Colbert Galactic Initiative - Bill Clinton Pt. 1

  • Aired:  04/08/13
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President Bill Clinton explains why he doesn't call the Clinton Global Initiative the Clinton American Initiative. (7:19)

GREATNESS.

BUT ENOUGH TALK IT'S TIME FOR CONVERSATION.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LAST

GOVERNMENT SURPLUS, THE MOST BELOVED LIVING PRESIDENT OTHER THAN MARTIN SHEEN AND MY FUTURE

CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND, PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON, BILLY JEFF CLINTON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

♪ ♪ ♪ DON'T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW ♪ THANK YOU, SIR.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

♪ YESTERDAY'S GONE ♪ ♪ YESTERDAY'S GONE ♪

>> THANK YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

♪ ♪

>> Jon: I HAD TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER TASTE OF ME.

THEY DESERVE IT.

MR. PRESIDENT, WELCOME TO THE COLBERT GALACTIC INITIATIVE ON ITS INAUGURAL NIGHT.

THIS VEALY IMPRESSIVE.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

WE PUT IT TOGETHER QUICKLY.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS ON MY BUCKET LIST I JUST ADDED SOMETHING, CLIMBING KILIMANJARO

BEFORE THE SNOWS MELT, RIDING A HORSE ACROSS THE GOBI DESERT AND NOW I WANT TO GO INTO OUTER

SPACE ON ONE OF YOUR SPACESHIPS.

>> Stephen: IF YOU'LL PROVIDE THE FUNDING I'LL FIND SOMEBODY TO BUILD IT.

>> THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY TELL MS. HE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON MAY I CALL YOU BILLY JEFF.

>> ONCE THE PRESIDENT LEAVES OFFICE, YOU CAN CALL HIM ANYTHING YOU LIKE.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

I'M HONORED.

[LAUGHTER]

BEFORE WE START A COUPLE OF GROUND RULES, ALL RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I'M HERE IN THIS VENUE AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WE'RE BROADCASTING RIGHT NOW ON

THE COLBERT REPORT.

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT PROGRAM?

>> I AM.

>> Stephen: THIS IS NOT CHARLIE ROSE, BUDDY.

I'M GOING TO BRING IT HOT.

I'M GOING TO BRING IT HARD WITH A SIDE OF TRUTH.

HERE ARE THE RULES.

IF YOU START FILIBUSTERING, I WILL CUT YOU OFF.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW I COULD ASK YOU HOW YOU ARE DOING AND 15 MINUTES LATER YOU ARE TALKING

ABOUT MICROLOANS TO SUMATRA.

SECOND.

WE'RE MILES AWAY POLITCALLY FROM EACH OTHER.

SO, IF I FIND MYSELF AGREEING WITH YOU BECAUSE OF THE FAMED CLINTON CHARISMA, I WILL

CONTINUE THE INTERVIEW STARING INTO A HAND MIRROR.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BECAUSE YOU ARE THE MEDUSA OF POLITICAL PERSUASIVENESS.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

>> I DO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE ALL SET.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME.

>> I'M GLAD TO BE HERE AND GLAD TO BE WITH YOU AND YOUR MIRROR.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

SIR, THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE GETS SO MUCH DONE BUT MY FIRST QUESTION FOR YOU IS WHY

HELP OTHER PEOPLE?

[LAUGHTER]

WEIGHS IN IT FOR YOU?

>> I WANT TO LEAVE MY DAUGHTER AND GRANDCHILDREN I HOPE TO HAVE AND ALL THESE YOUNG PEOPLE A

BETTER WORLD.

I THINK THE REASON YOU SHOULD DO THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT BOTTOM IS SELFISH.

THERE'S NO REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELLISH AND SELFLESS IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE WORLD WORKS.

WE'RE TIED TOGETHER.

>> Stephen: THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELFISH AND SELFLESS?

>> NOT IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE WORLD WORKS.

WE LIVE IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD.

SUPPOSE YOU ARE IN AMERICA AND WORRIED ABOUT GROWTH TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.

