Skip to comments.Bono Discusses World's Poor With Bush
Posted on 10/20/2005 5:28:58 AM PDT by brwnsuga
Before getting on stage before his fans in a Wednesday night concert, U2 frontman Bono bent President Bush's ear about the world's poor.
The rock star and the president had lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office, ordering from the menu at the same mess hall where White House staffers get their lunch. Bush, dressed in the classic presidential uniform of suit and red tie, also showed Bono, dressed in his trademark black jeans and sunglasses, around the Oval Office.
Bono told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview before they dined that he had no fear of meeting Bush or any other world leader.
"They should be afraid, because they will be held accountable for what happened on their watch," Bono told the magazine for an article on newsstands Friday. "I'm representing the poorest and the most vulnerable people. On a spiritual level, I have that with me. I'm throwing a punch, and the fist belongs to people who can't be in the room, whose rage, whose anger, whose hurt I represent.
"The moral force is way beyond mine, it's an argument that has much more weight than I have. So I'm not feeling nervous."
Over an hour and 40 minute meeting, Bono and Bush discussed debt relief, AIDS, malaria and world trade, said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. McClellan said they also talked about the concerts that U2 was preparing to put on at Washington's MCI Center Wednesday and Thursday night.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Bono heaped praise on Bush for providing $15 billion to help fight AIDS in Africa, money that is helping pay for anti-retroviral drugs. He said he was disappointed that Bush and Congress had cut the Millennium Challenge program that gives foreign aid to countries that pursue political, economic and human rights reforms, but he'll keep pushing them to fund the full amount that the president promised.
Bono said he is "capable of having a row" if he doesn't get what he wants. He said he once criticized Bush for not getting the Millennium Challenge money out quick enough and was rebuked for it.
"One senator threw a newspaper at me in a meeting. 'How dare you disrespect the president of the United States!'" Bono told the magazine.
Bono said he doesn't support any president from the left or the right, but he has a hard time criticizing Bush after he has sent the money to Africa. He said he's made it clear that he doesn't support the war in Iraq, but he doesn't campaign against it because his main priority is helping the poor and disadvantaged.
"I work for them," Bono said. "If me not shooting my mouth off about the war in Iraq is the price I pay, then I'm prepared to pay it."
But, he added, "I'm a big-mouthed Irish rock star. Of course it frustrates me."
Lazamataz is the name of his Big Piddle.
"On a spiritual level, I have that with me."
What in the world is that supposed to mean?
got this in the mail:
Postcard received this week:
pic of 7 men in a city holding big banner:
to fight global poverty and AIDS
Bono from U2 is in the pic
an effort to rally Americans ONE by ONE to fight aids, poverty hunger in the world's poorest countries
Bono and Bread for the World helping lead a coalition of churches (hello!) businesses and nonprofit groups that are working together to persuade pres. Bush and Congress to direst and additional 1 % of our national budget to providing people in developing countries with the tools and resources they need to overcome hunger poverty and disease.
can one person make a difference? absolutely! sign the ONE declaration today!
verse: There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,. Eph4:4
Bread for the World: seeking justice, ending hunger.
My response back to them included this:
"the bible verse quoted on the postcard, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling." Eph. 4:4. This verse is written to believers in Jesus Christ about our relation to other believers in Jesus Christ. "One body" means all the people who are followers of Jesus Christ and belong to Him by faith through His blood He shed for our sins. In other words, "all the people who are in the body of Christ": people who are redeemed by Christ; the true church. The Spirit is the Spirit of the God of the bible. This verse is misapplied in your organization, because the entire world is not the one body. We are not all ONE. The world is divided into those who are in the body of Christ and those who do not. We preach the gospel to everyone in the world, and everyone must decide if they want to repent and believe the gospel or not. You are either saved by God's grace or you are not. Each person must choose. God is loving and merciful to offer this salvation to the world. But we are not all one. "
It just bugs me when people try to get away with misinterpreting and misapplying scripture, in order to promote some false idea.
Talk about a Messianic complex.
Leni, the reaching out thing is going to work. I just know it. We need to give it a little bit more time.
When we go to meet our Maker, we,ll find out who pleased God more. Until then, we can't judge Bono, we can only judge ourselves.