It’s all good between Dubya and Kanye, but maybe not between Kanye and Matt Lauer.
George W. Bush — blitzing the media in promotion of his memoir “Decision Points” — has accepted hip-hop star Kanye West’s apology for famously saying in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that the former president “doesn’t care about black people.”
In comments aired Wednesday on the “Today” show, Kanye told Lauer, “I would tell George Bush: In my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist.”
Later in the day during a live interview, Bush told Lauer he “absolutely” forgives the 33-year-old rapper, adding, “I’m not a hater. I don’t hate Kanye West.”
But Kanye, no stranger to controversy, slammed Lauer in a series of tweets hours before his interviewed aired. “He tried to force my answers,” West wrote in all-caps in one tweet. “It was very brutal.” West was also upset “Today” showed video of his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift while his comments were aired.
Meanwhile, Bush, 64, is denying reports he wanted to endorse Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.
A spokesman for the Republican ex-president told Politico.com the claim “is ridiculous and untrue. … President Bush proudly supported John McCain in the election and voted for him.”