updated 11/03/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/03/2010 AT 8:10 AM ET
Standing firm that his decision to invade Iraq was the right one, revealing that he considered dropping Dick Cheney from his 2004 campaign to “demonstrate that I was in charge,” and even admitting that a televised insult from Kanye West represented the lowest point of his presidency, former President George W. Bush has put pen to paper for a memoir, Decision Points, due from Crown Publishers on Nov. 9.
Talking about the book in his first TV interview since leaving the Oval Office, Bush met with NBC’s Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer in Midland, Texas, from his childhood home and church, and from Centennial Park.
“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 [Hurricane] Katrina represented an all-time low,” Bush writes, and which Lauer reads back to him in the interview, which will air on Monday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. ET as a special Matt Lauer Reports. Bush will also appear live on Today Wednesday Nov. 10.