People: Mar. 25, 2002


The last time a major rock star visited a Republican President in hopes of influencing policy, little happened. In 1970 Elvis Presley dropped in on Richard Nixon, angling to become a federal agent to fight the drug war; the President gave the narcotic-addled Presley an honorary badge and sent him on his way. When Bono visited PRESIDENT BUSH last week, the U2 singer proved considerably more effective, and coherent. Bono lobbied Bush to increase money to fight AIDS in Africa and assist impoverished countries. Later that day Bush pledged $5 billion in foreign aid to poor...

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