Kanye West went from “College Dropout” to Ph.D in a matter of moments when he accepted an honorary degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday.
But the most surprising thing about Yeezy’s graduation day was his seemingly arbitrary shout-out to former President George W. Bush.
The Yeezus singer infamously declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live Hurricane Katrina relief telethon in 2005, but now, 10 years later, it seems West has finally forgiven the former president.
In his speech at the Art Institute of Chicago’s commencement ceremony, West (or Dr. West now) said, “George Bush has some very cool self-portraits. I didn’t know he was an artist.”
West, 37, didn’t mention Bush, 68, again, but according to the Washington Post, the comment came after he said, ” ‘I’m sorry’ is something that you can use a lot. It gives you opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it, and give your opinion again. People say you should not be sorry for your opinions.”
Perhaps this is West’s way of apologizing to Bush. Perhaps he just enjoys a good self-portrait of a former U.S. president taking a shower.
A spokesperson for Bush said he had no comment.