Matt Lauer spoke with former U.S. President George W. Bush in an interview that will air Monday (November 8) on ‘Matt Lauer Reports’ in advance of Bush’s book ‘Decision Points’. Bush said comments by Kanye West in wake of the Hurricane Katrina response was a low point in his presidency. The transcript of their discussion reads:
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?
LAUER: 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.