"It was bad timing, but it was absolutely an honest emotion. We all felt like that. We didn't feel like Katrina was a natural disaster. We felt like it was an attack on black people." JAY-Z stands by Kanye West over his criticism of former U.S. President George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina during a telethon in 2005. Bush recently branded the moment West publicly declared "George Bush doesn't care about black people" the "most disgusting" period of his eight years in office.