To put it mildly, I’m incensd. George W Bush (remember him?) has the nerves of a jackass gone wild. In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC, he says things that prove, in a not so subtle way, that Kanye West was on to something in his famous ‘black people’ rant.
Kanye just had to change the word ‘black’, and used either ‘poor’, ‘Louisiana’, or just said ‘people’. After all, let’s remember Bush had Condoleeza Rice & Colin Powell on his staff, so it wouldn’t be fair to say he cared less of blacks than others.
The EX-President – who so desperately told us about and went after ‘weapons of mass destruction’, and saw to it that his daddy’s arch-enemy was dead while our soldiers fought in a war we shouldn’t have been in, in the first place – says things that could make any true, caring American citizen shiver.
In the interview, Bush acknowledged the infamous picture of him sitting in Air Force One flying over New Orleans after Katrina was a “huge mistake”.
But the most blatant, insulting, insensitive, comment of the whole interview was what he said next: “I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor, walked out & said ‘I hear you, I mean, we, we..know, we understand, and then we’re gonna, you know, we’re gonna help the state, and help the locals..governments with as much resources as needed’, and, uh, and then got back on a flight up to Washington. I did not do that and I paid a price for it”, Bush says in the interview.
Why didn’t he do what any other human being in his position would have done, and what the Red Cross, and thousands of other caring volunteers did – touched down in New Orleans?
Bush goes on to talk about his “heck of a job” comment to then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, and also about what he felt from Kanye West saying he “doesn’t care about black people”, calling Kanye’s comment the “low point” in his entire presidency. Well, we all know one of his low points should have been in just watching the images of destruction & despair and the tears it brought to the eyes of people around the world. Or the war in Iraq.
In all of the ex-president’s persona, and certainly not in his words does he show the emotion of compassion or talk about his feelings for the people on the ground suffering, but how he felt himself, his feelings about himself, and what he should have done for himself.
Like they say, hindsight is 20-20, and woulda, coulda, shoulda, won’t cut it. We know he’s promoting his new book of memoirs, “Decision Points”, but the talk of the town is not about the book but the Matt Lauer interview.
So, maybe Kanye felt something and said something many, if not most of us in the New Orleans area began to feel back then – that Bush didn’t really care about poor people, and was – like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” – out of touch with the reality of poverty.
After watching this, what do you think?