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10 November 2010
Mr. West, in a taped interview, admitted that, "in a situation of high emotion, we don't always choose the right words." The situation was the middle of a successful eight-year campaign to portray Mr. Bush as a complete doofus, leading up to the rout of the Republican Party in 2006 and 2008. These elections will not be set aside based on the new information. Presumably, the current environment is calmer and Mr. West is choosing the right words, this time.
The United States thought it had seen the last of Mr. Bush, especially in 2008 when he was disinvited from his own party's nominating convention. But the nation did not anticipate the allure of a book deal, with its nationwide appearances on TV and radio programs. Mr. Bush has been everywhere, projecting magnanimity and serenity, which should be good for a couple thousand extra copies of his autobiography. He admitted that he continued being stupid long after he stopped being "young and stupid," but insisted he did not go back to the bottle after America unanimously vilified him, starting at about the time of Mr. West's notorious statement.
Shown the taped interview during one of these appearances, a calm Mr. Bush said, "I don't hate Conway [sic] West.
"I think the four grueling IRS audits of him got my point across."
Updated, 11 November
New information on a television interview with George W. Bush, reported by UnNews yesterday, shines new light on the exchange. Namely, it is all bollocks. MSNBC, which interviewed the former U.S. President, fabricated the videotape of Conway West from file footage, and used the voice of one of the nation's many Conway West impressionists, in the Congressional Black Caucus, just to see if they could get Mr. Bush to say something stupid--just like old times.
Essentially, Mr. West did not retract his five-year-old remarks that Mr. Bush does not care about black people.
Mr. Bush had responded that he had no problem with "Conway" West. Recently reinstated MSNBC anchorman Keith Olbermann said, "Well, he should! How could the man defend this nation if he can't recognize an obvious personal enemy? Then as now, Bush doesn't know what he's talking about."