WE'RE 4% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION.

WE HAVE 20% OF INCOME.

THE MORE YOU REDUCE POVERTY OVERSEAS, THE MORE YOU INCREASE EDITION AND IMPROVE HEALTH CARE

AND EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS, THE MORE THERE'S GROWTH OVERSEAS, THERE'S GLOBAL GROWTH AND THE

BETTER OFF AMERICANS WILL BE.

IF EVERY TIME YOU CUT OFF SOMEBODY ELSE'S OPPORTUNITIES YOU SHRINK YOUR OWN.

>> Stephen: WHY GLOBAL INITIATIVE?

WHY NOT CALL IT THE CLINTON AMERICA INITIATIVE.

SHOULDN'T WE FIX EVERYTHING HERE FIRST?

U.S.A. NUMBER ONE FIRST.

THAT'S THE FIRST LINE OF CONSTITUTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> WE SHOULD BE FIXING AMERICA AND IT SHOULD BE THE ECONOMIC PRIORITY BUT YOU CAN'T STOP THE

WORLD, GET OFF AND GET ON WHEN YOU GET GOOD AND READY.

OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE UNFOLDING AND FIXING AMERICA IN PART DEPENDS UPON HAVING A MORE

RECEPTIVE WORLD TO IMPROVE IN, ONE THAT MAKES OUR GROWTH MORE RELEVANT AND MORE EFFECTIVE.

IT DOESN'T COST A LOT OF MONEY.

WE GIVE A SMALLER PERCENTAGE OF OUR INCOME IN FOREIGN ASSISTANCE, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

DOES, THAN ANY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

>> Stephen: BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE CUTOFFS I'M GOING TO DO HERE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT THE ASSISTANCE WE GIVE IS BETTER ASSISTANCE BECAUSE IT'S AMERICA DOING IT.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO MATCH THE REST OF THE WORLD?

WHO WANTS HELP FROM SWEDEN?

>> FIRST OF ALL, I'M NOT SURE IT IS BETTER.

>> Stephen: YOU JUST SAID AMERICA'S ASSISTANCE IS NOT BETTER THAN OTHER COUNTRIES.

YOU ARE SAYING HELP FROM BELGIUM IS AS GOOD AS HELP FROM THE UNITED STATES.

>> I DIDN'T SAY THAT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I SAID THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ALSO DO ASSISTANCE VERY WELL AND SOME OF

THEM DO IT BY GIVING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF THEIR DOLLARS OR THEIR EQUIVALENT CURRENCY IN THE

COUNTRY THAN WE DO.

>> Stephen: AT THE CORE OF THE QUESTION IS WHY DO YOU IT.

YOU SPENT EIGHT YEARS AS PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES.

YOU'VE ALREADY HAD A BIG JOB BUT SINCE YOU LEFT YOU STARTED THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, GLOBAL

INITIATIVE, CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE, CLINTON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVE,

CLIMATE INITIATIVE AND MORE I CAN'T FIT HERE.

AREN'T YOU --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GO AHEAD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WHY AREN'T YOU EXHAUSTED?

I'M 20 YEARS YOUNGER THAN YOU ARE AND I'M OUT OF BREATH FROM LISTING WHAT YOU DO.

>> WELL, WHEN YOU GET OLDER YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO WORK.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKE A JEDI MIND TRICK.

WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?

>> YOU HAVE THREE KIDS, RIGHT?

>> Stephen: I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, YES.

>> WHEN THEY ARE ALL OUT OF COLLEGE YOU'LL HAVE MORE TIME TO WORK.

>> Stephen: OH, I GUESS SO, YEAH.

I WORK PRETTY HARD NOW THOUGH.

ARE YOU SAYING YOU WORK HARDER NOW THAN YOU WERE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

IF SO, SHOULDN'T YOU GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK?

>> I DON'T THINK I WORK HARDER NOW BUT I WORK ABOUT AS HARD.

>> Stephen: MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK.

CAN YOU STICK AROUND?

>> I'LL DO IT.

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH