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Bono to get leadership award from Bush Center

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Former President George W. Bush’s bromance with Bono appears to be going strong, with the Bush Center announcing that the U2 front man will receive a first-of-its-kind award.

Bono, the 57-year-old co-founder of the ONE campaign, will be honored with the inaugural George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership next April, the center announced Friday.

The performer is being recognized for his “humanitarian contributions in the area of poverty and preventable disease, particularly among the world’s most vulnerable populations,” according to a news release.


“Bono’s passion for ending poverty and disease is the real deal. He uses his celebrity not for personal gain, but to improve and save lives,” Bush said in a statement.

The award is scheduled to be presented at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas during a three-day leadership forum.

It’s far from the first time the unlikely pair has teamed up.

Bush, 71, said Bono had a “huge heart and a selfless soul” in a May tweet, sharing a photo of him and the Irish-born, politically active music star smiling for a snapshot at the ex-commander in chief’s Texas ranch.

The two had met to discuss their advocacy efforts combating disease and poverty through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the ONE Campaign and the Bush Center.


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