Bono reveals President Bush joke that had him in stitches
Rock legend Bono has revealed how President George W Bush had him in stitches with his sense of humour.
The U2 frontman revealed: “I wasn’t expecting to belly laugh with this President!”
Bono has always used his media profile to raise awareness and money for good causes.
It has seen him meet some of the most powerful and iconic world leaders of the past 30 years.
The Dublin native recalled one meeting he had with the then President of the United States.
He said: “In terms of our bases, our relationship didn’t look well on either of us.
“I don’t think he had much interest in meeting me. . . and why should he? You know, he’d just taken the Oval Office and he was a busy guy.
“I suppose the thing that surprised me was his sense of humour.
“It’s not new to Texans. I wasn’t expecting to belly laugh with this President.
“I remember riding in his motorcade with him and people were waving.
“I said, ‘Oh, Mr President, you’re very popular, clearly,’ and he just goes, totally deadpan, ‘When I first came here, the people used to wave at me with one finger,’ and that made me laugh.”
Bono and former President Bush will meet again this week in Texas as the Dubliner is being honoured with a medal for his ongoing humanitarian efforts.
He spoke to Dallas News about his plans while he is in town.
Bono said: “I think of more romantic pursuits like music, but the last time I was out with the Bushes, I went out into the landscape, and I really enjoyed that.
“I really enjoyed the country life. My missus would slap me around the head for saying that because she’s been trying to get me to do more hiking and that kind of thing.
“But I would like to spend time on trails and I’d like to ride. The Joshua Tree Tour was great, and we played Dallas. That was pretty special.”