Today In Hip-Hop: Kanye West Criticizes President Bush

On this day, September 2, in hip-hop history…

2005: During a nationally televised Hurricane Katrina relief concert, A Concert For Hurricane Relief, Kanye West delivered a stinging criticism to then-President George W. Bush for his handling of disaster relief in the wake of the storm. Only a few short days earlier, Hurricane Katrina smashed into the United States flooding the city of New Orleans and devastating the country’s Gulf region. Many had felt that both President Bush and the federal government had been too slow to act in the early days of storm relief critically causing the infrastructure of the city of New Orleans to break down and descend into chaos.

Speaking at the event, Kanye West joined comedian Mike Myers where West famously told viewers that he thought “George Bush doesn’t care about black viewers.” West’s comments won him both praise and sharp criticism after the event. Years later, President Bush would call Kanye’s comments one of the most “disgusting moments” of his presidency. Not all agreed with the President’s take as many praised West for his candidness and bravery including Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and noted economist Dr. Boyce Watkins.

  • derekpeezy

    George Bush doesn’t care about black viewers? It’s George Bush doesn’t care about black people…

  • LOL

    The look on Mike Myers and Chris Tuckers faces are priceless