George Bush "Absolutely" Forgives Kanye West

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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.

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."

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."