Former President George W. Bush admits the lowest point of his presidency was when Kanye West publicly criticized his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
In his first interview since leaving the White House, Bush talks to ‘Today‘ show anchor Matt Lauer in a new prime-time special airing Monday.
The 33-year-old rapper famously slammed the former president during a live televised benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The insult heard round the world–“George Bush doesn’t care about black people”–still upsets Bush, who says the remark “was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
“He called me a racist,” Bush says to Lauer during the one-in-one, which took place in Midland, Texas.
“And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now,” Bush continues. “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.”
Bush is promoting his new memoir, Decision Points, due out on Nov. 9.
The prime-time special, ‘Matt Lauer Reports,’ airs Monday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m./EST, on NBC. Bush will also appear on ‘The Today Show’ Tuesday morning.