Bono Calls Obama 'Extraordinary' Before White House Visit
Bono temporarily warmed the hearts of conservatives everywhere recently when he embraced capitalism as a key charitable weapon.
This week, the U2 lead singer is cozying up to the freshly re-elected President Barack Obama.
Bono called Obama "an extraordinary man" and thanked Americans for its election results during a speech given at Georgetown University in the Nation's Capital.
"Congratulations are in order not just for turning out in record numbers – and forgetting politics for a minute – but for electing an extraordinary man as president," Bono said of Obama. "I think you have to say that whatever your political tradition."
Earlier today, Bono was spotted entering the White House's West Wing where the president was meeting labor leaders.
Foreign aid is also very much on Bono's mind.
Bono, a long-time advocate for the poor, will argue that U.S. government-funded schemes that support life-saving treatments for HIV/AIDS sufferers, nutrition programs for malnourished children, and emergency food aid make up just 1 percent of the U.S. government budget but are helping to save tens of millions of lives in impoverished nations.
The One Campaign would not elaborate which lawmakers and senior Obama administration officials Bono will meet.
The band appears a bit uneasy having its own money taxed to help pay for foreign aid. The group made headlines years ago for shifting its business from Ireland to the Netherlands presumably to enjoy better tax benefits.