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Bush rejects accusations of racism over Katrina
reuters ^ | Wed Nov 3, 2010 | Steve Holland

Posted on 11/03/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Former President George W. Bush says criticism from some, including prominent rapper Kanye West, that his handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina showed he did not care about black people represented "an all-time low."

In his memoir, "Decision Points," to be released next Tuesday, Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency."

In excerpts of an interview of Bush by NBC's "Today" show, the former president was asked about West's comment that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The accusation arose because many blacks were affected by the hurricane that ravaged Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states, and Bush came under sharp criticism for his handling of the calamity.

Bush, whose Today show interview is to be aired next Monday, said West's charge was tantamount to being called a racist. "And I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now.......

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: black; blackpeople; blacks; criticism; crticism; decisionpoints; georgebush; gulfcoast; gw; kanyewest; katrina; louisiana; nbc; presidency; president; racism; racist; todayshow
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"Hip-hop star Kanye West refuses to enter into arguments with other rappers because he thinks he is clever than all of them."


1 posted on 11/03/2010 12:53:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

It’s about time.


2 posted on 11/03/2010 12:56:55 PM PDT by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: JoeProBono

I normally don’t wish harm on anyone, but Kanye would do us all a favor by following in Tupac’s footsteps.


3 posted on 11/03/2010 12:57:38 PM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: JoeProBono

Why would anyone credit this idiot’s point of view? Since when is stupidity is point of view


4 posted on 11/03/2010 12:58:14 PM PDT by SMARTY ("..discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you")
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To: JoeProBono

Under “No-Talent Ass Clown” in the Dictionary, you see Kanye’s picture.


5 posted on 11/03/2010 12:59:28 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: SMARTY

The problem is that the Black Community hailed Kanye as a hero for making that statement.


6 posted on 11/03/2010 1:00:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: LottieDah

7 posted on 11/03/2010 1:02:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

He probably is.


8 posted on 11/03/2010 1:02:32 PM PDT by 353FMG (In the end, it will be either ISLAM or America -- it cannot be both.)
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To: SMARTY

Exactly right.


9 posted on 11/03/2010 1:04:52 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: JoeProBono

I agree the insult was disgusting and unwarranted. But to give it any notice also gives credence to West.


10 posted on 11/03/2010 1:07:15 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: SMARTY

West is a nobody. Why would Bush give one whit about what he said? Of course the charges of racism were coming from many corners.


11 posted on 11/03/2010 1:08:04 PM PDT by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: JoeProBono
The entire Katrina ordeal was nothing more than an entrapment of George W. Bush.

The Louisiana governor waiting days before calling out the National guard while the N.O. mayor let buses sit idle.

FEMA responded immediately AFTER the governor finally contacted DC and permitted them in.

All of this racism crap is just more whining from those who didn't get enough money from FEMA to satisfy them. They know any whining to DC - especially with the racist president we now have in place - will result in payouts, bailouts, and shoutouts.

Katrina is beating a dead horse, it's long since been over and most of the city has been rebuilt; money was handed out harem-scarem and spent on alcohol, drugs and porno.

Many of the residents left La. and never returned anyway.

If I was Bush I wouldn't even bother responding to them...it'll just start them and the media up again.

At least Bush didn't sit on his ass for 40 days like obama did and wait for BP to come in a clean it up for him.
12 posted on 11/03/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT by FrankR (November 2nd is NOT an election - it's a RESTRAINING ORDER.....VOTE!)
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To: JoeProBono

One of the few things Obama has ever said that I’ve agreed with him on: “Kanye West is a jackass.”


13 posted on 11/03/2010 1:10:43 PM PDT by HHFi
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Katrina was as much a failure of the GOVERNED as it was a failure of the government...
These Rats have no problem hotwiring an Escalade for a joyride, but were too busy stealing beer and shoes to load any one of the hundreds of buses sitting around with their elderly neighbors....


14 posted on 11/03/2010 1:11:29 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: dfwgator
African Americans systematically and consistently selects role models and hero's with feet of clay.

They seem to have some innate aversion for authenticity and integrity.

I have never understood why hopelessly flawed, flakey and near-idiot criminals are the very individuals they idolize. Oh well, some things NEVER change.

15 posted on 11/03/2010 1:12:41 PM PDT by SMARTY ("..discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you")
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To: JoeProBono

Who would take that guy seriously?


16 posted on 11/03/2010 1:13:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: FrankR

Blank-Oh got her marching orders from DNC Headquarters during the whole thing.


17 posted on 11/03/2010 1:16:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: FrankR

Incumbent Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, declined to run for a second term after seeing her approval ratings fall through the floor following Hurricane Katrina


18 posted on 11/03/2010 1:17:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: bereanway
West is a nobody

Not in the Black Community, I remember all of the people calling into the black radio stations afterwards and praising Kanye for what he said.

19 posted on 11/03/2010 1:17:47 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: JoeProBono
In his memoir, "Decision Points," to be released next Tuesday, Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency."

This MUST be a misquote or taken out of context.

20 posted on 11/03/2010 1:23:19 PM PDT by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: JoeProBono
Kanye will be a has-been before too long, just like every other no-talent hip-hop/rap flavor of the moment.
21 posted on 11/03/2010 1:26:22 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (I know more about Christine O'Donnell than I do about Barack Obama.)
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To: LottieDah

Karl Rove is not happy with this display of partisanship on the part of Bush.


22 posted on 11/03/2010 1:27:27 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: dfwgator

And they think Obama is wonderful. The only thing that matters to them is RACE. They are RACISTS. Remember the applause(black) when OJ was found not guilty. He killed two people. It didn’t matter to blacks because he was black. Michael Jackson was a pedophile. Doesn’t matter to blacks because he was BLACK(for a while).

