Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Rock and Roll, Coochie Coo

Well, I wouldn't mind being "like a fly on the wall" (bonus points to the person who can name the U2 song this lyric comes from) for the W, Bono tete-a-tete today. I wish that Bono would give him an earful given his prior ties to Amnesty International, but I doubt he will. Nice that Irish citizens can bend the ear of the President over lunch. I wonder who footed the bill for that? US Taxpayers?
A couple of other updates on the President's schedule. The President right now is having lunch over in the residence with Bono. As you are aware, Bono is in town for some concerts. This meeting with Bono follows up on their discussion at Gleneagles during the G8 summit that took place in Scotland. They have a very good discussion at the G8 about our common priorities. Both share a deep commitment to combating AIDS, preventing malaria, and expanding trade to lift people out of poverty, particularly in developing countries. And Bono is scheduled to be meeting with Steve Hadley, as well, today -- our National Security Advisor -- to talk about some of those issues, too...

...Q Scott, two questions. This is a serious one. Since you raised Bono, is there --

MR. McCLELLAN: Those were serious, too.

Q But this is serious about Bono. Is there a possibility he might be given a position in the administration? He's a big name.

MR. McCLELLAN: I haven't heard that. I think he's enjoying the career that he has right now and doing all the good work that he does on behalf of people who are suffering in developing countries.

Q But is he considered an advisor or supporter of the administration?

MR. McCLELLAN: He's someone who has a lot of influence and is committed to helping people who are in need, and lifting people out of poverty, and helping those who are suffering from AIDS. And those are priorities that the President shares. And so they've had some discussions over the last few years, and we appreciate the opportunity to visit with him.
Humm...I don't quite know what to make of Bono at this point. Was he giving W hell or was he kissing ass (or I should type "arse" given his nationality). Any thoughts in the blogoshiphere about this meeting? Please comment below.

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