The Secretary of Explaining Stuff came to Miami on Tuesday – and he lived up to the new nickname given him by President Barack Obama.
From Medicare to education policy to the national debt, former President Bill Clinton held forth at Florida International University for a 40-minute speech that praised Obama and criticized Republican policy.
“The test is not whether you think everything’s hunky-dory – if that were the test, the president would vote against himself,” Clinton said. “He knows everything’s not hunky-dory. He knows how bad some people are hurting… The test is whether he’s taking us in the right direction – and the answer then is yes.”
In many ways, the speech was a reprise of the nationally watched speech Clinton gave last week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in which he presented a point-by-point rebuttal to the case Republicans had made at their own convention in Tampa a week earlier.
“I believe with all my heart that a society that basically says, ‘You’re on your own’ is never going to be as successful in a highly competitive and interdependent world as a society that says, ‘We don’t have a person to waste,’” he said. “We’re all in this together.”
Obama nicknamed Clinton the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” during a Saturday event in St. Petersburg.
“Somebody sent out a tweet, ‘He needs to be made Secretary of Explaining Stuff.’ I like that!” Obama said, “I have to admit, it didn’t say ‘stuff.’ ”
Clinton explained away on Tuesday in Miami, while Republican Mitt Romney's campaign was largely silent, saying the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shouldn’t be about politics. Both Obama and Romney pulled negative ads during a one-day 9/11 truce.