Bono talks to Focus on the Family, aligns himself with evangelicals & Dubya

I’ve been sitting here debating with myself about a hypothetical. If I was approached by someone from Focus on the Family – an American political/Christian organization that is rabidly anti-gay and anti-choice – and asked to give an interview, would I do it? I probably would, just because I’m not afraid of a fight. That being said, I will throw shade on celebrities who decide to sit down with Focus on the Family for what amounts to evangelical/Republican propaganda. So it is with Bono. As you know, Bono was/is big with debt relief in Africa and AIDS research and treatment in developing countries. I have some significant issues with the way Bono applies and promotes his activism, but I do think his heart is in the right place. But still… I can’t believe he sat down for this Focus on the Family interview which sounds like a GOP testimonial.

U2 rocker and activist Bono opened up about his religion, politics and his charity work in a recent interview with Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, during which he praised former President George W. Bush for his work fighting AIDS in Africa.

Bono talked about the issue from a religious point of view, comparing it to leprosy, during the interview, which will be broadcast on Tuesday.

“I am here to thank the American people for that,” he said. “And I also want to thank the evangelical community for that, because it wouldn’t have happened without their leadership, because they, like myself, pestered George Bush and the administration, who actually deserve praise for starting this out.”

Bono also discussed his own religious beliefs more specifically, speaking openly about his faith. Growing up in Ireland with a Protestant mother and a Catholic father, Bono imitated C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity,” where Lewis argued that Jesus was a lunatic, liar or Lord.

“When people say ‘Good teacher,’ ‘Prophet,’ ‘Really nice guy,’ … this is not how Jesus thought of himself,” Bono said. “So, you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who he said he was or a complete and utter nut case.”

“I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God,” Bono said, according to a transcript obtained by the Religion News Service. “I understand that for some people and we need to … if I could be so bold, need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous.”

Bono also made comparisons between biblical characters and music.

“First of all, David’s a musician so I’m gonna like him,” Bono said. “What’s so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as they’re being gospel and songs of praise, they are also the Blues. It’s very important for Christians to be honest with God, which often, you know, God is much more interested in who you are than who you want to be.”

As Bono praised David’s “honest language with God,” Daly noted that “sometimes it gets you into hot water with the more orthodox folks, because they see you as edgy, maybe too edgy at times.”

Bono made an explicit connection between his faith and his work with the ONE Campaign, the humanitarian organization he founded to fight poverty and disease.

“It’s very annoying following this person of Christ around, because he’s very demanding of your life,” he said while chuckling. “You don’t have to go to university and do a Ph.D. to understand this stuff. You just go to the person of Christ.”

In his work on HIV/AIDS, malaria, poverty and other areas, Bono noted the challenge of finding the right issue to take on.

“We have a pastor who said to us, ‘Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing, Bono.’ Which by the way, I constantly do. He said, ‘Find out what God is doing, ’cause it’s already blessed,’” Bono said. “And when you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens to your life. You’re in alignment.”

Daly said that he expects there may be some backlash over his decision to interview the rock icon, the Religious News Service reported.

“Does he use a bad word here and there? Yeah, probably. Does he have a Guinness every now and then? Yeah, probably,” Daly said. “When you look at it before the throne of God, I think (God will) say, ‘You saved so many children.’”

Still, Daly said he felt interviewing Bono was the right thing to do because the singer is clearly very focused on his faith.

“Bono clearly accepts Jesus as Lord. I wasn’t prepared for his quickness in inserting Scripture into the dialogue,” Daly said. “I celebrate with them that they have four children and have been married 30 years. Not everyone in the Christian community can say that.”

[From HuffPo and Fox News]

I imagine it’s probably to Bono’s credit that he can walk into a meeting with a man of God and a secular politician and be able to passionately convince both to work with him. That is admirable and praiseworthy. And hey, it’s Bono’s real faith – I don’t believe it’s for show, it’s not an act he’s putting on to get what he wants or to apologize for doing something wrong. He’s a man of faith, that is a given. I half-admire his ability to move in the Focus on the Family world with such ease. But… I also think that aligning the evangelicals with the African AIDS crisis is a lopsided reaction to a major health catastrophe – the Christian community wants HIV/AIDS treatment, and God bless them for that. But some secular people need to come in and start realistically talking about family planning, birth control and condoms too. Treatment is great – and so is HIV prevention.

