George W. Bush Calls Kanye West Insult "Disgusting Moment" in Presidency

Former President George W. Bush at the 2010 MLB Playoffs between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers on Oct. 15, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS) Former President George W. Bush says one of the worst moments in his presidency was when hip-hop star Kanye West insulted him on live TV.

PICTURES: Kanye West
PICTURES: George W. Bush's Farewell

During the televised 2005 "Concert for Relief," West, 33, infamously went off script and blurted out to millions of viewers, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," leaving his co-presenter, comedian Mike Myers, stunned and speechless.

In the memoir, "Decision Points," due out next Tuesday, Nov. 9, Mr. Bush also reveals that he once considered replacing Dick Cheney as his running mate in 2004. However, Mr. Bush says West's comments "represented an all-time low"

"He called me racist," he said to Matt Lauer, according to MSNBC, while promoting his book in a special prime-time interview set to air Nov. 8.

"I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now," Mr. Bush added. "It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it, it's not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency."

When Lauer questioned him about how an insult from a rapper was worse than watching a natural disaster, Mr. Bush insisted that West's comment was still unappreciated.

"I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There's a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple."

Mr. Bush's book tour will have him next appear on "The Oprah Winfrey"Show Nov. 9 - the day "Decision Points" is released.

The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App