Bob Geldof "Pissed" at Lack of Press Coverage of Bush's Africa Trip
(Hat tip: James H. at Opinionated Catholic)
From The Washington Times:
... Mr. Geldof praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.(emphasis added)
Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, "has done more than any other president so far."
"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."
"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.
Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.
"You guys didn't pay attention," Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers...
... Mr. Geldof said that he and Bono, U2's lead singer, have "gotten a lot of flak" for saying that Mr. Bush has done more for Africa than any other U.S. president.(emphasis added)
Mr. Geldof said that "the main thing now is asking the candidates, 'What are you going to do?'"
Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, has "put in place a whole foundation" in the form of aid for disease prevention, government institution building with accountability measures, and investing capital in African countries to build up their economies.
"The next guy really must take it on," Mr. Geldof said, referring to the next president...
Opinionated Catholic notes:
I also can't help but note that many Catholics blogs and publications have been pretty silent ...Yes, where is St. Blogs' "consistent ethic of life" crowd to offer President Bush his due on this issue?
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