Kanye West is responding to former President George W. Bush’s revelation that the rapper’s comments during a 2005 Hurricane Katrina telethon were a low point in his presidency. The hip-hop star spoke with Houston’s Hot 97.9 and said his incident with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards has helped him relate to Bush.
He remarks, quote, “With him, it was lack of compassion, not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. With me it was lack of compassion, cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America.” Kanye says it’s “poetic justice” that he’s had to suffer some of the same criticisms as Bush, noting that he really connects with the former president “on a humanitarian level.”
In Bush’s new memoir, “Decision Points,” he reveals that one of the worst moments of his time in office was when West claimed that he didn’t “care about black people.” Bush says the suggestion that he was a racist because of his response to Hurricane Katrina “represented an all-time low.” George Bush’s “Decision Points” is due in stores November 9th.
Kanye West will be releasing his new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” on November 22nd.