President Bush has been out promoting his new book Decision Points. In it he responds to Kanye West’s assertion that the president did not like black people. West made these remarks in light of the Hurricane Katrina debacle. Bush says he is not a racist and he objected to West’s depiction of him. Let’s just say we agree that Bush is not a racist, but the truth and perception sometimes do not intersect. I remember watching the people of New Orleans and wondering how could our nation have failed our own people like this. I remember hearing Katie Couric, at the time she was still with the Today Show referring to American citizens as “refugees”, and I too believed that had these people not been poor black people the government’s response might have been a little swifter. West simply said what so many in the community believed in light of what we were seeing. So while we don’t believe Bush is a racist he did have a perception problem, and that was not created by West it was simply articulated by him.
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Preisdent Bush’s new book Decision Points is coming out this week. He chronicles a lot of events that shaped his life but one of them is down right disturbing. President Bush opposed abortion, but in the book he shared that as a teenager his mother suffered a miscarriage and she placed the fetus in a jar to take to the hospital with her, and seeing this fetus helped solidify his opposition to abortion. What???? Please tell me why would a mother show this to one of her children? To me this borders on child abuse. To place that kind of indeligble imprint in the mind of your child is simply cruel. There was nothing edifying about this act.
During a telethon to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina Kanye West said that President Bush did not care about black people. It was an unfair thing to say. It would have been fairer to say that the then president did not have a real sense of urgency but to brand him as uncaring with the inference that he was racist was over the top. President Bush has written a new book Decision Points set to be released November 9th. While “Discussing his memoir with “Today” show’s Matt Lauer, Bush recalls when West delivered his infamous 2005 sound bite, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” “That [means], ‘He’s a racist,’ ” Bush told Lauer, “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.” Bush went on to say it marked an “all time low” in his presidency. I understand the fact that when someone says something that you believe to be untrue about you that it would upset you, but West’ comment was an all time low? What about the tragedy that West was referencing it would seem like that would have been an all time low not the musings of a rapper. Tell me what you think.