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  1. lambchops says:

    Bono, dude, I used to LOVE you. Then you went around the world telling us all how we need to pay attention to those in need while you are not even paying your fair share of taxes in Ireland. Go pay your own taxes!!

    • Jag says:


      Not only that, if you look at the actual donations given to the causes from his various charities, the donation acceptance to payout rate is abysmal! Very similar to how Madonna was accepting so much money to build her girls’ school and then wasn’t doing anything at all. And how Brad Pitt was raising money to rebuild New Orleans but they only built a few strange designer homes. And last but not least, how Oprah was doing her Angel home neighborhoods and was acting like it was her money, when in reality it was the donations given that made any of it happen at all.

      • Thiajoka says:

        Exactly! Glad to read others realize this.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I am not fond of any of their charitable activities either but none of them are as annoying and self-serving and sanctimonious as Saint Bono.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I used to be the biggest Bono/U2 fan but he lost me in the early mid-2000s with he constant proselytising. I never quite figured out how much of his *own* money he was donating to all his causes and then the shizz about the taxes hit the fan. Shut up and sing already… although after the last CD, I am not sure I want that either. It was so bad that for the first time since I was 14 (I’m 44) I chose NOT to buy tickets for a U2 tour.

      I know Bono has always had Catholic/Christian tendencies, I’m a not very strict Social Justice Catholic myself and I see Focus on the Family as the enemy of any one seeking Social Justice and equal rights, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Atheist or whatever.

      Bono has not only jumped the shark, he’s been bitten.

  2. MrsB says:

    I wouldn’t say he’s aligning with anybody. I don’t really understand why he’s being criticized for trying to raise awareness for charity? Just because he does an interview with somebody doesn’t equate to agreeing with everything they believe

    • CandyKay says:

      I agree. I read the excerpt and couldn’t really find anything to object to.

    • NerdMomma says:

      I also agree. The only thing I could find that made me roll my eyes was the line, “He has a Guinness now and then” as if it were a count against him. Jesus made water into wine. There’s no incompatibility between drinking alcohol and being a Christian.

      However, there is an incompatibility between judging/hating and being a Christian, so Focus on the Family is not what I think of as “Christian,” and it’s sad for Christians everywhere that they call themselves that.

    • Vine says:

      I agree also. I think finding common ground is a good thing. Religious organizations are the largest charity organizations in the world. And they are not one monolithic group that have the exact same teachings on all social issues.

      • Stefanie says:

        So you guys would then be okay if he sat down and gave a polite interview to the KKK if they were trying to, say, raise funds for tornado victims? It’s great that FotF wants to cure AIDS (which, actually they don’t because if you read through any of say, Tony Perkins things, they believe AIDS is a gay issue and punishment basically), but FotF has done so much damage to the LGBT community and has been so disingenuous about their true colors – that they are anti gay, not “pro gamily” – I wouldn’t give a dime to them or Bono on something like this. It’s like saying “oh, it’s cool that they hate black people and want to reestablish segregated schools, they’re raising money for flood victims”. There are better charities to give to AIDS research. Not one who uses some of those funds to pay people to demonize gay people.

  3. mkyarwood says:

    Goodbye, Bono. You’ve made The Deal, whatever that is, and are attempting to ride out your boomerhood with lots and lots and lots of money. That means Jaysus!

    • Zinjojo says:


      Not to mention, U2 really lost me when The Edge started fighting Malibu to build out in an ecologically sensitive area. F-ing hypocrites.

  4. Kelly says:

    There’s defintely a lot to say about how he promotes his activism…. Has anybody read “Dead Aid” by Dambisa Moyo? It gives a nice insight on the aid system and how it doesn’t always work.

    • Faye says:

      I was just going to mention this book! A really excellent work and perspective on this issue.

  5. LadyMTL says:

    I have been a huge U2 fan for years now (20, at least) but yeah, Bono can get on my last nerve. I have no problem with his faith or his openly embracing it but sometimes he can be way too much.

  6. TG says:

    U2 is my all time favorite band so I didn’t read the excerpt beyond the first paragraph. I don’t want to know his religion or how he feels about Jesus.

    • Jules says:

      Then you really never listened to the lyrics to the Joshua Tree, have you?

