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Bono's Roll Call: A Roster of Political Shout-Outs at FedEx


(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The U2 show at FedEx Field featured more shout-outs to cronies than a Joe Biden stump speech, as Bono took time to hail from the stage pretty much every political player in the house, and more than a few not present. Here's a partial list, compiled by our critic colleague Chris Richards.

  • "The President of Rwanda!", Paul Kagame, who had good 100-level seats and a big entourage.
  • The late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and "Timmy Shriver... who's with us tonight."
  • "We got a cardinal at a rock show!" -- Cardinal McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, a fellow lobbyist for debt forgiveness, the frontman said.
  • "Nancy Pelosi!"
  • "I thank you, Josh Bolten."
  • "Pat Leahy... the John Wayne of D.C."
  • Tom Daschle
  • Bill Frist
  • Imprisoned Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who got a song dedicated to her.
  • Video message from Desmond Tutu.
  • "This one's for Ted, Teddy Kennedy!" before launching into "New Year's Day."
  • Paul and Nancy Pelosi (again!)
  • President Bush and Congress for helping to stop the spread of malaria in Africa.
  • Special closing thanks to David Lee, it sounded like...? (David Lee Roth? Nah, One Campaign President David Lane, we think.)

  • By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
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    Comments

    Edit: The president of the ONE Campaign is David Lane.

    Posted by: JLCoode | September 30, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

    Duh. Thanks. Noted. Tweaked.

    Posted by: The Reliable Source | September 30, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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