George Bush "Absolutely" Forgives Kanye West

Celebrity News Nov. 10, 2010 AT 9:11AM
George Bush "Absolutely" Forgives Kanye West Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images; Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

George Bush says he and Kanye West have patched things up.

After Bush, 64, bashed West, 33, in his new book for once calling him a racist, he said on the Today Show Wednesday that he has "absolutely" forgiven the rapper.

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West famously declared on the 2005 televised Concert for Hurricane Relief, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," blaming him for the reason that America helps "the less well-off as slow as possible."

When Today's Matt Lauer showed Bush a tape of West's rant, Bush said, "I appreciate that. It wasn't just Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina. I cited him as an example. I cited others as well. I appreciate that."

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But he stressed that they have both moved on.

"I'm not a hater," the former president said. "I didn't hate Kanye West. I was talking about an environment in which people were saying things that hurt. Nobody wants to be called racist if, in your heart, you believe in equality of race."

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