Thursday, November 15, 2012
Moynihan, Charlotte-based Bank of America’s CEO, shared a stage at Georgetown University with the Irish rock star this week when Moynihan introduced the U2 singer as the keynote speaker at the school’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative.
“Thank you, Brian; a gentleman in a world where that quality isn’t always on tap. A very special man,” Bono said of the banker, according to a transcript.
Kindred spirits? Moynihan, of course, hails from Boston, has an Irish heritage and attended Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish. His bank is also a major sponsor of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown.
Not everyone was thrilled. One blog reports the mostly college-age crowd mumbled a bit about Moynihan’s appearance, and some whispered about starting an Occupy Wall Street chant.
They were put at ease when Bono praised his bank buddy because of BofA’s financial support of a U2 project.
“The band is committed, as you heard, to the idea that every school kid in Ireland will have access to free music lessons if they need them, so Brian has been helping us out with that.”