Spotted on the Hill Last Week


U2’s frontman Bono was on the Hill last week “to solicit ideas for publicizing the successes of U.S. government programs and his own charitable initiatives in combating poverty, AIDS and other ills in Africa.” Bono met with members of the House and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A few days before Bono was in Philly to receive the The Liberty Medal awarded by none other Bush, Sr.:

Accepting the medal and its $100,000 prize from National Constitution Center chairman George H.W. Bush, Bono drew a chuckle from the crowd of 2,500 on the center’s white-chair-specked lawn when he reminded the former president that Bush wouldn’t take his calls in 1992. Back then, the Irish musician-turned-statesman-in-the-rough wanted to discuss global awareness about AIDS, Third World debt, hunger and pestilence in Africa.

Bush’s son, the current president, has been more receptive – for better or worse, Bono teased.

“He had me over to lunch. . . . Now, I’m not what you’d call house-trained. I’m not even White House-trained,” Bono said. “I ask for things before we even sit down for tea, like billions of dollars to fight AIDS.”

Bono has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and interestingly, “six Liberty Medal winners have subsequently won the Nobel Prize.” Rumor has it however, the Nobel may just go to Al Gore this year.

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