Oh, that George W. Bush–miss him yet? (and given last night's bizarre election results nationwide, it seems like a lot of you do…)
In case you haven't heard, Bush is pimping a book he wrote (or someone wrote for him–we're not sure) where he bawwwwawwwawwws about how misunderstood he was and how everyone else is to blame for the wretched job (by most sane standards) he did while running the country for most of the '00s.
No, like Edith Piaf, he's not sorry about anything. He doesn't regret rien (yeah, that's French–remember when he and his cronies made “French” into an insult? Good times.) God is still on his side.
And Kanye West is responsible for “one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency.”
Here's the saga:
Entertainment Weekly reports (via Rap Radar) that Matt Lauer, in an interview to be televised soon, asked Bush about Kanye's famous statement, on a Hurricane Katrina benefit telethon, that “George Bush doesn't care about black people.” Bush told Lauer, “it was one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency.”
Bush went on, “He called me a racist. And I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now. It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it, it's not true.”
The interview was to promote Bush's new book, Decision Points. Lauer read aloud a piece of the book, in which Bush calls the moment “an all-time low” and pointed out another in which Bush tells his wife that it was the worst moment of his presidency. Bush writes, “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 told Lauer, “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt 'em when I heard 'em, felt 'em when I wrote 'em, and I felt 'em when I'm listening to 'em.”
EW also quotes the following exchange:
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 your 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.”
The interview will air in the prime time special “Matt Lauer Reports” on NBC November 8.