George Bush memoir: Kanye West slap was low point
Bits of George W. Bush's White House memoir, "Decision Points," are starting to trickle out, and among the tidbits is that he considered an insult from Kanye West a low point of his administration. In the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina's devastation of New Orleans, the pop star accused Bush of not caring about black people.
I can understand that Bush would feel singed by that remark. He always seemed like someone who didn't care deeply about political rhetoric or philosophy -- but wanted to be known as a regular guy. So saying that he had written off blacks would hurt.
Bush is making the rounds of the talk shows, including Oprah and the Today Show, to promote "Decision Points, which will be released tomorrow. You can get a taste of the interviews in this segment with Matt Lauer.
Meanwhile, here's an excerpt from the New York Times review: A dogged work of reminiscence by an author not naturally given to introspection, “Decision Points” lacks the emotional precision and evocative power of his wife Laura’s book, “Spoken From the Heart,” published earlier this year, though it’s a considerably more substantial effort than Mr. Bush’s perfunctory 1999 campaign memoir, “A Charge to Keep.” ... The prose in “Decision Points” is utilitarian, the language staccato and blunt. Mr. Bush’s default mode is regular-guy-politico, and his moods vacillate mainly among the defensive and the diligent — frat boy irreverence, religious certainty and almost willful obliviousness.