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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 5:29 p.m.

Photos: ‘The Beginning of the End of AIDS’

President Barack Obama, HIV, AIDS

President Barack Obama speaks to the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention at The Beginning of the End of Aids event in the Jack Morton Auditorium Wednesday morning. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

Bono, U2, HIV, AIDS

Lead singer of Irish rock band U2, Bono, greets audience members before the start of the panel discussion. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

HIV, AIDS, Florence Ngobeni-Allen

Florence Ngobeni-Allen is applauded for her powerful commentary on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Ngobeni-Allen is HIV positive and lost two children to the disease. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

President Barack Obama, AIDS, HIV

President Barack Obama receives a standing ovation in Jack Morton Auditorium. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor



Bono, sitting alongside Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, far left, and musician Alicia Keys, middle, speaks with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, about growing HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta serves as the panel discusison moderator at the HIV/AIDS awareness event. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

HIV AIDS panel Jack Morton

The star-studded panel included renowned musicians Alicia Keys and Bono, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as well as other distinguished HIV/AIDS activists. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the crowd via satellite. Other guests to grace the big screen included former President George W. Bush, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, and musical artist Elton John. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor


President Barack Obama is surrounded by media and enthusiastic audience members as he exits Jack Morton Auditorium after his address Wednesday morning. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

  • Sue Connor

    While I understand the security concerns for an event of this magnitude, I still think is a shame that students were not allowed to attend.

  • Angela

    Sue, Many students did attend. Keep in mind this was NOT a GWU sponsored event. The event organizers paid to use JMA. With that said, they did provide some seats for students. Clearly it is a wonderful opportunity to promote our great GDub to a WORLDWIDE audience since in much of the coverage GWU is mentioned.

  • Michael

    Sue, students did attend. The ONE Campaign rented the space and had every right to give tickets to those who they wanted to come to the event. The administration did not have say over who got tickets. If they had their way, every event would be 100% students. But it can’t be. Thankfully, a handful of students were allowed inside, including me.

  • michelle

    Check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the Grammy Award winning music producer Steve Liliywhite who has worked with U2, Dave Matthews Band, etc at:

  • Henry Jansen

    Hi, I’m from South Africa and unfortunately did not see the broadcast event, is it possible to buy the video footage of the event? Also, a similar event / show was screened in 2006/2007 with Bill Clinton (President and the time) on CNN, are there any archives available to purchase or view these to events?

    Thanking you in advance

    Henry Jansen
    +27 41371 1199
    +2774 876 2222

  • Ayy

    Thanks for the question. I’m a non-denominational miisetnr. I focus more on love and friendship than any sort of religion. Since so many people have so many different beliefs, I focus more on the beauty of the moment than anything else. I hope this helps answer your question.

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