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Former President Bush has agreed to only two television interviews—a primetime conversation with NBC's Matt Lauer and an hour with Oprah. The difference between the interviews is that Jenna has gotten former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush to sit down with their son for the very first time. "The fact that you have them all together is really fantastic," Oprah says.

During the pre-show meeting, the conversation turns to President Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. "The most hurtful thing about Katrina was him being framed as a racist," executive producer Sheri says. "Said it was the worst day of his presidency."

During a live telethon for Katrina victims, rap artist Kanye West said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Oprah says she didn't come to that conclusion. "But I thought, 'Gee, he could have done more, they didn't react soon enough,'" Oprah says. "People who are disenfranchised have more trouble getting things done than people who are not. That's just a fact. I don't know if you call that racist."

Still, Oprah says she will keep an open mind. "I'm going to read the book and approach George Bush not with my opinions about what he had done or had not done in office," she says. "I approached it with an open mind."



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