Hook ’em Bono

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Bono was in town last night here in Dallas.  Too bad his schedule was pretty packed, he couldn’t even stop by the house for a visit.

I was actually surprised he wore a tie, black coat and yellow tie actually.  The only other time I saw him wear a tie was at his father’s funeral.  He didn’t even wear a tie in the Oval Office.  This is what he had to say about that:

“I don’t wear ties for politicians, but I wear them for the people of Texas,” he said.

Here are some snipits from a Dallas Morning News article about his visit, you can also read the whole article here if you are interested.

The singer joked that Dallas had humbled him in the past, noting that his first show here in 1981 drew about 30 people and was double-billed with a wet T-shirt contest.

“Africa is a continent bursting into flames,” he said.

Mixing comedy with compassion, Bono spoke about the issues he has devoted his time, his influence and his money to. He described his first trips to Africa in the 1980s, recounting the day that a man asked him to save his child by taking the baby back to Ireland.

“In that moment, I think I started this journey,” Bono said. “In that moment, I became the worst thing of all — a rock star with a cause.”

The Irishman warned that chaotic, war-torn countries in Africa could become havens for terrorists. Poverty breeds despair and violence, he said.

“In turbulent times, isn’t it cheaper to make friends out of potential enemies than to defend yourself against them later?” he said. “A better world happens to be a safer one as well.”

He likened foreign assistance to tithing, urging the U.S. government to devote an additional one percent of the federal budget to the poor. Foreign aid is “not about charity—it’s about justice,” he said.

“Paint (the drugs) red, white and blue. Just get them out there,” he said. “We can transform the globe if we have the will.”

 For more about his cause, visiit One.org or Data.org.

 

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