Chelsea Clinton Interviews Mom, Hillary, at Clinton Global Initiative

5:52 PM PST 09/24/2011 by THR Staff

The 31-year-old joined her parents on stage for the seventh annual conference, where President Barack Obama also served as a speaker.

Chelsea Clinton demonstrated her public speaking chops at the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday, Sept. 22, in New York City. The daughter of Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took the stage in front of a wide variety of world leaders, philanthropists and business executives, to question her mother on a series of wide ranging issues.

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The 31-year-old quizzed Hillary on communication, technology and world food needs, according to the AP. Chelsea also used the opportunity to inform the audience that she had helped her mother conquer text messaging, and that her father still referred to the Internet as the World Wide Web.

In its seventh year, the Clinton Global Initiative aims to bring government and the private sector together, as they address pressing world issues. The event takes place in Manhattan at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, with attendees committing to taking action on various conference topics. Aside from the Clinton family, President Barack Obama also joined the initiative as a speaker.

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"If we are too successful in the struggle for wealth and power, we will be too successful in robbing people of their dignity, and we will pay a terrible price," said the commander in chief.

"I want to see us moving toward a world where we do try to maximize the God-given potential of every person," added Hillary, who noted that with the new era of communication tools, "we're in the age of participation."

Hillary called on governments and other organizations to be responsive to public voices, by learning "how to help catalyze, unleash, channel the type of participatory eagerness that is there."

"You should be grateful that you're living in a time when you've been given a chance to build a new world," Former President Clinton said in his closing. "The uncertainties of the moment don't have to exist 10 years from now."

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