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November 2nd, 2009
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PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter

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Bono claims U.S. gives about half the aid as European countries, percentage-wise

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bono mixes up foreign aid statistics, according to PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter."]

With all due respect to the musical prowess of Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee, we think this is the first time we've checked a bona fide rock icon with our Truth-O-Meter.

But U2's Bono is no ordinary rock star. He's also a political activist, using his pop status to advocate for African aid and AIDS relief.

Which is how Bono came to be asked by an Associated Press music writer what he thought about President Barack Obama with regard to funding the fight against AIDS in Africa.

"The Obama administration is just getting going," Bono said. "(He) has promised to double aid over the next years, because even though (President George W.) Bush tripled it ... the United States is still about half as what European countries give as a percentage, and I think he knows that's not right."

We decided to check whether Bono was right that "the United States is still about half as what European countries give as a percentage."

This turned into a tricky fact-check because Bono appears to have interchanged two different funding issues in his comment: global HIV/AIDS relief and foreign aid.

The Truth-O-Meter says: HALF TRUE

Half True

Read more: Let's call this the remix version

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  1. CPB-Texas

    The truth about the 2000 page "healthcare" bill is that it will not solve our health care problems and it will allow a disfunctional federal government control of the most important part of our lives.

    November 2, 2009 at 7:52 am |