC's Matt Lauer asked Bush to elaborate on this statement in an interview that will air before the memoir comes out next week:

Lauer quotes from Bush's new book: "Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust." Lauer adds, "You go on: '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.'

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Lauer: "I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you've written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this -- "

Bush [interrupting]: "Don't care."

Lauer: "Well, here's the reason. You're not saying that the worst moment in you're Presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You're saying it was when someone insulted you because of that."

Bush: "No, 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."

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