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Old 11-07-2008, 05:43 PM   #1
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Bono's letter to President-elect Obama

It can be found here: God's Politics: A Blog by Jim Wallis & Friends

Bono and Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, are good friends. Bono endorsed Jim's last two books, "God's Politics: How the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," and "The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post Religious-Right America." Jim mentions Bono in both books, including some stuff I hadn't heard before. They're both great, great reads.
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:20 PM   #2
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Kind of an odd piece of writing, though I guess it seems more like a "Hey, we've talked about this stuff and you were for it--don't forget about it" sort of piece.


I'm concerned that all of the drive and progress toward aid, debt relief, etc. will fall by the wayside as long as the global economy continues to tank. I'm worried that people will look out only for their own pocketbooks and that providing aid, education, and infrastructure for others is a wonderful means for protecting one's own economic and national security.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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I wonder if Obama will listen to this person.

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Old 11-08-2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Well said by Bono once again. Hope Obama's ears were open!
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:54 PM   #6
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I wonder if Obama will listen to this person.

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I think it's rather hard to ignore Bono, especially if you're the president.

Nice try, though.

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I think it's rather hard to ignore Bono, especially if you're the president.
I'd think it would be pretty easy, actually.

Sort of like how the Canadian PM told him to basically take a hike.
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I wonder if Obama will listen to this person.

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This is a bit off the subject, but the woman who uploaded that has taken some remarkable photos. Well worth browsing through her Flickr page.
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Kind of an odd piece of writing, though I guess it seems more like a "Hey, we've talked about this stuff and you were for it--don't forget about it" sort of piece.


I'm concerned that all of the drive and progress toward aid, debt relief, etc. will fall by the wayside as long as the global economy continues to tank. I'm worried that people will look out only for their own pocketbooks and that providing aid, education, and infrastructure for others is a wonderful means for protecting one's own economic and national security.
Bono is probably the least of Obama's concerns right now, asking for money right now isn't likely to get a huge positive response with so many other pressing issues at hand.
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Ya, saving the US economy is issue 1 on his agenda because doing so saves the rest of the world. We are all connected.
I know that President Obama will do right by the rest of the world, as much as financial limitations allow, but there are so many issues here at home that need to be addressed first.
As a proud member of the ONE Campaign I would gladly tell Bono to take a number and get in line. In the most loving way possible ofcourse and I think Bono understands that. It's like an emergency on an airplane.....when you are a parent with small children, you must take care of yourself and your oxygen first otherwise, you can't help your children or anyone at all.
Makes sense to me. But, yes ofcourse President Obama ( love saying that) has the best interest of Africa and the world at heart. I know this to be true in my gut. His conscience and spirit are totally there, the money will follow.
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Bono is probably the least of Obama's concerns right now, asking for money right now isn't likely to get a huge positive response with so many other pressing issues at hand.
Maybe so, but I've yet to underestimate Barack Obama, and I've yet to underestimate Bono's ability to keep reminding him what's at stake.
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Maybe so, but I've yet to underestimate Barack Obama, and I've yet to underestimate Bono's ability to keep reminding him what's at stake.
I haven't seen Obama govern yet, I just hope he gives Bono the appropriate priority.....
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I haven't seen Obama govern yet, I just hope he gives Bono the appropriate priority.....
I'm going to agree, probably not to popular support around here.
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^ I also fear that it will be difficult for Bono in times like these, but I hope his issues won't be forgotten.
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Bono's letter should have been addressed to "President-Elect Obama". The new Presidency does not *officially* begin until inauguration Jan 20th.

I read Jim Wallis' book "God's Politics: How the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," and I would recommend it highly. An excellent read.
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