My disgust is for the non-blacks who vote right down the line with these RACISTS.

Kanye West? Wouldn’t know him if I pooped on the top of his head.


23 posted on 11/03/2010 1:29:10 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: BenLurkin

24 posted on 11/03/2010 1:29:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: LeonardFMason

Black women love Kanye, most black men think he’s a fag.


25 posted on 11/03/2010 1:30:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: JoeProBono
including prominent rapper Kanye West...

who dat?

another MoTown worthless POS.

Now go back to holding your gun sideways and STFU!

26 posted on 11/03/2010 1:31:08 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (What's up with the towel on the head? - 'Ima Target')
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To: Maverick68

That’s a major point. They could have taken the initiative to get out and help others, but stole things and dsetroyed stores. Some families were so stupid as to actually sit as the storm rode through, not flee before it hit. A total lack of initiative and warped priorities.


27 posted on 11/03/2010 1:32:09 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: LeonardFMason

28 posted on 11/03/2010 1:32:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Bush should have rappeled down from a helicopter onto I 10 with a couple of cases of water strapped to his back and FEMA forms in his pocket.

That would have been the end of that.

29 posted on 11/03/2010 1:34:35 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: dfwgator

Would someone please explain the psychology of a woman who loves a man with a criminal record? This is so sick that money makes these things inexcusable.


30 posted on 11/03/2010 1:34:39 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: LasVegasMac

31 posted on 11/03/2010 1:35:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: SMARTY

They also seem to have an aversion to:

Authority
Obedience to the law
Standards out of their leaders beyond skin tone
Respect for society

Their criteria is flawed since they choose according to skin color and skin color only. to them, ‘getting’ whitey is the main agenda, not simply fitting into society and cooperating to maintain a successful country.


32 posted on 11/03/2010 1:37:16 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: JoeProBono

The eyes of those beautiful, happy children prove he doesn't have a racist bone in his body.


33 posted on 11/03/2010 1:41:34 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: DCPatriot

Amen, brother! You can say what you will about some of the things he did while in office, but nobody can deny the man has a good heart.


34 posted on 11/03/2010 1:44:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: dfwgator

A fundamental problem with the charge of racism, is that it is the job of a citizen of this country to take as much control of his/her life as possible without sitting around waiting for something to happen. They had the tools to succeed and get out, but blamed the government for not acting right away, ssaving them from themselves, and they had so many chances to help themselves, but only helped themselves to stolen goods and property, while helping out in desecrating the stores.


35 posted on 11/03/2010 1:47:08 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: JoeProBono

Kanye likes fish dicks.


36 posted on 11/03/2010 1:51:19 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: JoeProBono

5 years too late. He was the president. He could have defended himself. If he had gotten on TV and said that the accusations were unfair, they would still hate him and they would still trash him, but he would have done the right thing.


37 posted on 11/03/2010 1:54:47 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Annoying liberals is my goal. I will not be silenced.)
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To: Niuhuru

The DNC determined this was going to be their way of attacking Bush, while the storm was still churning away in the Gulf. Never let a crisis go to waste.


38 posted on 11/03/2010 1:55:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: Niuhuru
Their criteria is flawed since they choose according to skin color and skin color only.

So why do they not vote for black Republicans?

39 posted on 11/03/2010 1:58:39 PM PDT by LightningStriker2010
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To: JoeProBono
Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency."

Just WOW!!. I would have thought this to be his "worst moment"

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40 posted on 11/03/2010 2:06:26 PM PDT by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: JoeProBono

This moron is such a loser that even Hussein called him a jackass. That name fits him well.


41 posted on 11/03/2010 2:07:38 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: JoeProBono

42 posted on 11/03/2010 2:08:13 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe baby!)
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To: Roccus
One would think, but there is something deeply unsettling about being falsely accused, especially when the accusation is ao ugly and untrue.

btw...how you been?

43 posted on 11/03/2010 2:08:43 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: dfwgator
The man is a moron to think that George Bush is a racist. He would be the last person in this country that would be. Sounds as if dimbulb is looking for a few Democrat perks.
44 posted on 11/03/2010 2:10:27 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Let Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Roccus

Awkward moment, but not worst. I don’t see how the Kanye moment was his worst or even a problem at all. One statement from one idiot who cannot back up the statement is no problem in my book.


45 posted on 11/03/2010 2:11:30 PM PDT by LightningStriker2010
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To: wtc911
(Still breathing, so I'm playing with house money.)

One would think, but there is something deeply unsettling about being falsely accused, especially when the accusation is ao ugly and untrue.

Sticks and stones...besides, why give any thought to what some 2 bit, inarticulate, loony wannabe thug says?

46 posted on 11/03/2010 2:14:11 PM PDT by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: LightningStriker2010

Sorry, they choose skin color and the best offer in regards to be a benefits package.


47 posted on 11/03/2010 2:17:13 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

I disagree. Kanye was/is not important enough to respond to. Mistake to dignify him with a response.


48 posted on 11/03/2010 2:17:24 PM PDT by LightningStriker2010
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To: JoeProBono
Rear sight relocated? lol. I've got a pic of that somewhere.

Your post 28, who is the smuck on the right?

Looks like Tiger Woods after a botox collapse.

49 posted on 11/03/2010 2:40:30 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (What's up with the towel on the head? - 'Ima Target')
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To: FrankR

accusation arose because many ill-prepared, ignorant, lazy, government-dependent, unthinking, uncaring, welfare-careerist blacks were affected by the hurricane that ravaged Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states,


50 posted on 11/03/2010 2:49:22 PM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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