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George W. Bush Accepts Kanye West's Apology For 'Racist' Remark

George W. Bush is accepting Kanye West's apology after the singer said he "didn't have the grounds" to call the former President a racist.

"I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist," West explains in an interview. "I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don't always choose the right words."

This after Bush wrote in his book 'Decision Points' that when West declared said at a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," it was one of the lowest points in his presidency.

"I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn't like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low," Bush writes. "I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now. I resent it, it's not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency."

"I'm not a hater," Bush tells the 'Today' show after he was shown a tape of West's remarks.

"I don't hate Kanye West. I was talking about an environment in which people were willing to say things that hurt. Nobody wants to be called a racist if in your heart you believe in equality of races."

Bush also speaks about extending the tax rate cuts passed during his administration, but jokes that "they might have a better chance of being extended if they were called the Lauer tax cuts."

However, he refused to be drawn into a discussion about whether he believed an Islamic center should be built near the site of the World Trade Center.

"I think most Americans welcome freedom of religion and honor religions," he said. "I truly do. The problem with the arena today is a few loud voices can dominate the discussion and I don't intend to be one of the voices in the discussion."

November 10, 2010 |

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