Bono has come out in support of President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win, penning an op-ed column in this weekend's New York Times celebrating Obama's goal of eradicating world hunger and crediting the President for helping "rebrand America." As Rolling Stone previously reported, the recent RS cover star was recruited by the NYT to contribute six to 10 op-ed pieces in 2009, ranging from pieces on Frank Sinatra to poverty.
"There's a sense in some quarters of these not-so-United States that Norway, Europe and the World havenâ€™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 writes. "Well, I happen to be European, and I can project with the best of them. So here's why I think the virtual Obama is the real Obama, and why I think the man might deserve the hype."
Bono goes on to quote a United Nations speech delivered by Obama last month in which he said, "We will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time." "I don't speak for the rest of the world. Sometimes I think I do — but as my bandmates will quickly (and loudly) point out, I don't even speak for one small group of four musicians," Bono wrote. "But 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."