It took George Bush five years to reply to Kanye West's remarks about him not liking Black people, but it took Kanye just a couple of minutes to respond back. 'Ye called it to 97.9 The Box in Houston and spoke to host Devi Dev about Bush's comments as well as Taylor Swift.
Video: Kanye West on George Bush, Taylor Swift
"Well, I definitely can understand the way he feels to be accused of being a racist in any way. The same thing happened to me -- I got accused of being a racist," Kanye said, referring to the backlash he got after last year's Taylor Swift conflict. "With both situations it was a lack of compassion America felt. With him, it was a lack of compassion for not rushing or taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion for cutting someone off in their moment."
Kanye went on to say Americans are quick to pull the race card and that he feels more connected to George Bush now that he's gone through a similar situation. "Now, I'm more open and the poetic justice I felt to have gone through the things he went and now I'm more connected to him on a humanitarian level."
Kanye -- who congratulated Taylor Swift for topping the Billboard 200 this week with her "Speak Now" album which sold 1,047,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan -- also said he's grown because of the Swift fiasco. "I'm more compasionate and sensitive to people's emotions and I understand it's not about me or what my opinons are all the time... I became a better person -- I needed that time off.
"When people become celebrities, the moment you don't have to do your own dishes anymore, you don't have that responsibility anymore, a lot of times you lose a level of humanity," he continued. "It's a growing process. I feel like a brand new artist. I feel like respect is something hard to earn but easy to lose and I feel like I'm on that path to getting all that back right now."
Well said, 'Ye.