      • grabbyhands says:

        Or any of their early stuff.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Very true. I’m a huge U2 fan from way back, and most of their songs are about faith and religion. “Gloria, in te domine, Gloria exultate”….yep, pretty blatant there.
        Bono, Edge and Larry Mullen attended prayer groups together during the early days of the band, and he has been open about his strong faith. War, Boy and Joshua Tree are all extremely religious, while Unforgettable Fire largely deals with herion addiction and racial prejudice.

    • Kim says:

      How can they be your favorite band when they sing about Jesus alot? This is one band where you cant seperate the music from their religion because many of their songs are about Jesus.

      • Thiajoka says:

        Not true. I’m not religious, but I still appreciate the emotions involved in spirituality. Some of the Psalms are beautifully written and are very touchingly heartfelt. So with earlier U2 songs. And I haven’t been a fan for a while.

        I love Christmas even though I’m an atheist–and I mean the religious carols as well. I even let a lab tech pray aloud for me today before I had a test I was slightly frightened of waiting for me after I left the lab. It’s possible to respect spirituality, even be interested in it, without really having it yourself.

  7. K says:

    Look, anyone who has really LISTENED to a good chunk of U2’s music understands that there is a REALLY large Catholic/Christian theme to it. Bono believes strongly in social justice–the strain of social justice that popped out of the Catholic Church post-Vatican II and which, btw, is very unpopular with certain people in the Vatican. He didn’t align himself with anyone new.

    What would make this better? If he had talked to Maryknoll instead?

    • ZenB!tch says:

      Considering that as an American, left-leaning, anti-Paul Ryan Catholic, I see Focus on the Family and Evangelicals as the enemy who believe we (both social justice and Ryan Catholics) are the anti-Christ, YES.I.HAVE.A.PROBLEM.WITH.FOCUS.ON.THE.FAMILY. A *huge* one.

      I was a U2 fan for at least 20 years, I went to every concert from 1983 to 2005ish (the second to last tour) but he lost me and a lot of other people with his two-faced BS

  8. MsAubra says:

    Thing is, these celebs and musicians are basically reminding you that their normal everyday people when their religious/political affiliations are made known wether you want to know about them or not. We don’t have to like or agree with them, but the fact that someone can get so turned off to any kind of degree when their views aren’t shown to be so extreme proves that there are alot of people who put them above being normal

  9. Post-It's says:

    I have been a huge U2 fan for years and this is no surprise to me. He, and the other members of the band, have always been very open about their faith. In the 80s, it created some friction with Adam Clayton, since he’s the only one who isn’t that religious, and he had a hard time dealing with the bible studies they had on the tour bus. Bono has also reached to both conservatives and liberals on the fight against AIDS(which has also ruffled some feather with the rest of the band because of the political figures he aligns himself with). This is just how he his.

  10. poppy says:

    never been a fan but he’s always been a christian. he didn’t play it up for a while (most people are turned off by preaching) but the references are there from the very first U2 album.
    if you’re to believe the louis vuitton campaign, he’s always been a bit hypocritical, carrying a couple of thousand dollars bag while caring for the downtrodden.

  11. Faye says:

    I’m not going to comment on who he gave the interview to. But I don’t see him as being a spokesperson for the Republican party because he mentioned one thing Bush did that he liked — it was the truth. Bush gave billions to Africa, and really worked to implement anti-HIV and -AIDS programs, and got zero credit for it.

    • Bernice says:

      Exactly! He didn’t whole heartily embrace anything here. He specified an area of real achievement and acknowledged it.

    • SLM says:

      Yeah, that bit about GOP support is just hyping the interview.

  12. Bernice says:

    I read a bit about Bono and one of his areas of real ability in my mind is to find areas of alignment with practically anyone. It is such a great strategy and our world would be so much better off if all people approached things that way. Ignore what you don’t agree on and act on what you do agree on. To find the common ground with those that oppose you or are your “enemy”. Ghandhi and Mandela also are masters at this.

    • princesslizabeth says:


      Absolutely. Everyone could take a lesson regarding finding middle ground. The world would indeed be a happier place if we did.

      • Sojourner says:

        Yes, both of you – thank you. I think people who want to treat evangelicals as pariahs only play into their hands (since they think they are persecuted by the cultural elite and other non-believers / have their rights curtailed by the government) and contribute to the polarization and thus the right-ward swing of half this country.

