Bono is named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for his willingness to make a stand and create a stir. Bobby Shriver recounts an anecdote where Bono asked for a full $435 million from Congress and threatened to shame those who did not approve the funds by placing their photo on 30-ft. screens with the caption, ‘This guy killed African women and children.” The magazine says:
That’s punk rock. And that’s why Bono is a hero. Not because he’s a rock star, but because he’s a rock star who is willing to spend time on things that are tedious and boring—like long sessions with Senators and Administration officials and meetings at the World Bank and the IMF on torpid Washington Saturday mornings.