Bono Preaches Debt Relief To Harvard Grads
U2 lead singer Bono yesterday (June 6) urged Harvard University's graduating seniors to do their part to help poor people in Third World countries. "The debts of the father are now the debts of the soU2 lead singer Bono yesterday (June 6) urged Harvard University's graduating seniors to do their part to help poor people in Third World countries. "The debts of the father are now the debts of the sons and the daughters," he told a crowd of students, faculty, and family members attending pre-commencement festivities.
Bono's connection to the Cambridge, Mass., university began in 1999 when he contacted economics professor Jeffrey D. Sachs to talk about debt relief for Third World countries. Since then, the two have worked together to promote the cause.
A beaming Sachs sat on the stage behind Bono as he gave the annual Class Day speech. "Jeffrey Sachs not only let me into his office, he let met into his Rolodex, his head and his life for the last few years and in a sense he let me into your lives here at Harvard," Bono said.
Bono has also enlisted the help of Bobby Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Shriver's son. "Sachs and I with my friend Bobby Shriver hit the road like some sort of surreal crossover act. A rock star, a Kennedy, a noted economist crisscrossing the globe like the Partridge family on psychotropic drugs," Bono quipped.
Robert E. Rubin, former treasury secretary under President Clinton, was to deliver the commencement address today. Last year's Class Day speaker was Conan O'Brien, host of NBC's "Late Night" and a 1985 Harvard graduate.
U2's Elevation tour continues tomorrow (June 8) at Boston's FleetPavilion.
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