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U2's Bono Hails President's Nobel Peace Prize

October 19, 2009
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Bono recently took a break from songwriting to pen an article for The New York Times.

In the piece, he praised President Obama for helping to “rebrand” the United States.

The U2 rocker also argued that the Obama choice as Nobel Peace Prize recipient was a deserved one.

Bono has long been a fan of the prez. His band performed at Obama’s inaugural celebration.

In the midst of his “Pride” serenade, Bono said the following about the election result: “This is not just an American dream, but also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream, an Israeli dream, and a Palestinian dream.”

Bono also applauded Obama for his dedication to “the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.”

However, he failed to mention how the president is spurring on poverty in the country he’s governing with his heavy hand and runaway debit card.

Under Obama, Uncle Sam is now spending $1.4 trillion more than he’s taking in.

Nevertheless, Bono went on to commend Obama's efforts in “fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change, improving relations in the Middle East and, by the way, creating jobs and providing healthcare at home.”

The troubadour couldn’t point to any specific Obama accomplishment in any of the highlighted areas.

Maybe that’s because there aren’t any. Rogue nations are getting nukes, tensions in the Middle East are worse than ever, and unemployment in the states is at record levels.

“There's a sense in some quarters of these not-so-United States that Norway, Europe, and the world haven't a clue about the real President Obama — instead, they fixate on a fantasy version of the president, a projection of what they hope and wish he is, and what they wish America to be," Bono wrote.

He attempted to make the case for why “the virtual Obama is the real Obama,” and why “the man might deserve the hype.”

Bono asserted that the U.S. prez is “rebranding” the American image to one of hope, optimism, and action. With zippo accomplishments to cite, he focused on snippets from the president’s speeches.

“I will venture to say that in the farthest corners of the globe, the president's words are more than a pop song people want to hear on the radio. They are lifelines,” he said.

They may be lifelines for other folks in the world.

But for the sinking taxpayers and floundering jobless here in the United States, the president’s words are a bunch of sweet nothings.

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