In town for a concert, U2 rock star Bono was invited to lunch Wednesday with the president. White House president secretary Scott McClellan said the meeting at the executive residence would be a follow-up on talks Bono had with President George W. Bush in July at the G-8 summit in Scotland.
"They had a very good discussion about some of our common priorities," McClellan said. "Both share a deep commitment to combating aids, preventing malaria and expanding trade to lift people out of poverty."
McClellan said Bono also planned to meet with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley later in the day, before U2's concert at the MCI Center. The spokesman laughingly told reporters that Bush was not planning to attend the concert, the AP reports.
Since 1999, Bono has been a persistent and often-successful lobbyist in the United States, ersuading Republicans and Democrats, presidents and lawmakers, to provide millions to help end the scourge of AIDS, eliminate poverty in Africa and forgive Third World debt. A.M.