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Tuesday
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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Thursday
Nov042010

Bush Recalls His Lowest Points in New Memoir

Photo Courtesy - Random House [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- A new memoir from former President George W. Bush reveals some of the most crucial moments in his personal life and eight years in office, particularly his response to Hurricane Katrina.

In Decision Points, slated for release Tuesday, Bush recalls the images of the storm broadcast worldwide and how much the infamous photo of his looking out a window made him appear out of touch.

"The photo of my hovering over the damage suggested I was detached from the suffering on the ground," Bush wrote. "That wasn't how I felt. But once the public impression was formed, I couldn't change it."

He acknowledges the missteps during the 2005 catastrophe.

"I should have recognized the deficiencies sooner and intervened faster...the problem was not that I made the wrong decisions, it was that I took too long to decide."

He also reflected on his compliment -- "You're doing a heck of a job" -- to embattled FEMA Director Michael Brown.

He writes, "I never imagined those words would become an infamous entry in the political lexicon."

The statement would later be ridiculed despite his intention to give Brown a morale boost.

Despite the criticism he received following Hurricane Katrina, Bush writes, a comment from rapper Kanye West during a live Katrina telethon hit him the hardest.

"George Bush doesn't care about black people," West said.

Bush says he was "disgusted" and "deeply insulted."

In an interview on a Houston radio station, West compared Bush's situation to his own, in the wake of his crashing Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech in 2009.

"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...with him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans," West said. 

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