by Latoya Peterson
Last night was rough. I helpeed emcee at Busboys and Poets for Free Speech TV. (Many thanks to Marc Steiner, for allowing me to be a part of his show!) It was a very tough evening for a lot of reasons, but it was a good conversation. (Clips are here and here, for those interested.)
However, Busboys emptied out by 11 PM, with a lot of demoralized people cutting off the coverage and heading home. Happily, my last vote for Congressional representation wasn’t in vain – O’Malley defeated Ehrlich and Barbara Milkuski stomped the competition in Maryland. I was going to open the thread for election results and discussion, but then I caught this other headline:
MATT LAUER: You remember what he said?
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist.
MATT LAUER: Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: That’s — “he’s a racist.” And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. 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. [...]
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And– it was a disgusting moment.
Y’all, I can’t. Floor is yours.