Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): President George W. Bush has revealed that the lowest point of his presidency was "being called a racist" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In the days following the disaster caused by Katrina, Bush was criticized for what most say was a slow federal response to aiding victims, especially in the heavily African-American, Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans.
"I think being called a racist because of Katrina was a low point," Politico.com quoted Bush as telling CNN's Larry King.
Added to the comments was one from entertainer Kanye West, who said during a live hurricane relief fundraiser on network television that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
"In fact, the truth of the matter is the response was pretty darn quick," Bush said.
"If you think about the fact that the Coast Guard and a lot of brave kids were pulling 30,000 people off of roofs as soon as the storm passed, as soon as they found people on those roofs," he stated.
When King pointed out that a lot of mistakes were made in the days following the hurricane, Bush said: "Well, yes, at all levels of government, absolutely."
"And that's a good thing about government. By the way, we have had, that I know of, sitting right here, eight hurricanes, major hurricanes, and seven and a half were dealt with the way everybody expected them to be dealt with," Bush further said.
"The Mississippi part of Katrina was dealt with well, even though it was a really horrible hurricane.
"My brother was governor of Florida, and seven major hurricanes hit there. And the response was always pretty good. It's the response out of New Orleans and Louisiana which was not as good as we would have liked," he added. (ANI)