Matt Damon wants to kiss George Bush

Matt Damon, known for his liberal politics, gave credit where credit was due to former President George W. Bush.

And he said he’d do it with more than just thanks.

“I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR,” he told The Atlantic in an extensive interview about his charity work.

“You know, PEPFAR is an incredible thing just in terms of how many lives it saved,” Damon continued,”These ARVs have a Lazarus effect on people. You see a picture of them before and then you see them vibrant, alive, working. Their whole family has been dragged down by the illness and now this. I went on a trip in 2006 (to Africa) and I just had a sense of national pride going around, talking to these people, and they were so happy, they would say, ‘America,’ and I was saying, ‘Yeah, our president did that, and it’s terrific.’ It’s such an obvious connected thing. People aren’t going to hate you when you’re saving their lives.”

PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which Bush advocated and signed into law, has provided AIDS treatment for almost 4 million people. With pregnancy testing and treatment, it has prevented infection in 200,000 newborns. It also fights Tuberculosis and Malaria, things that don’t even enter our consciousness in the first world. It is an incredible program with phenomenal success.

Patheos’s and SixSeeds’s own Tom Walsh travels frequently to Africa on behalf of PEPFAR and blogs at C’est What?

Damon, who works extensively with Water.org, providing water to the world’s poor, cares enough about the world’s poor to educate himself and to cross party lines when credit is due.

Big round of applause, Matt!

About Rebecca Cusey

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  • Bo

    Translation of Matt’s comments about Bush: “Even a blind pig picks up an acorn once in awhile”.

  • blackbird

    Good for Matt, I hope he realizes the failings of his liberal politics.

  • mrojas

    Matt Damon I commend you. At least the guy has enough Class to say what he believes Right or wrong. Maybe some of his Hollyweird buddies will have some of his class rub off on them. I doubt it but Ya never know. Matt good luck to you and I hope this article doesn’t get you thrown out of Hollyweird.

  • http://aol ediesue

    He is still a son of a bitch!


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