    • Nan says:

      + 1

  13. grabbyhands says:

    I’m not a fan of Focus on the Family by any means, but this doesn’t freak me out all that much. Anyone who’s been a fan of the band knows that they have been pretty open about their faith. Hell, their early albums were sold in Christian music stores.

  14. Hannah says:

    Urgh. Please don’t give this tax evader time while the rest of us here in Ireland on low to medium incomes are paying ridiculously high levies and taxes while struggling to cope with the increasing cost of living. I have no time for this man whatsoever.

  15. John says:

    FOTF actively works to fight gay rights and it is disappointing that he acknowledges them..
    James Dobson is one of those christionist grifters who made a splash with his wacko books telling folks how to raise a child to not be gay.intolerant and an ignorant fraud.
    He has done much harm.

    • PortlandJan says:

      I have ZERO tolerance for either Focus On The Family in general or James Dobson in particular. Dobson posted an account, supposedly meant to be funny, on his blog about beating the shit out of his dachshund. The dog didn’t obey his commands quickly enough to suit him. He promotes “first-time obedience” which means that if a parent gives an order and the child doesn’t smile while obeying, he/she will still get spanked. Forget that the kid actually did as asked, it’s all about attitude.
      I wonder if Bono knows this, and if he does, he should be ashamed of himself.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I HATE FOTF but I wonder if Bono is just trying to remain separated from the political aspect of it in order to get the funding he needed…

        Not giving him a free pass or anything, just putting that out there..

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I like the term Christocrite – coined by a friend of mine. James Dobson (and Jayzus Jan) are almost local out there in LA. They are headquarted a few miles south and they are horrible hypocrites. The TBN building in Costa Mesa, CA is worth seeing for it’s tacky oppulence. It’s right off the 405 in case anyone wants to trek down to the OC for a peek.

  16. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I love U2’s music and always respected Bono (don’t GAF what religion he is) until I read about their 360 tour that created 65,000 tons in carbon emissions.

    I know his charity platform is slanted more towards the humanitarian side, and not so much the environment, but I was disappointed when I read about that.

  17. The real me says:

    Everyone is so divided these days on everything. We have to find those things that unite us and quit tearing each other apart. Christians judge atheists and gays, atheists judge Christians, republicans judge democrats, and vice versa. It’s become ridiculous. We all do things that we shouldn’t at times. No one is innocent. I’m a Christian and almost all my friends are atheist, or Buddhist, agnostic, gay, or whatever. We just love each others hearts. Bono isn’t perfect, but I admire him for reaching out to everyone. We should all do that. Stop hating and start loving. Even those you disagree with.

    • Lynette says:

      Not sure how I feel about this interview. Love Bono. Hate FOTF, they are messed up, read some of Dobson’s books. Messed up !!
      Maybe it Bono’s way of getting them to behave like real Christians. Maybe an interview with KKK wouldn’t be so bad either. Bono’s going to get backlash for this. Hopefully he makes a statement for Gay Rights

  18. Gabby says:

    Bono has been an Evangelical since BOY. 1980. He’s never hidden his religion – it’s literally all over his lyrics. He’s not just sitting down with an evangelical, or aligning himself with evangelicals – he IS an evangelical.

    There is nothing in this interview that suggesst and endorsement of the GOP or aligning himself with the GOP. George Bush does deserve thanks for the humanitarian funding, and Bono deserves major props for reaching out to the President and in initiating the whole thing. It saved lives – what’s the problem?

    -an atheist, liberal U2 fan since 1982.

  19. Nerd Alert says:

    Well, I personally cannot stand his singing voice and am not a huge fan of preachy music in general, so what I know of U2 is restricted to their radio songs.

    Additionally, I realized when I was a teenager I just couldn’t believe in a god or anything supernatural. I don’t know why, it just doesn’t make sense to me, and I can’t convince my brain to buy it. I did try, for my mother’s sake. I went through a phase where I liked to argue about it a lot, too, but soon realized it’s a stressful, worthless argument and a waste of time and energy. It’s a hard lesson to learn for some people, loving those whose beliefs you can’t agree with.

