Subheadline: Bono: ‘Rock star preaches capitalism, wow, sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it’
U2 lead singer Bono praised former President George W. Bush for creating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and said former President Bill Clinton is “more of a rock star” than himself.
He also stressed the benefits of capitalism in his remarks delivered at Georgetown University.
“If George Bush was here — I know his daughter Barbara is here — I would get Matt Damon to kiss him on the lips and I would give him a more sort of Irish macho handshake kind of a thing,” Bono said at the event hosted by the Georgetown McDonough Global Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with Bank of America.
“It’s incredible, it’s incredible what George Bush’s — President Bush’s — name is in the history books. His name is in the front foreword of a book that’s written on the end of AIDS.”
If Bill Clinton was there, Bono said he would get him to “make the speech” since “he is just more of a rock star than I’ll ever be.”
Bono then broke into his own impression of Clinton.
The Grammy-award winner and co-founder of the non-profit ONE campaign also told the audience that Africa needs capitalism, not just foreign aid.
“Rock star preaches capitalism. Wow, sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it but commerce is real… aid is just a stopgap,” Bono said. “Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid, of course. We know that. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”
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