Bill Clinton - Coming Together for the Clinton Global Initiative

September 15, 2016 - Bill Clinton 09/15/2016 Views: 11,617

Former President Bill Clinton talks about Hillary Clinton's bout with pneumonia and describes the philanthropic mission of the Clinton Global Initiative. (5:44)

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please welcomePresident Bill Clinton.

(cheering, applause)

Thanks!

Welcome to the show.

Thanks.

Thank you so muchfor being here.

I watch you.

I'm oneof your older demographic.

Oh, I, uh, would have thoughtyou were 18 to 34.

No, but I don't even think thatwhen I look in the mirror.

(laughter)

Nicely played, nicely played.

But I am home alone a lot,so I get to watch you on TV.

Oh, well, thank you very mu...

That's-that's reallya great compliment.

Um, before we getinto the interview,

how is Hillary doing?

Great. She looked greatwhen she left this morning,

and I turned on the TVand saw her in North Carolina.

She looked great.She just called

and said she got home,

and she still feels good.

Big deal, she had pneumonia.

-People get it all the time.-(laughter)

Can I ask an honest question,though?

When-When you...when you're watching the video,

I know that I was--

I mean, a lot of people hereat the show were...

Y-You're afraidwatching the video.

You-you go, "Oh, is something...is everything okay?

Is-is something happening?"

Wh-Wh... Are you afraidwhen you see that?

Well, uh,you're always concerned,

but I was pretty sureI knew what it was,

because she... had beenworking hard.

She was dehydrated.

She'd been standing upa long time there.

And, you know, the... she wantedto go to that 9/11 ceremony,

and we both thoughtit would be okay.

She felt good, but...

It's not surprising, uh...

You showed that clipof President Obama

in Philadelphia, and somebody...

-Fainted in the crowd.-Fainting, yeah.

It happens a lot to me,and 90% of the time,

it's just people dehydrated.

And so I-I didn't worrytoo much about it.

And, sure enough,she got examined.

That's what the doctor said.

But she also said,"You do have pneumonia."

And it used to be called,when I was young,

-walking pneumonia.-Yeah.

But sometimes you can't walkanymore and you got to rest,

so that's what she did.(chuckles)

Well, it's good to hear,good to hear.

Um, let's get into the reasonyou're back in New York.

Here for the, uh, 12th annualClinton Global Initiative.

It really is a coming togetherof some of the most powerful

and influential peoplein the world.

Why do these people cometogether for this initiative?

Why does everyone feelthat it is so important?

I think the primary reason is,

and the primary reasonI started it,

is that people come here andthey talk about a lot of things

that are both in the newsand are long-term problems.

And thenthey actually make a commitment

to do something about it.

And we have a staffthat works year-round

to help them developand then keep those commitments,

so that it's a change agent.

And I-I think it's really donea lot to change philanthropy.

I mean, more and more peoplein other forums

are trying to do the same thing.

Don't just talk about something;tell me what you're gonna do.

-Yeah. -And becausewe were really the first group

to try to organize government,business, labor,

non-governmental organizations,philanthropists,

organizations big and small,to actually work together.

And we now have analyzedall these commitments.

The ones where peopleare working together

with a lot of partnersget better results quicker

and tend to actually doslightly better

than the goal they set.

There are...there are 11½ million people--

the last time I checked--

who now have accessin developing countries,

to AIDS medicationbecause of the foundation.

Everywhere in Africa, theClinton Foundation has touched.

Uh, these are governmentsthat you're working with.

These are peoplethat you're working with.

Why is this the final CGI?

Why is this the final gathering?

Well, first of all, the questionthat you're asking of me,

it has to clarify something.

Unless one of the partnersat CGI asks my foundation,

-which is separate fromthe Global Initiative, -Yeah.

to work with them, I just gothere and try to raise money

and resources for other people.

The work we do in health carehas been an independent entity,

our Health Access Initiative,since 2010.

And it's not gonna be shut down,

but because you can't doglobal health care

on a scale like we do,

like more than half the peoplein the world

in poor countrieson AIDS medicine

-get the cheapest, best medicinefrom our group. -Right.

They build health systems,they cut malaria prices.

They do all this other stuff.

You can't do thatwithout government help.

And so if Hillarybecomes president,

that has to betotally arm's-length.

I can't be involved in itat all.

It needs to be an independententity, and it will be.

But what we've donehas been really...

Th-That's including 75%of all the little kids

in the world who arestaying alive today with AIDS

and are gonna have normal lives,

get their medicineoff contracts negotiated.

But we're buildinghealth systems in Rwanda.

We built hospitals therewith Partners in Health

for all over the countrythat was destroyed

-after the, after thegenocide there. -Yeah.

It's exhilarating, and that'sjust one of the things we do.

But if you just are tryingto make something good happen,

and you work together,it's not as hard as it sounds.

It's just that I,because I had been president,

and I knew a lotof these people,

we could put this together, and

most of the credit goesto the people

who actually do this work,not me.

I just tryto start the balls rolling.