George W. Bush presents Bono with distinguished leadership award
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Former President George W. Bush presented Bono with an award from distinguished leadership on Thursday at his presidential center.

It's the first award presented by the George W. Bush Presidential Center for people who have changed the world in some way.


The award was presented to Bono for the U2 frontman's work against global poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to a report by The Associated Press.

“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 announcing the award last year.

During his acceptance speech, Bono praised U.S. lawmakers for providing funding to deal with the AIDS crisis.

But he also warned that the Trump administration its "talking about turning back," according to the AP.