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Bono May Make Short List for World Bank
AP ^ | 03/06/05

Posted on 03/06/2005 9:28:08 AM PST by nypokerface

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary John Snow on Sunday would not rule out the idea of Irish singer Bono, an activist on debt relief and AIDS, making the short list of potential candidates to lead the World Bank even though an American is expected to get the job.

"He's somebody I admire. He does a lot of good in this world of economic development," Snow said.

"Most people know him as a rock star. He's in a way a rock star of the development world, too. He understands the give-and-take of development. He's a very pragmatic, effective and idealistic person," Snow said.

Snow is part of the Bush administration team working on finding a successor to James Wolfensohn, who is stepping down as head of the development bank on June 1.

Asked whether the Irish singer would make the short list of candidates that Snow is preparing for President Bush, the secretary said: "I am not going to review here all the candidates that are on the list. But I will attest to my admiration for Bono."

Bono toured Africa with Snow's predecessor, Paul O'Neill, who focused a lot of attention during his time at the Treasury on poverty and diseases such as AIDS in Africa.

Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for international social justice efforts that include trying to persuade rich nations to relieve the debt of poor nations.

Another candidate who has surfaced is Carly Fiorina, the recently ousted chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co.

"She's also a friend and somebody I think well of," Snow told ABC's "This Week." But, he added, "I think we're going to have to wait to reveal that next president of the World Bank for a little while."

The administration began the search for Wolfensohn's successor in early January and said it would talk to other countries that belong to the 184-nation World Bank. The administration wants to name a replacement before Wolfensohn's term ends.

The United States is the World Bank's largest member nation. The bank traditionally has had an American president.

"I fully expect that to be the case, yes, and so do the G-7 (Group of Seven) finance ministers and all of the participants in the process," Snow said. "I've had any number of calls from finance ministers from around the world saying they want it to be an American."

The bank's sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, traditionally has been headed by a European.

Other names floated for the World Bank job include: John Taylor, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for international affairs; Peter McPherson, the former head of Michigan State University who served as Bush's point man on rebuilding Iraq's financial system; Randall Tobias, Bush's global AIDS coordinator; and Christine Todd Whitman, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency.


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1 posted on 03/06/2005 9:28:09 AM PST by nypokerface
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To: nypokerface

Here are my questions regarding Mr. Bono:

1. What is his highest level of education completed?

2. Will he be willing to bathe regularly if he is given this job?


2 posted on 03/06/2005 9:31:16 AM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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To: nypokerface

Has the world gone insane? A musician to head up the World Bank. Now I've seen everything.


3 posted on 03/06/2005 9:31:44 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: nypokerface

It's a sure sign of the apocalypse.


4 posted on 03/06/2005 9:32:10 AM PST by Arkie2
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To: nypokerface
Carly Fiorina, who destroyed Lucent and HP. Bono, aging hippy-dippy rock star.

I get the feeling that the Bush administration doesn't like the World Bank very much...

5 posted on 03/06/2005 9:33:14 AM PST by ikka
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To: VictoryGal

Why not a musician? MTV is where I get my political news. Doesn't everyone? /sarcasm


6 posted on 03/06/2005 9:33:23 AM PST by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: nypokerface
This is a joke right?

If not, then fire Treasury Secretary Snow. (What is it with this position?)

7 posted on 03/06/2005 9:34:51 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: nypokerface

The world is coming to an end.


8 posted on 03/06/2005 9:36:16 AM PST by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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To: nypokerface
Is John Snow a complete moron?
Bono is a Socialist and also someone who has no idea how the Financial Markets work and is completely unqualified to head the World Bank. Although as far as I am concerned the World Bank and the IMF do a lot more harm than good.
If it was up to Bono he would forgive every 3rd world countries debt and who knows what else.
Snow needs to go and has been a horrible Treasury Secretary.
Can't we replace him with Larry Kudlow?
9 posted on 03/06/2005 9:37:53 AM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: VictoryGal
"Has the world gone insane? A musician to head up the World Bank. Now I've seen everything."

And a fired CEO who left with millions in 'Get Lost' payments as another candidate. Clinton touted as UN Sec General and his wife touted as US President. The Elites have gotten to the point where they don't even have to hide their schemes, they have no fear.To answer your question - Yes, the World has gone insane.

10 posted on 03/06/2005 9:38:31 AM PST by drt1
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To: DoctorMichael

What is Scrapple Face doing hacking AP? Now they've gone too far.


11 posted on 03/06/2005 9:40:45 AM PST by DManA
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To: nypokerface

He should start by lowering his concert prices so I have more money to donate to the poor.


