Russian President and Bono Meet For Tea and Discussion
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:51:31
Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev is known for his love of rock music so it is no surprise that the leader hosted U2 frontman Bono at his home near the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, reports The Associated Press. Medvedev praised Bono for writing music "that unites generations." Damn, it must be good to be Bono, having tea and engaging in informed discourse with world leaders and shit.
Medvedev complimented the 50-year-old Bono, who is actually six years his senior, for highlighting problems in Africa, such as poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Music is certainly an instrument of social change, as this meeting of the minds proved. "You are doing important things, because taking care of people is not only a job for politicians," Medvedev said.
The president chatted in English with Bono, who is visiting Russia for the band's first-ever concert in the country on Wednesday night. The two were casually dressed and sipped tea.
Bono, a noted philanthropist whose humanitarian work has also included pushing rich nations to write off billion-dollar debts to poverty-stricken countries with cash flow problems, told Medvedev that spending 40 cents per day could eliminate the transfer of HIV from mother to child by 2015. Wow. That should be enough to make you want to assist.
What do you think of Bono's efforts? Isn't Medvedev infinitely cool?