Sideshow: Bush accepts Kanye West's apology | Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/11/2010: "'I'm not a hater.' So said former President George W. Bush Wednesday on Today after accepting Kanye 'The Ego' West's apology for suggesting otherwise.
West had attacked Bush in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, saying, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people.'
He retracted the diss Tuesday in a chat with NBC's Matt Lauer. 'I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist,' he said. 'I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don't always choose the right words.'
Bush writes in his memoir, Decision Points, that the incident was a low point in his presidency. 'I don't hate Kanye West,' he said on Today.
'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 equality of races.'"