April 30th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Bono and Obama meet

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.bono.gi.jpg caption="President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House."]Washington (CNN) – President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House following the star's recent trip to Africa.

"[They discussed] ways to make sure our foreign aid is effective, and the opportunities for innovation and technology to change the development landscape in Africa," National Security spokesman Mike Hammer told CNN.

Obama's meeting with the singer was not on the White House schedule. It was Bono's philanthropic organization, ONE, that announced Friday's meeting.

"With the first blackberry president, we discussed the power of new technology to empower activists and entrepreneurs across Africa, part of a new rising generation that's boosting growth and governance and defying stereotypes," Bono said in a statement released by ONE.

This is not Bono's first trip to the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. According to the White House, Paul Hewson visited with National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones and OMB Director Peter Orszag in September 2009. Hewson is better known as Bono.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Larry

    And this is news because......

    April 30, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. jeff jackson, alabama

    Splendid idea, getting feedback from a
    rock star.
    Now I'm worried far less about international
    I guess all you Obamanites out there who
    thought Condi Rice was stupid are sleeping
    better now.

    April 30, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Oh no the sky is falling. Now Glenn Beck is going to tell us to buy gold but only from Goldline again! It's a world socialist conspiracy U2 is trying to get that bad Big Govt to takeover the music industry.

    April 30, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. D.

    A so so singer and an average politician meet to discuss "liberal" "progressive" "leftist" ideas; a millionaire to millionaire private discussion!

    April 30, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    This is a good thing but I bet you will read from some right wing nut that he should be spending time doing other things besides visiting with celebrities. Just watch>

    April 30, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Mike Nike

    I would have told the tax dodging Bono to take a hike. He avoids paying taxes and also spends other peoples money but still lives his own life as half a billionaire. I nominate him for hypocrite of the century award.

    April 30, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Patty Patriot

    obama has time to listen to everyone but the American citizens!

    April 30, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. bonoT

    Did Bono come in with BHO's records and papers?

    April 30, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Graham's son

    This is all fine and dandy, but Obama should also meet with Cindy Sheehan and discuss why the wars are still going on.

    April 30, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Sandra Ramos

    You go Bono....you have influence in our world for the better, God Bless You on your life path and purpose God has given to you. You are a
    visionary implementer, which means you have a great vision and you have ideas to implement, and you do it.
    God has chosen you to be a frontrunner...ahead of world leaders...to do the leg work that needs to get done.
    I will continue to pray for you!

    April 30, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. jeff

    When this man donates all of his fortunes and lives on ..umm....let's say a couple thousand US dollars a month in a 1,500 square foot house that has a monthly mortgage payment, and drives a 5 year old used Kia Rio I might listen to him. Until then he is just another rich person trying to boss around the poor and middle class by telling them what they should do with their money. He lost my respect when a few years back he said: "The rich countries should do more". Well I am part of a rich country, without a job, no medical insurance, and live in a small house which I have a monthly mortgage payment which is a struggle to meet most of the time. Yea, like I want to pay more taxes so we can take the money and give it away. We provide enough aid around the world, maybe it is time to pull back a bunch of it.

    April 30, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |