March 20, 2019
George Bush probably regrets not getting to be the Republican who granted blanket amnesty like Ronald Reagan did.
At the rate things are going, that honor will belong to the Trump presidency.
Former President George W. Bush welcomed new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas, saying that “amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength.”
Bush and former first lady Laura Bush both spoke to the 50 or so candidates for naturalization during the ceremony Monday at his institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
I will always remember what Bush said was the lowest point of his presidency.
It struck me as being particularly bizarre.
It was when Kanye called him a racist.
The words of a negro rapper wounded him so. He wrote about it in his book and then brought it up in an interview.
The infamous one that he gave five years after Kanye’s outburst, after he was out of office on a book tour.
“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “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.”
Lauer quotes from Bush’s new book: “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” Lauer adds, “You go on: ‘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.’”
He didn’t mind being called a war-monger, a shabbos shill, a liar, being blamed for the deaths of a million Iraqis and thousands of American soldiers, a stooge for the oligarchs, no, none of that affected him as much as a black person not liking him.
President Bush responds: “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em, and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.
Lauer: “You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your presidency?”
Bush: “Yes. My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.”
Lauer: “I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this — “
Bush [interrupting]: “Don’t care.”
Lauer: “Well, here’s the reason. You’re not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.”
Bush: “No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
This was two years after he left the office. In other words, he was still simmering and seething about being called a racist that one time by that popular rapper. He realized then and there that if he was to ensure his legacy and not ended being called a racist by posterity, he’d have to dedicate his retirement to shilling for more brown people to prove to himself and the Chinese historians that he wasn’t a bad man.
Naturally, he decided to start his work in his home state of Texas, a state that is teetering on going perma-blue just like California and ensuring that Republicans never again have a shot at winning the Presidency.
Like Reagan before him, Bush seems hell-bent on turning his home state blue in a bizarre act of betrayal and revenge against the people who supported him the most.
And the pantheon of conservative heroes is about to get another member.