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In 2005, Kanye West accused President George W. Bush of not caring "about black people" after Hurricane Katrina ripped through and destroyed a huge part of New Orleans. Five years later, Bush sat down with Matt Lauer and revealed that hearing West's remarks was "one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency."
"That (means), 'He's a racist,'" Bush said of West's comment. "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."
Now, West is reflecting back on his stinging words.
"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, where I got accused of being a racist," West said Wednesday in an interview with a Houston radio station -- referring to his now-infamous hijacking of Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech in 2009.
"For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America felt in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a 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 (through) -- and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level."
West seems to have grown up a lot since that night at the VMAs. After losing his mother, the rapper said he went into a very dark place and his actions were a result of not dealing with his grief. After a lot of soul searching West has since made amends with Swift and has vowed to be the person his mother always pushed him to be.
"I need to recapture the hearts of the world just to show people how great my mother was, to show people that Donda raised a good guy," West told Vanity Fair last month. "My responsibility is to make music that’s progressive, that makes me happy, that makes everyone happy. My job in society isn’t to be mad. My job is to present good music."
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