In his upcoming memoir Decision Points, George W. Bush identifies the "all-time low" of his presidency: that time Kanye West said "George W. Bush doesn't care about black people" on live TV during a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Not to point out the obvious here, but: 9/11, two wars, Hurricane Katrina itself, and the start of a crippling economic downturn would also make fine contenders for "worst."
This all comes from an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer:
Lauer quotes from Bush’s new book: "Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust." Lauer adds, “You go on: ‘I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.’
President Bush responds: “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.
Lauer: “You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?”
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.”
Oh, GWB. Even if that's how you feel — which maybe it is but golly, I hope not — admitting that is dumb. (Also, as far as insulting moments go, I would think "shoe to the face" might beat "rapper widely considered a loose cannon insults me as former SNL member looks on hilariously.")