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Bono Receives First George W. Bush Medal For Distinguished Leadership, Calls Late Barbara Bush ‘Mother Of PEPFAR’

Dallas Morning News: U2’s Bono says Barbara Bush made George W. an ‘AIDS activist’
“…As the first recipient of the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership, Bono was the night’s honored guest. The award was meant to recognize his high-profile humanitarian efforts, in particular in fighting HIV and AIDS in the African countries where the virus has been the most devastating. He helped start the (RED) campaign, which leveraged corporate might to fundraise for HIV and AIDS fighting efforts, and the ONE Campaign more recently, which aims to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases through global advocacy. But Bono emphasized that it was Bush’s work that he wanted to highlight…” (Cowan, 4/19).

Fox News: U2’s Bono receives first George W. Bush Medal, pays tribute to late Barbara Bush
“…Bono paid homage to the former first lady and applauded her role in helping to de-stigmatize AIDS, the [Dallas Morning News] report said. He said she once held a baby with HIV and embraced an adult man with AIDS. Bono also praised the former president’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, which has earned bipartisan support, the Morning News reported. ‘You were born of an AIDS activist, sir, and you became one,’ Bono told the 43rd president of the U.S. Bono described former first lady Barbara Bush as ‘the mother of PEPFAR’…” (Lieu, 4/20).

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