Skip to comments.Bono May Make Short List for World Bank
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.
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?
Has the world gone insane? A musician to head up the World Bank. Now I've seen everything.
It's a sure sign of the apocalypse.
I get the feeling that the Bush administration doesn't like the World Bank very much...
Why not a musician? MTV is where I get my political news. Doesn't everyone? /sarcasm
If not, then fire Treasury Secretary Snow. (What is it with this position?)
The world is coming to an end.
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.
What is Scrapple Face doing hacking AP? Now they've gone too far.
He should start by lowering his concert prices so I have more money to donate to the poor.
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
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!!!
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?
And Jesse Helms is also a good friend of Bono. Therefore, Jesse Helms believes that Castro is "a source of inspiration to the world"?
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.
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."
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.
I thought he meant Mary Bono at first. LOL
Peter McPherson is probably the most qualified of those mentioned.
Maybe the World Bank is trying to get U2 to play a concert on their roof?
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.
The guy can't even count to four (in spanish anyway).
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".
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.
and at least he wears super-cool sunglasses
Let's see Bono explain how a revenue bond works. Or an interest-only strip. Or give a concise description of the term "tranche."
Hell with revenue bonds, let's start with the basics, payables vs. receivables, does he know the difference?? LMAO!
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.
Aww darn, I was hoping they would send Carly Fiorina in there to wreck the place.
I have a feeling that they don't like the people who pay the bills.
Let's make Bono the head of the World Bank and we can bring back Paul O'Neill to head the Treasury.
Or a rapist..............
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.
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! ;-)
At least that job would keep him out of recording studios.
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).
is this from the ap division of the onion?
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?
I think I'm going to be sick.
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.
3. Are his sunglasses soldered to his head?
"I don't think I could live with the pay cut or moving to a smaller house."
Bono in 1990 about being a politician
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