News: Jay-Z Fires Up George W. Bush/Hurricane Katrina Debate, "All You Saw On The News Was Black People W/ Help Signs"
Monday, Dec 6, 2010 9:31AM
Rap mogul Jay-Z has reignited the debate over former United States President George W. Bush's efforts to address 2005's massive Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
Asked if he supported Kanye West's open criticism of Bush during the Hurricane Katrina relief broadcast, Jay backed his former Roc-A-Fella artist.
"I 100 percent agreed with the comments that [Kanye] made, because again ... it felt like it was being done to black people," Jay-Z said in an interview. "Like, all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the Commander-In-Chief, who we all rely on, just flying by...Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?" (Associated Press)
Last month, Jay-Z also backed up Ye and questioned Bush's "lowest point" revelation.
Bush's admission that West's Hurricane Katrina rant was the low point of his presidency struck Jay-Z as odd. "First, I find it strange, like everyone else should, that one of his lowest points was somebody talking about him," Jay-Z said of Kanye's infamous "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" comment. "He's the president. People should insult him a lot. That's part of the job description." He went on to reiterate an excerpt from Decoded in which he talks about how the mishandling of the rescue/relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina affected him. "It didn't feel like a natural disaster; it felt like it was happening directly to blacks, and immediately those images of people in suits getting beaten, sprayed with hoses, beaten on the bridge at Selma, all these emotions were going on inside of us," Jay said. "Kanye really spoke what everyone else felt." (MTV)
In light of the controversy, SOHH talked to G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T for his take on the situation.
"Me, I'm Pusha, I don't give a f*ck about what George W. Bush's lowest point was, ever. I don't care what he thinks," Pusha told SOHH. "And if Ye was his lowest point, then that says a lot about him. The president of the United States of America, I don't care how he feels emotionally. Listen man, people be getting it f*cked up, man, a lot of what's said comes from a very honest place and at the end of the day, if anything Ye said made Bush feel some type of way, then you sort of have to look at stuff in its whole perspective. You have to look in the mirror and say, 'What the f*ck was I doing wrong to make this guy say this and so many people agree with it?'" (SOHH)
A few weeks ago, Bush said he believed Yeezy slandered his image following the New Orleans disaster.
"He called me a racist," Bush tells reporter Matt 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." ("Matt Lauer Reports")
Check out George W. Bush speaking on Kanye West below: