Former President breaks silence about rapper's Hurricane Katrina criticism
George W Bush has broken his silence about Kanye West‘s 2005 outburst, in which the rapper apparently accused the then-US President of being racist.
West went ‘off script’ during an NBC telethon that was raising money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
During his segment he criticised Bush for his handling of the disaster, which affected many African-American citizens, declaring: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Now Bush has told NBC News that he thought that the outburst marked a “disgusting moment” in his presidency.
“I didn’t appreciate it then,” he said. “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.'”
He added: “I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
Scroll down and click below to see West‘s statement in the 2005 broadcast. The new interview with Bush is set to be broadcast in the US on Monday (November 8).