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Nov092010

Former President George W. Bush Talks to Oprah about Time in Office 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Former President George W. Bush stood firmly behind many controversial decisions made during his presidency in an interview with Oprah Winfrey Tuesday, defending his response to the Sept. 11 attacks and adding that the worst insult he received in his two terms in office came from rapper Kanye West.

Appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote his new memoir Decision Points, Bush said he hopes to stay out of the public eye in the future and discussed everything from his struggles with alcohol to coping with the name-calling and criticism that dominated much of his eight years as president.

"I'm sure it hurt my daughters and wife," Bush said of the various names he was called during his eight years in the White House, including Nazi and Satan. "But it didn't hurt me."

"I knew what I was doing and I felt so strongly about some of the decisions I was making, I felt like history would understand them ultimately," he said. "If I had allowed critics to affect me during the presidency -- the name-calling -- I don't think I would have been doing my job as president."

Bush was widely criticized following Hurricane Katrina for the perception that his administration was slow to respond to the deadly 2005 Gulf Coast disaster because those who were killed and hurt by the storm were mostly minorities.

"It hurt," Bush said. "You can disagree with my politics but don't ever accuse me of being a racist."

West made headlines in the storm's aftermath when he said during a televised fundraiser, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

"To accuse me of being a racist is disgusting. I feel strongly about it today just like I did then. You don't call a man a racist," he said. "I'm confident my heart is right on that issue."

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