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Bono's Week in Washington (and Rome)

@U2, November 19, 2012
By: Matt McGee / @mattmcgee


Bono was in the news a lot last week, mostly due to a "tour" of Washington, DC events where he was busy making the case for foreign aid to fight AIDS and poverty. Here's a recap of what yer man was doing while he was out and about.

Monday, November 12

Bono spoke at Georgetown University on humanitarian and social justice issues. You can watch his speech online. Afterward, he stayed on campus for dinner with a couple dozen business and political bigwigs.

Tuesday, November 13

Bono met with Vice President Joe Biden and other White House staff, plus Congressional leaders to discuss foreign aid funding.

Wednesday, November 14

Bono attended an event at the World Bank with its president, Jim Yong Kim, and urged US politicians not to cut foreign aid as they wrestle with budget problems. The Wall Street Journal has a video report on this event, complete with several really lame U2 song title puns by its reporters. And there's a dozen photos on Zimbio.

In the evening, Bono took part in Hero Summit, an event put on by Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast website. Bono interviewed a man he calls his hero: New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof. Photos of this are also on Zimbio.

Friday, November 16

Now in Rome, Bono and Ali took part in the IHT Luxury Conference to talk about their EDUN fashion brand. You can watch that on YouTube. There are also a couple dozen photos on Zimbio, and more on the conference website.

Bono also visited the Vatican to meet with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican's Justice and Peace Council. Vatican Radio has more on that.

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