Bill and Hillary Clinton had a date night Friday evening at U2’s Madison Square Garden concert.
U2 fans went nuts on social media when they discovered the presidential candidate and former president were sitting among them.
— U2gigs (@u2gigs) August 1, 2015
At a U2 concert. Trying to figure out for the life of me why the Clinton's are sitting in the nose… https://t.co/jOdNdP9GVh
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 1, 2015
Lucked the hell out and ended up by the stage for U2. Also hey bill and Hillary Clinton pic.twitter.com/piBe6iel40
— Umang Dua (@umangdua) August 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton is sitting near me at the U2 concert tonight. pic.twitter.com/9HHbpFRk6y
— Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin) August 1, 2015
— People magazine (@people) August 1, 2015
Daily Mail reports:
On Friday night, lead singer Bono gave a shout out to ‘the 42nd president’, Bill Clinton, for helping to negotiate peace in the 1990s in the band’s native Ireland.
Bono went on to praise the former president and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton – who is running for president – for their efforts in fighting Aids.
Both Hillary and Bill were at the concert, along with a whole host of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen, Scarlett Johannsson, Winona Ryder and Helena Christensen.
In the past few years, Bono has helped with the Clinton Global Initiative. Bill Clinton joked in 2013 on CNN about the impersonations he and his longtime friend Bono have done of each other.
While the Clintons are friends with Bono, they are not alone on the campaign trail for having the cool factor of Bono being their friend.
Ohio Governor and GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich has long been touting his friendship with U2’s lead singer.
In June, Jimmy Fallon mocked Kasich in a montage of how much Kasich brings up his “good friend Bono” to everyone.
Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rick Santorum also has not been shy about his friend Bono.
Santorum received a shout-out from Bono in 2012 during a New York City concert.
Guess I need to work on my attitude. Thank you to my old friend & global aids partner, Bono, for hosting us in NYC. pic.twitter.com/15fvbBFsYp
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) July 22, 2015
In July, Santorum appeared on the Fox News Channel show “Outnumbered” and talked about how he has worked with Bono for years to help fight the AIDS epidemic.
When asked whether Bono lets him use his songs on the campaign trail, Santorum dismissed the question.
“I’ve never asked him. The relationship is one that I tremendously respect the work that he does in the world and I don’t take advantage of people who do really good things. I just appreciate the friendship.”