Bush posts photo with Bono: He’s ‘the real deal’
Former President George W. Bush posted a photo Friday calling singer Bono the “real deal” after discussing their “shared commitment to saving lives in Africa.”
“Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice,” Bush wrote about the famous lead vocalist for the rock band U2.
Bono met with Bush and his wife Laura at their Texas ranch where they discussed their advocacy efforts to combat disease and poverty in Africa through programs like the Bush Center, One Campaign and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Since leaving office, the Bush Institute has worked to globally combat cancer strains that specifically affect women, like cervical cancer, through the affiliated group Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.
Bush’s administration also launched PEPFAR, the AIDS relief program in 2003, in order “to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic that threatened to wipe out an entire generation on the continent of Africa.”
“Nearly 15 years later, the program has achieved remarkable results in the fight against disease,” Bush wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last month, where he urged that it remain fully funded because “nearly 12 million lives have been saved.”
Bush said PEPFAR, which works alongside Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, is “critical” to the efforts of screening women for early signs of cancer, vaccinating them against human papillomavirus (HPV) that can lead to cancer, as well as training health workers.
Bono is a co-founder of ONE, which describes itself on its website as “a global campaign and advocacy organization with more than 7 million members committed to taking action to end extreme poverty.”
-Updated: Saturday, 7:17 a.m.