Last night, Bill Gates visited Stephen Colbert to discuss, among other things, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the course of the conversation, Colbert applauded Gates’ efforts to, inter alia, end polio worldwide, but followed up with a pointed question:
Why are you helping people in other countries, when there are still things to be fixed in the United States. You’re an American, sir. What’s wrong with fixing America before we fix anywhere else?
Fortunately for Bill, he was able to point to his foundation’s diversification:
Well, our big cause in the United States is education. We’re incredibly thankful to all the help we had that allowed us to be successful.
So Stephen followed up with a softball — this was clearly intentional —
Was there a Bill Gates in your past? Was there somebody like Bill Gates in your past?
— and, Bill whiffed:
No, but the whole environment, where I got a great education… we wanted to pick the thing we thought was most important for the country… I think education is the right choice.
Really, Bill Gates, Jr.?
Your father would probably have something different to say about the lack of “somebody like Bill Gates” in your life.