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Kanye West apologizes for George W. Bush rant

Kanye West told the Today show that he regrets his infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment, something the former president has cited, during his recent book tour, as a low point in his tenure. In a taped interview shown live to Bush, West said, “I would say of George Bush, in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. But I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.” Bush responded, “I appreciate that. It wasn’t just Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina, I cited him as an example, I cited others as an example as well. You know, I appreciate that.”

But West didn’t at all appreciate how the whole exchange came to pass. Yesterday, after the taping, West Tweeted, “let me tell you how they did me at the Today show.” He went on to say, “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. … 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.”

Originally posted November 10 2010 — 10:54 AM EST

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