As part of his book tour, George W. Bush recently revealed that being unfairly labeled a racist on NBC by Kanye West during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina benefit concert was the lowest point in his presidency.
In remarks attributed to West, the rapper now claims he sympathizes with the former president because they were both apparently in the same boat.
In a phone conversation with a Houston radio station, West seemed to be alluding to the on-stage antics involving Taylor Swift during the September 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
According to Pitchfork.com, West said the following:
Well I definitely can understand the way he feels–to be accused of being a racist in any way. Because the same thing happened to me, you know, where I got accused of being racist. And with both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America saw in that situation.With him it was a lack of compassion, with him not rushing– you know, him taking the time time to rush down to New Orleans. With me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment.
But nonetheless I think we’re all quick to pull the race card in America. And now, I’m more open. And the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went, and now I really more connect with him on a humanitarian level…
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