12 posted on 03/06/2005 9:41:25 AM PST by Afronaut (Press two for English.)
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To: nypokerface

yeah,...and Bono can have Soupy Sales as his personal muse/confidant,......."paging Dr. Howard ,Dr. Fine ,Dr. Howard..." [the Three Stooges] let's see has Bono handled all of U2's finances?? hmmm


13 posted on 03/06/2005 9:46:40 AM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: nypokerface
Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for international social justice efforts that include trying to persuade rich nations to relieve the debt of poor nations.

How is this related to peace? Instead of constantly putting the pressure on the United States to throw money to warlords, tyrants and corrupt a-holes, why doesn`t he put pressure on the warlords, tyrants and the a-holes to get their sh-t together? Oh but that`s too dangerous. Let`s see him go to Kim Jong Il and tell the "Emperor" to get his mini butt off his high horse and stop starving his people, or tell Castro to free his people and stop killing the ones who try to escape. Oh but that`s right, you can`t put any pressure on animals the left worships. "How dare Bush say Mr. Jong Il is in the axis of evil!"

If Bono wants to do any good as an entertainer, he should tell the left that infects his buisiness to stop supporting these animals. I mean how many people from Hollywood and the music biz have gone to Cuba now to worship Castro?? You could practically name just about anyone who is anyone in Hollywood. Speilberg, Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Sidney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Shirley MacLaine, Alanis Morissette, Leonardo DiCaprio,even the freggin` dingbat models go over there to worship that animal, Kate Moss and that other cocaine junkie Naomi Cambell who declared "Castro was a source of inspiration to the world". Naomi Cambell who is a good friend of BONO!!!

14 posted on 03/06/2005 9:51:10 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: nypokerface
He does a lot of good in this world of economic development," Snow said

Ah, how? By screaming at America to more & more & more? I don't recall hearing about Boner giving up HIS money. Or, am I wrong?

15 posted on 03/06/2005 9:53:21 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver
that other cocaine junkie Naomi Cambell who declared "Castro was a source of inspiration to the world". Naomi Cambell who is a good friend of BONO!!!

And Jesse Helms is also a good friend of Bono. Therefore, Jesse Helms believes that Castro is "a source of inspiration to the world"?

16 posted on 03/06/2005 9:54:31 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew http://books.lulu.com/lipsig)
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To: nypokerface

What the heck, I'll come out in favor of it. For one, seriously nominating Bono (or Carla) pretty much confirms to me that the position is useless. Second, either he will surprise me and do something good, or really mess up the world bank, and we can cut our participation in it.


17 posted on 03/06/2005 10:00:38 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

I`m just saying if he wants to do some good, he should tell his buddies to stop supporting these animals and promote that instead of constantly asking for cash to make these animals rich, because that`s all he`s doing. He`s not relieving ANY debt. He`s taking money from the United States and putting it straight into the pockets of these a-holes. Supporting terrorism, Communism, tyranny, warlords, that`s all you ever hear and get from Hollywood and the music biz, they are promoted relentlessly, yet the ones who hate Castro, the ones who know the horror of Communism are never given any platform whatsoever, they are completely shut out from the media. Gloria Estefan for example...

"Singer Gloria Estefan is another Cuban refugee who feels frustrated that people don't understand the Castro government. Estefan fled the communist nation when she was two years old.

"People don't have a lot of information, and when they ask me about it, I tell them about the drama of exiles, the repression, the firing squads, the horror of communism," she told Exito Online in 1997.

"My whole family paid a heavy price for freedom. My father not only fought in the Bay of Pigs, he volunteered to fight in Vietnam. He fought for these same freedoms," Estefan said.

"How could I forget that Fidel Castro was the person who did me so much harm?" she asked."


18 posted on 03/06/2005 10:03:01 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: nypokerface
Why not David Lee Roth? Or Sting? Or hell, I hear Barbara Streisand is a cheapskate, doesn't she qualify?

I mean, as long as we're considering brain-dead rock stars, let's keep an open mind to the wide field of candidates.

Personally I'd suggest Kurt Cobain. He's already dead and would likely do the least amount of damage.

19 posted on 03/06/2005 10:05:57 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: nypokerface

I thought he meant Mary Bono at first. LOL


20 posted on 03/06/2005 10:08:16 AM PST by No Dems 2004
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To: nypokerface
The sad part is that Bono is NOT the least qualified person mentioned. (Carly Fiorina)

Peter McPherson is probably the most qualified of those mentioned.

