George Bush went off about Kanye West recently in his memoir, “Decision Points” and then reiterated his disgust again to Matt Lauer during an interview for the Today Show. Apparently, The Decider is still staying the course on his comment about the most “disgusting” moment of his presidency — the moment when Kanye West called him a racist (forget about people being tortured to death in their underwear at Abu Ghraib, or all the deaths at the World Trade Center).
Kanye wanted to retract his statement so he took his turn on the show too. It got off to a rocky start when Lauer (creepily) made Kanye watch some footage of Bush’s pained reaction. It seemed to throw Kanye off and he chastised Lauer for baiting him with the footage saying, “I don’t need all the jazz.” Then he proceeded to light up some unseen crew who were presumably making some noise off stage, adding, “Can we be quiet for a second?” It was truly awkward, and yet amazing to see Kanye work. After he settled down, he gave an impassioned response declaring that he really had no right to call Bush a racist, that it was the heat of the moment, etc.
The fun didn’t end there though, when they decided to roll footage of the 2009 VMA Taylor Swift incident while the man was trying to talk again. Kanye, who was clearly on edge already, let Lauer have it. “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you’re going to run the thing in the middle while I’m talking? he asked, totally interrupted. “I’m hearing it while I’m trying to talk,” he added.
He told his producer/crew to take the audio out of the overheads and asked Kanye to pick up where he left off, but it was too late for things to go smoothly. Kanye, incredulous and looking around off set again (for whatever fool was controlling the video?) ignores Lauer for a beat, then responds, “Please don’t let that happen again. It’s like ridiculous.”
Suddenly, Matt Lauer is a Charles Dickens creation, some kind of Ghost of Kanye’s Past, tormenting him with all these horrifying images and shrill sound bytes. I see a music video in the making. Kanye just gets better and better. Watch the highlights: