There were the following lines in former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention held on September 5th;
“In Tampa the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn’t finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in.
I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.”
What does “put a floor under the crash” mean? Does it mean to lay the solid foundation by cleaning up rubbles? Is it a popular idiom?
Additionally, I’d like to know why it’s ‘We’ in the phrase referring to the Republican argument “We left him a total mess.” Who is “We”? Is it Republicans? Isn’t it Republicans’ argument that “He (President Obama) left us (American economy) a total mess, not Republican left Obama a total mess? This sounds like Republicans destructively left President Obama (and his policy) a total mess.”
I don’t think former President misspoke, but I can’t understand who “We” are. Can you clarify the logic?