Bono Among Guests In The First Lady’s Box For State Of The Union Address
U2 lead singer Bono is among the invitees for the First Lady’s Box for the 2023 State of the Union Address.
The President and the First Lady can invite family members and other guests, who sit with Jill Biden in her box in the balcony of the House of Representatives.
President Joe Biden will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST during a joint session of Congress.
Besides Bono, the guests that White House has announced include Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova; the Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff; Holocaust survivor Ruth Cohen; Jacki Liszak, the President and CEO of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce; parents of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten to death by police; and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi.
Bono is a groundbreaking activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Working in concert with other activists, he played a pivotal role building public and bipartisan political support for the creation of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), a program announced by President Bush in his State of the Union twenty years ago, and championed by then-Senator Biden. PEPFAR is credited with revolutionizing the provision of life-saving HIV medications in poorer countries and saving 25 million lives worldwide.
Bono is the cofounder of the nonpartisan ONE Campaign, which works with governments to fight poverty and preventable disease, and (RED), which has raised more than $700 million from businesses to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.