U2 frontman Bono spoke with reporters backstage following the Grammy awards on Wednesday and had a lot to say about America. Bono said, “We’ve always liked coming here. But this year, I’ve rediscovered my love of America — the great idea, as opposed to just the great country. It is a great idea. It’s worth defending. It’s also worth taking this idea around the world. Our deepest desire is that this will be the year where the United States is really looking outwards at what’s going on in the rest of the world. The shock of 9/11 wasn’t just watching the twin towers turn to dust. It was the aftershock of watching people jumping up and down in Pakistan, celebrating.”
You think, ‘How did this happen? What is going on that the country that liberated Europe should be seen like this?’ I don’t believe that’s a deserved position, but the United States is really [bad] at public relations. I think the United States has a role to play in the world that is not just as a police force.
“It seems like the idea of America has gone away in the last while. [Now] it’s just a great country, a success, a great military might. I actually believe in the idea of America. I’m really encouraged that that idea might catch on in the wake of this tragedy. That would be a fitting memorial for the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11 — that people will discover what America is about.”