For the love of money, money, money

trump-dollars-both-sidesFriday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, U2 opened with a fiery version of “Desire.” Halfway through the song, confetti cascaded down from the rafters on a delighted and energized audience. The last time we saw a confetti drop at a U2 show was during “Until The End Of The World” on the Innocence + Experience tour, when the band littered fans with pages from Alice In Wonderland, Dante’s Inferno and Psalms. But on Friday night, as Bono was belting out “for the love of money, money, money” and shouting, “Las Vegas, are you ready to gamble?” in sync with video clips of Donald Trump’s apocalyptic announcement that “the American Dream is dead,” Trump-dollars rained down from the heavens.

In the grand fashion of Zoo TV, those Trump-dollars were loaded with tiny aphorisms. Some were affirmations, some were warnings. Here are the messages they contained….

(All messages were in caps; notes in parentheses are mine)

Front side:

MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN

IN DOLLAR WE TRUST

THE DIS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

10000000000

NON FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE

SERIES 2016

MONEY, MONEY, I WANT MORE MONEY

IHR 09232016

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Back side:

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE PROMISED LAND BELONGS THE THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST

IF WE EVER FORGET THAT WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD THEN WE WILL BE A NATION GONE UNDER –RONALD REAGAN

1 BUT NOT THE SAME

AMERICA’S NOT JUST A COUNTRY, IT’S AN IDEA

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

MY DREAM IS OF A PLACE AND A TIME WHERE AMERICA WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SEEN AS THE LAST BEST HOPE OF EARTH (Abraham Lincoln)

AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN UNITED BY BLOOD OR BIRTH OR SOIL. WE ARE BOUND BY IDEALS (George W. Bush, Inaugural address, 2001)

OTHERS MAY HATE YOU, BUT THOSE WHO HATE YOU DON’T WIN UNLESS YOU HATE THEM (Richard Nixon’s final speech, August 9, 1974)

THINK ABOUT EVERY PROBLEM, EVERY CHALLENGE, WE FACE. THE SOLUTION TO EACH STARTS WITH EDUCATION (George W. Bush, April 18, 2001)

EVERY GUN THAT IS MADE, EVERY WARSHIP LAUNCHED, EVERY ROCKET FIRED SIGNIFIES, IN THE FINAL SENSE, A THEFT FROM THOSE WHO HUNGER AND ARE NOT FED, THOSE WHO ARE COLD AND ARE NOT CLOTHED (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Change for Peace speech, April 16, 1953)

NOBODY WILL EVER DEPRIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE EXCEPT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES—AND THE ONLY WAY THEY COULD DO THAT IS BY NOT VOTING (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Radio address from the White House, October 5, 1944)

MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY ANSWER BUT IT MAKES DIFFERENCE (Barack Obama)

I WOULD RATHER BELONG TO A POOR NATION THAT WAS FREE THAN TO A RICH NATION THAT HAD CEASED TO BE IN LOVE WITH LIBERTY (Woodrow Wilson, October 27, 1913)

A PRESIDENT’S HARDEST TASK IS NOT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, BUT TO KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT (Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union address, January 4, 1965)

WE ARE THE CHANGE THAT WE SEEK (Barack Obama, February 5, 2008)

THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF (Franklin D. Roosevelt, first inaugural address, March 4, 1933)

5 Responses to For the love of money, money, money

  1. Former U2 fan October 1, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    Funny… where are the Hillary dollars with slogans like…

    “Live matter… unless you live in Benghazi.”

    “I’m so incompetent I didn’t know ‘C’ stood for ‘confidential”.”

    “I stand up for women, unless you’re one of the money-grubbing
    whores my husband slept with… again and again.”

    “I take money from terrorists in the name of charity.”

    Sounds like U2 needs to pull their heads out of their arses.

    • Got my U2boots on October 2, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

      Odd, you call yourself a “former fan”, and yet here you are, reading a U2 blog site…

      • Michael October 5, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

        maybe he read this post and is now no longer a fan.

        this is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

        and no, I am not a fan of Trump.

        it’s just trump and bono aren’t that different.

        both megalomaniacs. and both hate paying taxes.

        MAYBE BONO CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT!!!

  2. U2Junkie October 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    A huge fan, but believe they should not align themselves with an American Political Party nor slight the other one so strongly. I love that they are politically involved, but insinuating who the best candidate is by using their stage is a bit much even for this die-hard fan.

  3. Michael October 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    BONO IS A TOOL.

    MONEY, MONEY, MONEY – YEAH. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND A U2 “CONCERT”?

    BONO AND TRUMP SHOULD REALLY BE BFF – THEY BOTH LOVE AVOID PAYING TAXES.

    U2 = THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BAND*

    * = WHEN IT COMES TO HYPOCRISY.