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In memoir, George W. Bush spills on Cheney, Iraq, Katrina

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Regrets, W has a few.

George W. Bush once considered replacing his No. 2 Dick Cheney, and the former prez admits he made mistakes with Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, he fesses in his memoir out Tuesday.

The book, “Decision Points,” runs from 9/11 and ends with the economic meltdown, during which Bush felt like “the captain of a sinking ship.”

He writes that in 2003, Cheney volunteered to step down after becoming a “lightning rod” for criticism. But he stuck with Cheney because he helped him “do the job” in the White House, rather than replacing him with Republican Sen. Bill Frist.

Bush explains that criticism about his response to Hurricane Katrina made for “the worst moment of my presidency.” He singles out Kanye West, who famously said: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

On NBC’s “Today,” Bush said of the remark: “I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now.”

The comment, Bush writes in his book, was an “all-time low,” adding that his Air Force One flyover was a mistake.

Iraq haunts him, too. Bush gets a “sickening feeling” when he thinks about not finding weapons in Iraq – his stated rationale for the war —but that removing Saddam Hussein was the “right decision.”

(With Reuters)

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