Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Kanye West Called George W. Bush Racist on TV in 2005, Names New Song for His “No Child Left Behind” Program


We’re coming up on 16th anniversary for Kanye West and George W. Bush. Kanye called then President Bush a racist on national television on the Hurricane Katrina telethon September 2, 2005. He blurted out on live TV, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.”

It was the first time realized collectively that Kanye had no control over his mouth.

Flash forward to last night. Kanye released a snippet of a new song called “No Child Left Behind. It’s from his “Donda” album, coming Thursday night with a listening party in Atlanta. The song, with the refrain “He’s done miracles on me,” set against a church organ indicates a religious theme in keeping with Kanye’s last couple of Christian themed albums. Ut’s used in a commercial for a decidedly unreligious product, Beats headphones by Dr. Dre, for Apple.

But the title is most interesting. Reports failed to note that “No Child Left Behind” was the name of a famous Bush administration program from 2001, designed to help poor and needy kids. It was ambitious but is also considered a historical failure.

Meantime, in the clip below, you can see Bush years later telling Matt Lauer of the Today show how much Kanye’s declaration hurt him. “It was disgusting,” Bush said.

In the time since, Kanye has become a Trump thumping Republican. And Trump became the enemy of the Bushes. So this new reference back to Bush by Kanye should signal that trouble is coming with “Donda.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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