    That said, I expected to be more offended by this. I mean, I really hate FOTF. I really hate any organization that makes money telling people how to live, morality pushers if you will. But they didn’t talk about that, and neither did Bono. He spoke about his humanitarian work in the context of his religious beliefs, and I’m not going to fight about that.

    I firmly believe you don’t have to respect the beliefs to respect the believer. If anything, I’m more offended by what the UK commenters here say about him not paying fair taxes, just like the rich in America don’t. Sucks.

    • Jayna says:

      Painting U2’s music catalogue with the broad brush of preachy is missing out on some amazing songs:

      Kite (written about his father who was on his deathbed at the time) –

      Live tribute to dad in concert – Kite

      One of their most beautiful songs ever, written about their first little girls, I believe, not wanting them to grow up too fast:

      Original of the Species:

      And Bono performing as his alter ego Mr. MacPhisto when singing the amazing song Lemon in the Zooropa Tour and then seques into With or Wthout You is pure genius – see the link below. Be still my heart, but I love this band.

      Lemon/With or Without You Live in tour –

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Thanks for the snark and the trouble you’ve gone to, but you seem to have missed the first part of that sentence where I said I can’t stand his singing voice.

        Can you link me any songs where they have a different lead singer?

        I’m sure you didn’t read the rest of my post either, but I’m not one to be converted, even when it comes to liking a band.

    • Jayna says:

      Sorry, if it sounded like it but no snark really intended. A lot of people tend think their music is all preachy, so was giving some examples of deeper catalogue

      I didn’t address the vocals, because, well, his voice is what it is and all subjective to likes and dislikes, so would never try to change your mind. In fact, his vocals have deriorated greatly this last album and on tour to very thin in the upper range, sadly, and I only like part of it because of that. At least before his vocals were deeper and stronger, though admittedly never a great range.

      I am driven by vocals predominently, too, in music so understand your comment, since from that era I would say Roland Orzabal and Dave Gahan and Seal are my favorite singers vocally who still sound amazing.

      There is a tribute album U2 asked selected artists to appear on in honor of the 25th anniversary of Achtung Baby. It’s actually guite good by some of the singers. So when you asked me if there’s somebody else singing their songs, this is it. Though, I prefer U2 (except I really love these four artists below so like their interpretations.)

      Depeche Mode – So Cruel cover

      Jack White – Love is Blindness (this verson used in the Great Gatsby also) –

      Patti Smith – Until the End of the World

      The Killers – Ultra Violet

      Damien Rice did a bad cover of the iconic One on the album. But Johnny Cash’s cover of One is fantastic. I love all of Johnny Cash’s covers on songs.

      Johnny Cash – One –

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I was hoping you’d respond again, Jayna. I re-read your first reply and realized you weren’t being snarky, just passionate about your favorite band. I just jumped the gun because I’m having to defend my atheism a lot today, which is totally unrelated to your post. I apologize for the chip on my shoulder previously, sincerely.

        As for the suggestions, thank you! I recently heard Jack White’s Love is Blindness and FELL IN LOVE. Okay, I’m already in love with Jack White, but I friggin’ love that song. Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails is one of my favorites so I will definitely be checking these out! I love the Killers’ version of Ultra Violet, and embarrassingly enough, did not know it was originally a U2 song.

        I will for sure look at your other suggestions!

  20. bettyrose says:

    Bono is one of those people I’ve always respected but never really liked. I think he’s an arrogant prick, but I’ll give him a pass on this one. He was tailoring his message to his audience.

    The fact is that American policies limiting family planning and condom distribution in the third world have directly resulted in an increase in HIV rates. And those policies are based entirely in religious morality having nothing to do with science. However, you can’t exactly come at these nutters with that logic, so I guess talking their talk might have some impact (??)

  21. UsedToBeLulu says:

    ♥ Bono. Always been a U2 fan and love what they do. As many others have said here already, you can acknowledge the good that someone has done without ‘aligning’ yourself with them. To think otherwise is being intolerant and narrow-minded.

  22. anon says:

    The GOP is a large group encompassing many ideas. So is Christianity. Unfortunately the extremists get the most attention. Same with the liberals, I am sure. Please don’t judge a whole group by the words or actions of a percentage.

    • ViktoryGin says:

      But they’ve made stance against same sex marriage and reproductive rights fairly conspicuous parts of their platform.

