(10-22-2005) Bono mixes irony with honor at Penn - Phila. Inquirer* - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > 'Zine (archived) > U2 News
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-22-2005, 09:53 AM   #1
ONE
love, blood, life
 
HelloAngel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: new york city
Posts: 14,534
Local Time: 04:35 PM
(10-22-2005) Bono mixes irony with honor at Penn - Phila. Inquirer*

Bono mixes irony with honor at Penn


By Frederick Cusick



Irish rocker Bono drew laughter from an audience at the University of Pennsylvania last night as he tried to diplomatically describe a discussion he had Wednesday with President Bush about aid to Africa.

Bono, an advocate for African aid for more than two decades, broke up the audience of World Affairs Council members in the cavernous Irvine Auditorium as he appeared to struggle to find a nonjudgmental way of saying he had been surprised Bush knew so much about the negative effects of American trade on Africa.

Bono backed away from using the word surprised, and also backed away from saying he was "delighted" by the level of the President's knowledge.

Finally he said he thought Bush was much better briefed about the trade problem than he was.

Trade policies, which prevent African farmers from selling their products on the world markets, are part of the developed world's "corruption" that has fed poverty and disease in Africa, Bono said.

Several hundred World Affairs Council members applauded the U2 front man, whose real name is Paul Hewson, and then went to Penn's museum for a reception and dinner.

They also awarded Bono, who wore his trademark shades and a dark jacket with even darker shirt and contrasting light-colored tie, the organization's International Statesman Award.

Bono noted that a combination of ACTUP, the gay advocacy group, and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.), who has been attacked for making allegedly anti-gay remarks, had helped get additional AIDS funding for Africa.

"If they can work together on this," Bono said, "so can we all."

Speaking of the AIDS problem in Africa, Bono pointed to the moral burden it imposed on residents of the developed world. "It would be so much easier if it was unsolvable, but it's not," he said. "It's immensely doable."

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/n...a/12968905.htm
__________________

HelloAngel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 04:30 AM   #2
Blue Crack Overdose
Get me off the internetz!
 
Carek1230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: wishing I was somewhere else....
Posts: 125,647
Local Time: 01:35 PM
Anyone on the boards here who attended this shindig? I'd love to hear a firsthand account!
__________________

Carek1230 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2005, 07:14 PM   #3
Babyface
 
Vequelliel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Zooropa, in a lemon
Posts: 25
Local Time: 08:35 PM
I wish I could have gone. But tickets were so expensive! And I had my own concert tickets to pay I'd also love to see any pictures or hear stories from it. Im sure it was incredible.
Vequelliel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com
×