"If you say anything then you loose everything."
"He called me a racist [...] 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 [...] Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust [...] 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 [...] My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment."
-President George W. Bush
Kanye on NBC Today Show: "I would tell George Bush: In my moment of frustration, I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist," West said. "I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don't always choose the right words."
Bush Jr's reponse: "I appreciate that ... It wasn't just Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina. I cited him as an example ... Absolutely [I forgive Kanye] ... I'm not a hater. I don't hate Kanye West ... But 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 the equality of race."
Kanye's response via Twitter: "Man I'm heading to Abu Dhabi finna go to Ferrari Land YESSSS!!! ... but before I take off let me tell you how they did me at the Today show ... I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist ... While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the "MTV" under me with audio!!!!!!! ... I don't mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show ... and that's a very nice way for me to put it! ... HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT ... I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused I don't trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don't do press anymore. I can't be everything to everybody anymore ... I can't be everybody's hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ! ... I can't take anymore advice!!! I create, I'm creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day ... Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don't trust anyone! ... Very judged very scrutinized very criticized! I want everyone to know I have lows all the time but I make it through them! ... Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the "MTV" clip while I was speaking about Bush? ... He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I wish Michael Jackson had twitter!!!!!! ... Maybe Mike could have explained how the media tried to set him up!!! It's all a fucking set up!!!! ... This is rock and roll life my people... you can't stop the truth you can't stop the music and I have to be strong or "they" win!!!! ... Sometimes it's not simple, some days it's not easy... I just want to create. I love you guys, thanks for the support!"
Originally Posted 11/11/2010