Who’s coming to your Memorial Day weekend party? Lead U2 singer Bono made a stop on Friday at former President George W. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas to spend a few hours with George and Laura before his band’s sold-out concert in nearby Richardson, Texas.
Bush did what any fan of the rock star would do…posted a picture on Instagram along with this caption: “Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice. @laurawbush and I are grateful he came to the ranch to talk about the work of @thebushcenter, @onecampaign, @PEPFAR, and our shared commitment to saving lives in Africa.”
Both former President Bush and Bono have been active in efforts to end the AIDS epidemic in Africa. President Bush created PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and Bono co-founded ONE, a global campaign and advocacy organization that promotes AIDS awareness and anit-poverty initiatives.
Bono wrote this alongside his picture with President Bush on his own Instagram account. “More than 11 million people are alive today thanks to this man’s creation of PEPFAR, the U.S. AIDS program that has been saving lives and preventing new HIV infections for over 10 years, with strong support from political leaders right, left, and center. That progress is all at risk now with President Trump’s budget cuts, which will mean needless infections and lives lost. – Bono.”
The former president wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post last month in which he challenged lawmakers to keep PEPFAR fully funded because approximately “12 million lives have been saved … Nearly 15 years later, the program has achieved remarkable results in the fight against disease.”
Memorial Day Weekend on a Texas ranch with Bush and Bono talking about saving lives around the world. Not a bad way to spend the holiday. These guys are both “the real deal!”
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