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George Bush Doesn’t Care About [Kanye West]

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Can you imagine being such a solider of pop culture thatyour activism would warrant you making the pages of a book written by a President?

Wouldn't such an inclusion make your family proud? Wouldn'tit be a bragging right to share with your grandchildren? Shouldn't it get youan automatic NAACP Image Award?

Maybe the above would be the case if the President actuallyhad something good to say about you.

But when President George W. Bush mentions Kanye West in hisforthcoming book, "Decision Points," he's not singing the praises of the Chicago rapper whoslammed him on a telethon for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, a week after numerousgulf coast cities were destroyed by the devastating storm and its aftermath.


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Bush expressed his frustration with the "Runaway" singer inan interview with the "Today Show"'s Matt Lauer to air Monday on NBC's "MattLauer Reports."

When Lauer asked Bush if he remembered the comments Kanyemade about him, President Obama's predecessor offered a matter-of-factresponse.

"Yes, I do. He called me a racist," Bush told Lauer.

Lauer clarified that Kanye did not literally call Bush aracist but instead said, "George Bush doesn't care about Black people." ButBush maintained his stance.

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"That's - 'he's a racist,'" Bush said. "And I didn'tappreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now. It's one thing to say, 'I don'tappreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'Thisman's a racist.' I resent it, it's not true, and it was one of the mostdisgusting moments in my Presidency."

Lauer quoted an excerpt from the book on the matter:

"I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn't likehearing people claim that I lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destructionor cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist becauseof the response to Katrina represented an all time low."

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Bush said he still feels the same way and added thatKanye's comments upset him because it was not reflective of his work.

"My record was strong I felt when it came to race relationsand giving people a chance. And--it was a disgusting moment," Bush said.

Lauer asked Bush if he was concerned that some might beupset that he has placed so much emphasis on being angry about someonecriticizing his responsiveness to the hurricane victims as opposed to beingsaddened by the impact of "watching the misery in Louisiana."

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Bush said no. "I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected medeeply as well," he said. "There's a lot of tough moments in the book. And itwas a disgusting moment, pure and simple."

If the saying is true that no publicity is bad publicity,getting this shout out from President Bush can only help the record sales ofKanye's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album out in a few weeks.


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