Bono Awarded George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership for AIDS Work

Rolling Stone

Bono was awarded the inaugural George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership Thursday, with the former president honoring the U2 singer for his work in combatting the HIV/AIDS crisis and poverty in Africa.

In 2002, during a visit to the White House, Bono lobbied the president to lend financial support to a series to humanitarian organizations that would provide financial assistance and help stem the AIDS crisis in poor countries.

“That’s what I’m not sure people understand,” Bono told Bush Thursday in a conversation that was live-streamed from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, “13 million from PEPFAR [President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief], and if you add the Global Relief Fund, it’s probably been 21 million lives have been saved by this work that you began and led and I’m here to honor that.”

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