When Bono Met Jenna
By Julie Grates, Contributor
August September 2005
Last May, a horde of celebrities showed up at Madison Square Garden in New York to enjoy a spectacular U2 concert (part of their Vertigo tour). Prior to launching into the song “Miracle Drag,” Bono gave a shout out to one of Irish America’s previous Top 100 honorees, Dr. Kevin Cahill, infectious-disease specialist and former Grand Marshal of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. During the concert, Bono also used the opportunity to declare his message of human rights, while showing Article 5 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on an enormous TV screen behind the stage.
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” it read. Among the star-studded attendees was one of the first daughters, Jenna Bush. While all eyes in the audience focused on her, the President of the Free World’s daughter continued drinking beer and having a good time. Jenna Bush smiled and clapped throughout Bono’s speech, and even though some of her father’s policies were questioned, she went to the after party and had a chance to meet and talk to Bono. ♦