    • Kath says:

      I agree with you, but the GOP used to be a lot broader. (And so, for that matter, were the Democrats who seem to have been taken over by corporatist interests).

      I’m not a conservative, but there are certain things that resonate with me (fiscal restraint, personal responsibility, libertarianism etc.)

      What I HATE is when the same people who preach freedom start interfering with women’s rights, sticking their noses into people’s bedrooms and dictating what people should believe (e.g. trying to ban the teaching of evolution in schools, introducing school prayer, declaring the US a ‘Christian country’ etc. etc.)

      It’s just a shame that the Repubs are being so dominated by tea party people when it comes to the mid-terms. Normal, smart, sensible conservatives are being replaced by absolute loonies by their so-called ‘base’, but when it comes to the main event – no sane person would vote for them!

      That said, I’m bitterly disappointed in the Dems as well. It’s all a bit depressing.

  23. aims says:

    I find focus on the family organization extremely offensive. I wouldn’t be able to sit down with them and give them my time. They are free to believe anyway they want to, but so am I.

    The irony with their name, “focus on the family”. Is that, focus on your family, but if your child come out of the closet, turn your back on them. This is a destructive organization, that I would never give my time to.

    • UsedToBeLulu says:

      Where has FOTF ever said that parents should turn their back on a gay child?

      • aims says:

        They are against gay rights of any kind. Marriage, Adoption, ect. They endorse, “pray the gay away” programs. I could go on, but as the other posts have stated, this is a harmful organization.

  24. Zombie Shortcake says:

    I heard the Bush administration cut federal funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health research that wasn’t specifically and solely abstinence oriented, and that it set the clock back on sexual health. I have also read that politically Bono is (very) conservative.

    • lisa says:

      GWB created PEPFAR, an AIDS initiative in Africa that has saved millions. AFAIK, it is not tied to abstinence, i dont see how it could be.

  25. Jayna says:

    U2 is one of the bands I have gone back and followed their history from the beginning. I find it fascinating, as a music enthusiast, to go back to their roots as young teenagers as they all came together. He and the Edge were very religious, how they formed the band and how their faith played a role in their music is fascinating. Bono has sat with religious leaders and/or ministers of organizatons or churches and has a dialogue back and forth before, so this is not the first time.

    He has done a lot of good in the world and tried never to let politics get in the way and thus makes inroads where he can. Plus they still rock it out as a band. He is taking his own path regarding humanitarism, so no judgment from me.

  26. Jen34 says:

    I have been a fan of Bono’s since the late ’80’s. I think he has done a lot good in the world. I don’t care about his religious beliefs, although I respect the fact that he has them. He successfully deals with politicians, which speaks greatly of his dedication to whichever cause he is supporting.

    I have never understood the hatred for him. I don’t care that he isn’t paying his fair share of taxes. Most rich people don’t.

  27. Thiajoka says:

    Yeah, this poseur took that “is Jesus the son of god or a nutcase” argument straight from C.S. Lewis. Too bad he didn’t credit Mr. Lewis. Whoops, on edit, I have to admit I missed the part wherein he did credit C.S. Lewis. So can’t hold that against him. I really wanted to, though, I won’t lie. LOL.

    I find him to be preachy, confused, boastful, hypocritical, and out of touch with reality. Seriously loved the band when I was younger, but Bono eventually just ruined it for me.

    Trying to publicly shame governments into budgeting for African relief through taxation and then moving the band’s corporation to another country so they would be taxed less–definitely George W. Bush and Focus On The Family thinking/lifestyle in my opinion.

    • MavenTheFirst says:

      ‘Seriously loved the band when I was younger, but Bono eventually just ruined it for me.’

      YES! I LOVED the band, too! Then he put on the stupid glasses and became a pompous, ignorant, hubristic ass enamoured of his own importance. Amazing. So disappointing. Can’t bear him now. Still adore the old songs though.

    • Ange says:

      Not to mention the man claims he’s religious, is richer than god yet doesn’t seem to want to follow the part about giving away your wealth and living simply.

  28. Jane Q. Doe says:

    I listened to this interview today. Bono also mentioned that President Obama was continuing the US’s policy of assistance regarding AIDS. It sounded to me like he was complimentary of both men (and thankful to the American people overall), so to say he ‘aligns’ himself with Dubya seems inaccurate.