State of the Union Address airs Feb 7th
First Lady Jill Biden will welcome Bono as one of her guests to join her in the viewing box for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 7th. The U2 frontman was personally invited by the White House because of his groundbreaking work in the fight against HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty.
Working in concert with other activists, Bono 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 20 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.
Bono is the only entertainer announced for the viewing box. Each of the guests were invited because they personify issues or themes to be addressed by the President in his speech, or they embody the Biden-Harris Administration’s policies at work for the American people. The Second Gentleman, Mr. Douglas Emhoff, will also join the First Lady in the viewing box.
President Biden will address a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol on Tuesday, February 7th at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.