In the pre-Taylor Swift era, Kanye might have fired back with a blustery retort. But time has had its humbling effects on the music mogul. "I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist," West said in a radio interview. He empathized with the former president, equating his MTV incident to his reaction to Bush's fumbling response to Hurricane Katrina.
With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we're all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I'm more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through]—and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.It's progress.