Was Kanye West's Comment Really George W. Bush's Lowest Point?

He was President the day the United States suffered its worst terror attack in history. When he learned of the attacks, he was sitting in a Florida classroom, cameras whirring, reading from the children's book, The Pet Goat.

His staffers had been warned in August 2001 of al-Qaeda plans to attack American targets via the air. If he did not know this before September 11, 2001, he was to learn it shortly thereafter. 

He misleadingly brought America into a brutal and costly war in Iraq based upon faulty intelligence. At some point along the way he was told there were, in fact, no weapons of mass destruction. 

In his name, and at his direction, American officials tortured detainees in violation of the rule of law. At some point he was shown the photographs from Abu Ghraib.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 Americans were killed as a result of Hurricane Katrina. At some point, he saw the videos of the carnage and chaos and realized his administration had not done enough.

His economic policies and lack of regulatory oversight led to a painful and ongoing recession. Near the end of his term, he surely realized the house of cards he had nurtured was crumbling.  

And yet the "low point" of George W. Bush's presidency, according to his yet-to-be-published biography, was a post-Katrina accusation by musician Kanye West that the president didn't like black people.

Are you kidding me?

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Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is a legal analyst for 60 Minutes and CBS Radio News, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Commentary Editor at The Marshall Project

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