AUSTIN, Texas—Before Bill Clinton proceeded to the serious business of making a pitch for his wife here at Austin Community College, he had to clear something up.
The man who introduced Clinton, former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, badly mangled a saying involving a rooster and the dawn.
His point appeared to have something to do with the dangers of investing too much hope in the rhetoric of certain unnamed politicians, but the convoluted aphorism drew only bemused looks and muted laughter among the crowd.
Clarification, however, was at hand.
“I think what he meant was: just because the rooster crows when the sun rises, it doesn’t mean the rooster made it rise,” the former president explained.
Warming to his theme, Clinton continued, “The other side of that is: if you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.
“I’m glad we got that out of the way. Hello.”