21 posted on 03/06/2005 10:08:58 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (Living in the reddest county in East Michigan)
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To: nypokerface

Maybe the World Bank is trying to get U2 to play a concert on their roof?


22 posted on 03/06/2005 10:11:23 AM PST by Semper Paratus (:)
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To: Imaverygooddriver
I`m just saying if he wants to do some good, he should tell his buddies to stop supporting these animals and promote that instead of constantly asking for cash to make these animals rich, because that`s all he`s doing. He`s not relieving ANY debt. He`s taking money from the United States and putting it straight into the pockets of these a-holes. Supporting terrorism, Communism, tyranny, warlords, that`s all you ever hear and get from Hollywood and the music biz, they are promoted relentlessly, yet the ones who hate Castro, the ones who know the horror of Communism are never given any platform whatsoever, they are completely shut out from the media. Gloria Estefan for example...

Point is, from what I've read, Bono has been several cuts above the normal entertainer turned political activist. He's done the hard reading, hard debating, and does a lot more than just show up and flaunt his support. For that matter he has praised President Bush as walking the walk with regard to the international AIDS crisis.

I'm not saying that Bono is the ideal candidate. However, he's shown he's serious about the issues, not just another star trying to look good. He's shown an ability to at least listen to, work with, and even praise those on the right, while maintaining his credentials with the left.

Political beliefs aside, I think he is as qualified to be head of the World Bank as Ronald Reagan was to be governor of California in 1966: A man who made his name as an entertainer, but did his homework to become a legitimate politician. Bone would be an unconventional appointment, but I think the idea deserves more than to be laughed at. He is uniquely qualified to get the left and right talking to each other and Bush could do a lot worse.

23 posted on 03/06/2005 10:23:35 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew http://books.lulu.com/lipsig)
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To: nypokerface

The guy can't even count to four (in spanish anyway).


24 posted on 03/06/2005 10:28:46 AM PST by fhayek
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To: nypokerface
Wait a minute.... this is actually a GREAT IDEA.

Get a liberal yapping idiot that doesn't know the diff between exchange rates and interest rates.... can't even explain a spread sheet... who has been spewing verbal sewage about "forgiving" debt and bad mouthing the US about policy... then make him RESPONSIBLE

he's a typical lib celebrity who shoots off his/her mouth but when they have to produce something that isn't scripted or written for them and then face the consequences of their actions... well guess what....boo frickin hoo.... that's why celebs tend to screw up in their personal lives.

In other words, call his bluff. Like giving the Palestinians their own "country" let them "run" it.

It really looks good to be the boss, until you're the boss and have to "make it work".

25 posted on 03/06/2005 10:34:10 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: fhayek
The guy can't even count to four (in spanish anyway).

uno, dos, tres, cuatorce

one, two, three, fourteen.... uh... OK.....

but if you look at it like the government does.... at least his "intentions" were good... so he's good to go.

26 posted on 03/06/2005 10:36:36 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Dick Vomer

and at least he wears super-cool sunglasses


27 posted on 03/06/2005 10:39:21 AM PST by Nate1984
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To: jocon307
My questions would be:

3. Are you going to run this like a bank, which has to be profitable in order to survive and not be bailed out by taxpayers, or like a huge stockpile of funds to be "leant" to third-world countries? "Leant" meaning, of course, given with no hopes of ever being paid back.

4. Are you going to end up giving that money to dictators who use it to bolster their dictatorship, oppress and starve their people, and then whine about how greedy the free-market based countries are?
28 posted on 03/06/2005 10:39:29 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

Let's see Bono explain how a revenue bond works. Or an interest-only strip. Or give a concise description of the term "tranche."


29 posted on 03/06/2005 10:53:11 AM PST by MoralSense
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To: MoralSense

Hell with revenue bonds, let's start with the basics, payables vs. receivables, does he know the difference?? LMAO!


30 posted on 03/06/2005 11:00:28 AM PST by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

I'd agree.

Bono does deserve more than a kneejerk reaction to his possible selcteion for the position.

It doesn't mean he is the best candidate, nor that he even has a good chance to receive the position, but certainly he's not the male equivalent of Garrolo.


31 posted on 03/06/2005 11:04:06 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: nypokerface

bttt


32 posted on 03/06/2005 11:09:08 AM PST by dennisw (Seeing as how this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world .........)
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To: nypokerface

Aww darn, I was hoping they would send Carly Fiorina in there to wreck the place.


