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June 20th, 2005

Bono's Campaign for Africa @ 09:27 am

zoostation:
I'm currently hearin: Change the World - Eric Clapton (how appropriate!)

An article in the latest issue of People magazine (p. 54). There are about 8 pictures inside.

After years of lobbying, the rock star helps rid the continent of more than $40 billion in debt.

For the past seven years Bono, who cofounded the advocacy group DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), has barn-stormed his way through Washington, D.C., and the European capitals campaigning to fight poverty in Africa. So on June 11, when leaders of the G8 group of top industrial nations agreed to erase more than $440 billion in African debt, Bono, 45, called the pact "one of the greatest moment in my life."

And one in which he played a key role. As a lobbyist, "he's got the celebrity that gets him in the door," says former Rep. John Kasich. "I laugh now because some congressmen wouldn't take a meeting with him until their kids found out." But, Kasich adds, Bono's dedication and expertise "made a huge impression on Capitol Hill." DATA cofounder Bobby Shriver points to Bono's relentless contact with both politicians and congressional staffers: "The real story is the numbers of phone calls and letters and follow-ups and trips...the amount of time he committed to these things." One early convert was hard-liner Sen. Jesse Helms, who went on to help push $550 million in debt relief through Congress. "We were discussing scriptural teaching about the poor," recalls Shriver, "and suffenly out of nowhere, Helms leaps to his feet and said he was going to give us a blessing and help us."

By some accounts, Bono's greatest asset is his ability to cajole reticent leaders behind the scenes. "He is fantastically influential," says a source familiar with his dealings with the British governments, which spearheaded the G8 deal. "He persuaders politicians that what they do is going to matter."

Forgive any grammatical errors.
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From:sapphires13
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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"some congressmen wouldn't take a meeting with him until their kids found out"

**amused** I can picture it now:

Kid: Daddy! You turned down a meeting with Bono?!
Dad: Well..
Kid: ARE YOU INSANE?! Do you want me to never speak to you again?!
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From:zoostation
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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LOL, that was thoroughly amusing for me as well.

"DAD! This is BONO! You can meet with the President Pro Tempore ANYDAY!"
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From:drive_away18
Date:June 20th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
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haha your icon is the best.
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From:zoostation
Date:June 20th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
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TY.

I have one more.
:)

I love college pranks on street signs.
From:xxradiohead
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
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ahah awwww.

i almost want to go buy this magazine now.

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