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Kanye On George Bush: ‘I Definitely Can Understand The Way He Feels’

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Kanye West said he regrets accusing President George Bush ofnot caring about Black people during A Concert For Hurricane Relief telethonfollowing 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Bush discusses his resentment regarding West's comment in aninterview with NBC's Matt Lauer to air Monday. Bush also addresses the issue inhis book, "Decision Points."

"I definitely can understand the way he feels to be accusedof being a racist in a way because the same thing happened to me [when] I gotaccused of being a racist," West said Wednesday during an interview with DeviDev, an on air personality for Houston's97.9 The Box.



West said he endured his own attacks after he interruptedTaylor Swift's Video Music Awards acceptance speech last year.

"In both situations it was basically a lack of compassionthat Americasaw," West said. "With him it was a lack of compassion with him ... not takingthe time to rush down to New Orleans.With me, it was a lack of compassion in cutting someone off in their moment."

West believes Americans are too eager to pull a race card,and the ordeal with Swift has made him more opened minded.

"Now, I really more connect with him on just a morehumanitarian level," he said. West added that he and Bush felt the same griefthe morning after their separate incidents.

West's post-Swift character attacks encouraged him to atone."Yeah I definitely think I changed a lot. I think I'm more compassionate. I'mmore sensitive to people's emotions."

West realized his self-centered attitude was part of theissue. "It's not about just what my opinion is all the time, especially whenit's someone else's show," he said.

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Though he regrets ruining Swift's best female video winacceptance speech, he still feels that Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" video wasbetter than Swift's "You Belong With Me." His issue was the timing and way inwhich he expressed his point of view.

"A lot of times when people become celebrities, the momentyou don't have to do your own dishes any more, you don't have thatresponsibility anymore, a lot of times you lose a level of humanity," he said."It's a growing process. I feel like a brand new artist. I feel like respect issomething hard to earn but easy to lose. And I feel like I'm on that path togetting that back right now."

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