Colbert Galactic Initiative - Bill Clinton Pt. 3

  • Aired:  04/08/13
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President Bill Clinton advocates political participation, praises social networks and utilizes his new Twitter account, @PrezBillyJeff. (4:20)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

WE'RE AT THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY WITH THE NAMESAKE PRESIDENT BILL GLOBAL.

SIR, LET ME ASK YOU THIS, WHEN YOU THESE PEOPLE'S AGE YOU WERE GETTING INTO POLITICS.

WOULD YOU ADVISE PEOPLE AT THIS AGE TO GET INTO POLITICS NOW OR WOULD YOU ADVISE THEM TO GET

INTO NGOS?

>> FIRST OF ALL THEY ARE NOT ALL GOING TO GET INTO POLITICS AS CANDIDATES.

BUT IF THEY HAVE AN INTEREST, I WOULD ADVISE THEM TO DO IT.

I FEEL VERY PRIF LEBLGED TO HAVE -- PRIVILEGED TO HAVE HAD THE LIFE I HAVE AND I THINK IT'S

VERY IMPORTANT.

I ALSO BELIEVE THAT EVEN IF THEY GET IN NGO WORK THEY SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN ELECTION WORK.

A BIG PART OF THE LAST LAST, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS TURNED BY PEOPLE PART OF VAST SOCIAL NETWORKS

THAT OPERATED IN THE REAL WORLD, TOO.

THIS CAMPAIGN WAS THE HIGHEST POINT YET IN OUR POLITICS IN AMERICA ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE

OF USING THE SOCIAL NETWORKS TO ACTIVATE PEOPLE WHO WORKED DOOR TO DOOR FACE TO FACE WITH PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DON'T USE ALL OF THE INTERNET.

YOU DON'T E-MAIL, YOU DON'T FACEBOOK, YOU ARE NOT PINTERESTING.

>> I DO FACEBOOK.

>> Stephen: DO YOU TWEET?

>> NO, I THINK I'M INSECURE LIKE IT'S -- YOU KNOW, WHAT IF YOU TWEET AND NOBODY TWEETS BACK?

WHAT IF YOU TWEET AND YOU HAVE -- IF YOU ARE -- THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN A FRIENDLESS TWEETER.

YOU ARE WANDERING AROUND IN CYBERSPACE.

I DO A LOT OF -- I TEXT WITH MY FAMILY AND WITH TWO MY CHIEF OF STAFF ON MY CELL PHONE.

THAT'S ABOUT IT.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, WHEN I BECAME PRESIDENT THERE WAS NO E-MAIL.

THEN E-MAIL WAS LARGELY INTEROFFICE.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU COMMUNICATE?

>> TELEPHONE, SNAIL MAIL.

BLAH BLAH.

WHAT HAPPENED WAS.

AFTER I WAS PRESIDENT THERE WERE BLIZZARDS OF E-MAILS WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION, THE CONGRESS

SUBPOENAED THEM ALL AND ALL THESE YOUNG PEOPLE DRUNK WITH THE POWER OF NEW TECHNOLOGY SAID

THE FIRST THINGS THAT CAME TO THEIR HEADS SO SOME OF THESE E-MAILS WERE MILDLY EMBARRASSING.

>> Stephen: YOU DO NOT PRESENTLY TWEET?

SIR, I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF OPENING YOU A TWITTER ACCOUNT.

NOW, PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS TAKEN, WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON WAS TAKEN.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT PRES BILLY JEFF WAS AVAILABLE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BREAK INTO THE 21ST CENTURY RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR FIRST TWEET?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> YOU'LL TYPE IT?

>> Stephen: I'LL TYPE IT.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

>> JUST SPENT.

>> Stephen: JUST SPENT.

>> AMAZING TIME WITH COLBERT.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: SOUND GOOD?

>> QUESTION -- IS HE SANE?

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: IS HE SANE?

>> HE IS COOL.

>> Stephen: CAN I PUT AN EXCLAMATION MARK AT THE END AFTER THIS, SIR.

>> I HAVEN'T USED 140, YOU CAN.

>> Stephen: ANYTHING ELSE?

>> NO, NO, I'M DONE.

>> Stephen: JUST SPENT AN AMAZING TIME WITH COLBERT.

HE IS SANE?

HE IS COOL.

#CGI.

EXACTLY.

TWEET.

SIR, WELCOME TO THE FUTURE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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