Bono salutes US for electing 'extraordinary man'

Associated Press Modified: November 13, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: November 12, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bono hailed Americans for re-electing President Barack Obama but reminded them of the dire consequences that lie ahead because of the economy.

The U2 frontman touched on the relationship between politics and extreme poverty Monday night in his keynote speech during the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University, after acknowledging Obama's victory over challenger Mitt Romney last week.

"Congratulations are in order not just for turning out in record numbers — and forgetting politics for a minute — but for electing an extraordinary man as president," Bono said of Obama. "I think you have to say that whatever your political tradition."

Bono went on to joke about attack ads, imitate former President Bill Clinton, compare punk rock to world history, forecast a potentially dark future and warn Georgetown's students that a recession might rob them of their chance to make their mark on the world.

The 52-year-old Irish singer, a self-styled "evidence-based activist," warned that economic decisions being debated in America could have devastating consequences for the extreme poor. He referred to the impending "fiscal cliff," the year-end expiration of tax cuts Americans have had for a decade and other budget realities some fear may restart the recession and cost millions more their jobs.

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