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George W. Bush Talks With Oprah About Hurricane Katrina and Being Called a Racist (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Nov 9th 2010 7:42PM
Former President George W. Bush appeared Tuesday in a taped episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to promote his new memoir 'Decision Points.'

At one point in the conversation, Winfrey queried Bush about his response (or lack thereof) to Hurricane Katrina -- he had flown over the devastation and seen it first hand. Winfrey asked him "why didn't you in that moment say 'I'm going to take charge'?" Bush answered with a typically Bush-mangled response about not being able to send in "law enforcement under the law ... I could send in the armed military if they weren't armed. I wasn't gonna put a troop in combat ... combat's not the right word ... troop in harms way without the capacity to defend him or herself" ... but "knowing what I know today, I would have sent them in."

But what really bothered Bush in retrospect was being called a racist because his response to the situation was slow. There were some pundits and black political and cultural figures who opined that if he had flown over the devastation and it had been middle-class white people down there -- and not poor, disenfranchised, blacks -- he would have acted faster. That really hurt, he said. "You can disagree with my politics, but don't ever accuse me of being a racist."

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no, he's a racist bumpkin with NO class. but most of all, he's just plain stupid. i think there should be a minimum IQ level for anyone to work in high-level positions in government. he's really dumb, just listen to him talk!

November 11 2010 at 3:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

President Bush has class. He is a true American hero, and surely his actions during his presidency saved the world from terrorist takeover. He was absolutely riveting on Oprah, and showed how greatly the country misses his leadership.

November 09 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Davis

No, he doesn't. No, he isn't and no, he didn't. No, he wasn't.

November 10 2010 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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