June 20, 2005


Geldof Defends Bush on Africa (Victoria Ward, PA, 6/20/05, The Scotsman)

Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof claims George Bush has done more for Africa than any other US president.

He said he had recently defended Bush on the issue in France.

“They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American president for Africa,” Geldof told Time magazine.

“But it’s empirically so.”

Geldof and U2 singer Bono have teamed up to recreate the 1985 Live Aid event in a string of free concerts taking place around the world on July 2. [...]

The pair are aiming to appeal to the G8 leaders’ sense of legacy to include debt forgiveness, fair trade and increased aid in their Africa policies.

“The most important and toughest nut is still President Bush,” Bono told the magazine.

“He feels he’s already doubled and tripled aid to Africa, which he has. But he started from far too low a place.

“It’s hard for him because of the expense of the war and the debts. But I have a hunch that he will step forward with something. And it’ll take somebody like him.”

Well, they won't be asked to play Hillary's Inaugural....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2005 6:10 PM

I am so sick of Bono. He needs to get his multimillionaire friends to donate.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 20, 2005 6:20 PM

This whole Live 8 thing is a bloody waste of time.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at June 20, 2005 6:49 PM

Bono and Geldoff need to put it all on the line and move to Sierra Leone, use their money to build an army and force some real change in Africa - throwing wads of cash into firestorm only feeds the fire.

Posted by: Shelton at June 20, 2005 6:55 PM

Like wise Leftists (there are few, I admit), they retract their claws in order to abscond with more money from the gullible folks they (insincerely) stand up for and compliment.

Posted by: obc at June 20, 2005 9:04 PM

Thats right, the best thing they could do is set up Executive Outcomes again under a different name and then we could get some real change going in central and southern Africa. Canceling debt and throwing money at the dictators like Mugabe is the absolute worst thing to do.

Posted by: BillMill at June 21, 2005 2:12 AM