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George W. Bush Says Kanye’s Katrina Comment “One Of The Most Disgusting Moments In My Presidency”

Taking a break from election results, NBC News has released a few excerpts from Matt Lauer‘s wide-ranging interview with former Pres. George W. Bush as he promotes his new book.

He talks about 9/11, about Donald Rumsfeld and a lot more. But he also talks about Kanye West.

Yes, that Kanye West. While he’ll probably love the shout-out, his comments after Hurricane Katrina during a live telethon had a profound negative effect on Pres. Bush. Here’s the exchange:

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

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

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. 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.

Wow. We’ll have more on this as the week goes on. The interview airs Monday at 8pmET on NBC as part of an hour-long special, and Pres. Bush will be live on Today next Wednesday.

The image is from the interview.

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