04/09/2013 09:38 am ET

Bill Clinton Melts Stephen Colbert With Explanation Of Why He Does Humanitarian Work (VIDEO)

Bill Clinton is the "medusa of political persuasiveness," Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert told the former president during an interview aired Monday night. Colbert came prepared, armed with a hand mirror to deflect Clinton's charisma.

Colbert used it only once at the event -- held over the weekend at Clinton Global Initiative University -- when he questioned Clinton on why he had gotten so involved in humanitarian work after serving eight years as president.

"What is the grift here in helping people?" Colbert asked. "What's your secret plan here?"

"It's totally selfish," Clinton responded. "I do it because I'm good at it and I'm not good enough to play golf on the senior tour. And I don't play my saxophone as much as I used to so I don't like to do it in public. And it makes me happy. I do it because I think that for the life I've been given by the American people, I'd be kind of a slug if I didn't do it. I mean, I should do it. If you've had the life I've had and people have given you what they've given me."

"You see, I'm about to get you," Clinton continued as Colbert whipped out his mirror, averting Clinton's direct gaze.

"I'm agreeing with you, and that's dangerous," Colbert said.

"You know, I'm just doing what I think I should do, and that makes me happy," Clinton went on.

Watch the clip above.



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