33 posted on 03/06/2005 11:18:38 AM PST by Nick Danger (The only way out is through)
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To: ikka
Carly Fiorina, who destroyed Lucent and HP. Bono, aging hippy-dippy rock star. I get the feeling that the Bush administration doesn't like the World Bank very much...

I have a feeling that they don't like the people who pay the bills.

34 posted on 03/06/2005 11:36:43 AM PST by Moonman62 (Republican - The political party for the living.)
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To: nypokerface

Let's make Bono the head of the World Bank and we can bring back Paul O'Neill to head the Treasury.

35 posted on 03/06/2005 11:46:57 AM PST by Moonman62 (Republican - The political party for the living.)
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To: VictoryGal
A musician to head up the World Bank. Now I've seen everything.

Yeah, next thing you know an actor will become president
36 posted on 03/06/2005 11:51:17 AM PST by toadthesecond
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To: toadthesecond
Yeah, next thing you know an actor will become president

Or a rapist..............

37 posted on 03/06/2005 11:55:09 AM PST by Osage Orange (I'm a man, I can change, if I want to...Maybe.)
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To: drt1; OldFriend
"and Christie Todd Whitman"?

Oh goody. Now she'll get ot funnel billions of other people's money into her beloved wacky environmental causes. If they want a nutcase to head up the World Bank, maybe they could recruit Insane McCain.At least that would get him out of the Senate.

38 posted on 03/06/2005 12:06:52 PM PST by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: dennisw
Irish frontman of rock band U2 Bono smiles during his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton in this September 29, 2004 file photo. The Los Angeles Times devoted its lead editorial on February 25, 2005 to the proposition that Bono, 'should be named the next president of the World Bank.' 'Don't be fooled by the wraparound sunglasses and the excessive hipness, ' the paper said. 'Bono is deeply versed in the issues afflicting the least developed nations of the world.'  Picture taken September 29, 2004.  REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/Files

Maybe if he looses the shades
39 posted on 03/06/2005 12:08:07 PM PST by dennisw (Seeing as how this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world .........)
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To: nypokerface; Happygal; aculeus; slane; Irish_Thatcherite; Colosis; SomeguyfromIreland; ...
God help us!

He'd become even more insufferable!
40 posted on 03/06/2005 12:10:06 PM PST by Incorrigible (immanentizing the eschaton)
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To: Incorrigible

How many members of U2 does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one. Bono holds up the bulb, and the world revolves around him! ;-)


41 posted on 03/06/2005 12:12:41 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Incorrigible

At least that job would keep him out of recording studios.


42 posted on 03/06/2005 12:38:20 PM PST by aculeus (Ceci n'est pas une tag line.)
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To: Incorrigible
Insufferable is the word for Mr. Hewson.

My best friend actually got to know the band fairly well in the 80's. According to her Bono and the Edge are absolute pricks, the other two are fairly nice guys(probably due to the fact that they never acheived the same level of fame).

43 posted on 03/06/2005 6:41:39 PM PST by slane
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To: nypokerface

is this from the ap division of the onion?


44 posted on 03/06/2005 11:42:09 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Jacques Chirac and Kofi Annan, a pantomime horse in which both men are playing the rear end. M.Steyn)
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To: nypokerface

Well since they're being this open regarding applications, perhaps I should apply for the job. If appointed, I promise to foreclose on Syria's and Iran's debts and bring up their assets for public auction. Am I bid $50 for Assad's palace?

Regards, Ivan


45 posted on 03/06/2005 11:47:58 PM PST by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
If it was up to Bono he would forgive every 3rd world countries debt and who knows what else.

Bone-head has ALREADY suggested this! He's a preposterous, moronic, self-centered, egomaniacal, socialist busybody musician, for God's sake! Who would seriously suggest putting this boob in charge of ANYTHING?

Am I going maaaaaad, or is this really happening?
46 posted on 03/06/2005 11:58:01 PM PST by broadsword (You don't deal with a cancer by only dealing with the cells that are painful. Cut them ALL out!)
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To: nypokerface

I think I'm going to be sick.


47 posted on 03/07/2005 12:14:54 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Vince Ferrer

I'm with you. I would be ecstatic if the World Bank could be undermined through the election of a nitwit rock star as its leader.


48 posted on 03/07/2005 12:17:55 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: jocon307
1. What is his highest level of education completed?
2. Will he be willing to bathe regularly if he is given this job?

3. Are his sunglasses soldered to his head?

49 posted on 03/07/2005 12:18:02 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Bon mots

"I don't think I could live with the pay cut or moving to a smaller house."
Bono in 1990 about being a politician


50 posted on 03/07/2005 12:18:27 AM PST by Bon mots
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