Rock Star Bono Praises Bush for AIDS Plans
July 8, 2003
Rock star Bono on Monday offered both high praise for George W. Bush, as the president prepared to leave for Africa, and a pointed message to Congress. "This is not just about Africa. It's about America and what Americans want their country to be," Bono said from Dublin in a telephone interview. "This is the defining moment of our generation. Fifty years from now people will be asking, 'Did you really let millions die while you had the medicines you could easily distribute?'" In Washington this week, Congress is expected to debate whether to reduce plans to allocate about $4.3 billion in combined AIDS and trade support for Africa that Bush proposed for 2004. Bono said he remains concerned that -- despite approving Bush's overall $15 billion spending plan in May -- Congress will delay allocating the money, which in turn would slow any progress hoped for in Africa. "I believe the president is serious in his commitment to put America out front in a way that hasn't been done before," Bono said. "But we're watching the process and we're not fooled by photo ops. It's not the check-signing that impresses, it's the check cashed."Adapted from:
07.08.03; Tim Bonfield
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