CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Hundreds of people waited, some for hours, to see former President Bill Clinton who was in Coral Gables to sign his newest book. Some wanted to talk politics, but others just wanted the chance to meet the man who was once leader of the free world.
He was probably one of best Presidents ever," Ron Castellano said as he waited in line to see Clinton. "So I thought it was a great opportunity..."
The former President signed copies of the book, "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy", at Books & Books in Coral Gables.
In his book, Mr. Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring energy, economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy, job creation, and financial responsibility and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business."
Asked to describe his book in one sentence, Clinton said, "It's practical. It's about the real world. It tries to join politics with the way things are."
He also explains how we got into the current economic crisis, and lays down a plan for long-term prosperity. He offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses. He supports President Obama's emphasis on green technology, saying that changing the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy while enhancing our national security.
"One of the real problems we have in America, and around the world today, is that what is good politics and what is sometimes good news coverage is conflict," he said. "but what works in the economy is cooperation, networking, the kinds of things you do when you get on the internet and are talking with your friends."
Thursday's signing event was sold out, but even with a ticket people still started waiting in line at 10 a.m. for the afternoon event.
Even though Clinton was there to sell books, he couldn't resist a question about the Republican presidential race.
"It looks like a process of elimination," he said with a grin. "It looks like they keep bringing one up and knocking one down. "
"It's impossible for me or anyone else to know where it will be in a month from now. We'll just wait to see what happens."
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