“We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of all the love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where. We’d be nowhere at all."
“Thanks to all this compassion, thanks to all this love, more than 8 million people are on treatment. Thanks to people who have chosen to care and to act, we can see an end to this epidemic on the horizon.”
You can see the video here, on the Daily Caller.
In fact, on Yahoo's 'Spinners and Winners' with Jonathan Karl, without hesitation he credited Bush as being the president who has done the most to combat AIDS. Who would have thought someone who was so vocally anti-Bush would suddenly have such a change of heart. He also had some high praise for both George and Laura. He met Bush at the Kennedy Center Honors Concert, and said of him:
"He was amazingly informed about AIDS. He treated us with such kindness. I had so much respect for him."
The respect came especially after Bush enacted the $15 million President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to treat and prevent AIDS in Africa.
He went on to say:
"One of the old adages in life says never judge someone until you meet them," John I didn't like his policies but I have to say when I met him "I found him charming. I found him well informed. And I found him determined to do something about the AIDS situation. So I changed my opinion of him. And his wife was astonishingly kind to us, as well."
"I learned a lesson."
This from someone who called Bush "the worst thing that ever happened to America."
Of course, he loves Obama for all he's done re. gay marriage and 'don't ask, don't tell", but kudos to Elton for giving credit where credit's due.
And here the liberals think the conservatives are so anti-gay.