Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rick Warren kneels for the Lord Paul Kagame

I'm at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., where the Rev. Rick Warren is hosting an event dedicated to honoring President Bush for his work on HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Warren is a high-powered and internationally recognized pastor, who hosted the presidential candidates at his church in August. And he has drawn some pretty serious star power to this forum, although most of it is by video.

But President-elect Barack Obama, President Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U2 rocker Bono, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame will all address the forum by video.

Mr. Blair and Mr. Kagame's videos, and maybe the others, will both be specifically aimed at saluting Mr. Bush, whose PEPFAR program (President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief) in Africa has given life-saving treatment to over 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, at a cost to the U.S. taxpayer of $15 billion over five years.

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