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    Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:51:31

    Russian President and Bono Meet For Tea and Discussion - They also discuss how U2's music unites generations

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    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (2nd R) as The Edge (2nd L) and Larry Mullen Jr look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) announces the free download of the new U2 album on iTunes as members of U2 The Edge (2nd L), Larry Mullen Jr (C), Adam Clayton (2nd R) and Bono as and look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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    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?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.25.10




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