Skip to comments.Bono Discusses World's Poor With Bush
Posted on 10/20/2005 5:28:58 AM PDT by brwnsuga
Before getting on stage before his fans in a Wednesday night concert, U2 frontman Bono bent President Bush's ear about the world's poor.
The rock star and the president had lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office, ordering from the menu at the same mess hall where White House staffers get their lunch. Bush, dressed in the classic presidential uniform of suit and red tie, also showed Bono, dressed in his trademark black jeans and sunglasses, around the Oval Office.
Bono told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview before they dined that he had no fear of meeting Bush or any other world leader.
"They should be afraid, because they will be held accountable for what happened on their watch," Bono told the magazine for an article on newsstands Friday. "I'm representing the poorest and the most vulnerable people. On a spiritual level, I have that with me. I'm throwing a punch, and the fist belongs to people who can't be in the room, whose rage, whose anger, whose hurt I represent.
"The moral force is way beyond mine, it's an argument that has much more weight than I have. So I'm not feeling nervous."
Over an hour and 40 minute meeting, Bono and Bush discussed debt relief, AIDS, malaria and world trade, said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. McClellan said they also talked about the concerts that U2 was preparing to put on at Washington's MCI Center Wednesday and Thursday night.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Bono heaped praise on Bush for providing $15 billion to help fight AIDS in Africa, money that is helping pay for anti-retroviral drugs. He said he was disappointed that Bush and Congress had cut the Millennium Challenge program that gives foreign aid to countries that pursue political, economic and human rights reforms, but he'll keep pushing them to fund the full amount that the president promised.
Bono said he is "capable of having a row" if he doesn't get what he wants. He said he once criticized Bush for not getting the Millennium Challenge money out quick enough and was rebuked for it.
"One senator threw a newspaper at me in a meeting. 'How dare you disrespect the president of the United States!'" Bono told the magazine.
Bono said he doesn't support any president from the left or the right, but he has a hard time criticizing Bush after he has sent the money to Africa. He said he's made it clear that he doesn't support the war in Iraq, but he doesn't campaign against it because his main priority is helping the poor and disadvantaged.
"I work for them," Bono said. "If me not shooting my mouth off about the war in Iraq is the price I pay, then I'm prepared to pay it."
But, he added, "I'm a big-mouthed Irish rock star. Of course it frustrates me."
I think it's embarassing for the President to waste time on this socialist goof.
The President wastes time with goofs every day. It's part of the job.
Bono doesn't file his taxes in Ireland because there is a tax law that charges mega-stars a tax to help fund starving musicians.
Good point, I suppose.
I am surprised that Bono has enough self restraint to not 'shoot his mouth off' about the war, but I have a smidgen of respect for him having it.
I also think Bono is a goof, but he does represent people who can't represent themself and the world needs humanitarians I suppose. I will say that he needs to be more focused on ousting stupid governments that keep the people in Africa poor instead of begging off money from richer countries.
It's more than embarassing. With all of the issues that beg for his attention, to waste time with this buffoon is an outrage.
Since when is the poor people of the world under Bush's watch?
I thought this is a UN issue?
Why cant I have a meeting with Bush? Im even a US citizen.
Prancing, self-absorbed twit.
The thing is, it doesn't get Bush anything. No credit, no appreciation, nada, zilch. He is still hated by the left, and the MSM.
LOL! He's right up there with O'Gasbag!
I don't believe that really happened. At least not as portrayed.
"I'm a big-mouthed Irish rock star. Of course it frustrates me."
No, he's a big mouthed egotist filled with delusions about his own narcissistic self-righteous, self-importance and "wisdom".
How did this twit even get in the door of the White House? Who let him in to inflate his already over inflated sense of self-importance? Who takes this twit seriously? Why?
True. The only thing it will generate is the disgust of the right.
I don't believe it, either. I'd say that at least 98 of the 100 U.S. Senators are such limp-wristed fairies that they couldn't throw a newspaper more than six inches.
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