President George Bush on Kanye West racism allegation

The interview was given to Matt Lauer for a primetime special, Matt Lauer Reports, airing on Nov. 8.

In order to make it more clear, here is a part of the interview.

Lauer: “About a week after the storm hit NBC aired a telethon asking for help for the victims of Katrina. We had celebrities coming in to ask for money. And I remember it vividly because I hosted it. And at one part of the evening I introduced Kanye West. Were you watching? ”

Bush: “Nope.”

Lauer: “Do you remember what he said?”

Bush: “Yes, I do. He called me a racist.”

Lauer: “Well, what he said: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Bush: “That’s — ‘he’s 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, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.”

Lauer quotes from Bush’s book: “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: “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words.”