09/10/2013 10:10 am ET

Rahm Emanuel On Letterman: Chicago Mayor Does 'The Late Show' (VIDEO)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took a load off in David Letterman's hot seat Monday night, discussing topics ranging from his former boss President Obama's push for support on his plan on Syria to gun violence in the Windy City.

Letterman led off the 15-minute interview with a question about Chicago's "unbelievable" violence.

"It's actually on its way down, we're down 25 percent, 24 percent on shootings and crime," the mayor responded, shortly before expressing his support for the president's proposed universal background checks on gun purchases.

Emanuel also spoke to the president's Syria push, saying, "I think the Congress of the United States should make sure America stands tall at this moment."

The mayor also confirmed he plans to run for reelection and again described working on the fifth floor of City Hall as "the best job I've ever had in public life." After he's done with the mayorship? "I was thinking of this late-time talk show thing."

And, of course, the interview wouldn't have been complete without the mayor's Bill Clinton impersonation (7:15 into the video above).

Emanuel's "Late Show" appearance proceeded the Wednesday debut of the Discovery Channel's new series about White House Chiefs of Staff, "The President's Gatekeepers."

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