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Clint Eastwood Yells At Chair (Video)

Clint Eastwood Yells At Chair (Video)
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When the news broke that Republicans would use Clint Eastwood as a “mystery speaker” at the Republican National Convention, most observers shrugged. It wasn’t viewed as a terrible move, but neither was it seen as a game-changer. No doubt, the actor-director would say some bland things supporting Romney, and maybe plug his new movie. The morning shows would use the video of Eastwood speaking as a background visual, and soon enough, people would forget it.

After Eastwood’s speech, nobody was shrugging.

Eastwood gave a rambling, off-color and at times angry address, at one point arguing with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair placed on stage. Eastwood went over time, off-script, and overshadowed Mitt Romney on a night that was supposed to re-introduce the GOP presidential candidate to the nation.

“So I — so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here.  And he’s — I was going to ask him a couple of questions,” Eastwood said. “remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles. They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is crying, Oprah was crying.”

Eastwood continued, “I was even crying.  And then finally — and I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million
unemployed people in this country.”

Eastwood’s unemployment figure was over by 10 million, but this was not a speech that called for fact-checking; this was a speech that called for cringing, which even Republican Gov. Scott Walker admitted to doing.

Eastwood ad-libbed most of his address. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told CNN that Eastwood had been given a script, but decided not to follow it.

Instead, Eastwood began arguing with an invisible, inaudible Obama.

“So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them?” Eastwood asked. “I mean, what do you say to people?  Do you just — you know – I know — people were wondering — you don’t — handle that OK. Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo.  And I thought, well closing Gitmo — why close that, we spent so much money on it.  But, I thought maybe as an excuse – what do you mean shut up?”

Eastwood did not take invisible Obama’s advice, however, and continued rambling, at one point saying, “I wondered about when the — what do you want me to tell Romney?  I can’t tell him to do that.  I can’t tell him to do that to himself. You’re crazy, you’re absolutely crazy.  You’re getting as bad as Biden.”

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8:08PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Yeah know pard, the best thing about Clint's bit of theater is that as there was nothing of substance from the entire RNC convention, Clint's brilliant acting is all anyone does remember of the RNC convention. At the end of the convention more than 50% of the commentary was about Eastwood's brilliant performance instead of summing up the high points of the convention.

Since neither Mitt nor Ryan said anything of substance Clint is all any of us do remember.
The next morning, when all of the talk shows should have been abuzz about all the important things (which there weren't any of) revealed about Mitt and Paul's plans to make the US better, instead it was abuzz about Clint Eastwood's fantastic theater talking to a chair.

Clint did us all a great service by burying a lackluster convention under an actor's theater macabre. Cheers pard, I think it's more points for us than your sorry excuse for a political party and all they are left with to try to pretend to elect.

7:36PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Year5s from now, nobody will remeber what anyone at Tampa said. But for a decade, everyone will remeber Clint and his friend, the chair !!

9:01AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

The problem with Clint Eastwood is that he is the epitome of what the Republican Tea Party has become. Famous and hungry for more money and power.

These people feel that since they have Inherited wealth (which is what most of them did--Romney and Ryan at the top of the heirs list--that they are more Blessed, more Intelligent and therefore should be in charge of running our country the way THEY think is right, without a thought or care about the rest of us.

They are also under the assumption that if you're not rich, famous or powerful, then what right have you to live in this country? All they care about you doing is paying for everything--for their wars and their tax cuts, then they want YOU to accept that Government won't be assisting you with anything anymore. They want to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Welfare and take the money for themselves.

Don't be Fooled! I've NEVER met a Republican who Liked any of these Social Programs. They've wanted to get rid of them since their beginnings---Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965---and no amount of saying that they want to 'save' these programs will convince me that they actually care. All they care about is Money, Power and their Egos!

7:11AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Poor Clint looked like a senile old fool. Eastwooding? Does that mean get up in front of a huge crowd and look like a doddering old man who can hardly remember what he's talking about? Ok, I guess that sums up the Republicans. Can't argue there!

5:42AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

EASTWOODING Is the new expose of Barack Hussein Obama's emptiness, he is EMPTY:
intellectually, politically, philosophically. Yes, he is an empty chair, an empty suit.

He is solely capable of one thing only: narcissism. EASTWOODING IS new tribute to emptiness!
Bravo Clint for an outstanding moment!

11:09PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

And Leanne, your comment on how "conservative white men are distasteful," is quite racist! I guess it's ok, when racial remarks are directed towards white people. Although I am neither Democrat or Republican, I know MANY conservative "white" men, who aid in animal rescue and issues of their welfare. Many of them happen to be my close friends. It just proves that EVERYONE can make biased remarks based on any race! That's what's "distasteful!"

11:02PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I wouldn't vote for Obama or Romney if you paid me. That goes for their VP choices as well. I am here for the animals and the environment. A HUGE fail for them all! And if you don't know those facts and you are on this site, then shame on you. I will vote for the CHAIR!

1:53PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

All the hate and attacks by the author of the article, and some comments, never took in consideration the reaction to Clint Eastwood's truthful comments and advise. We'll see how many "empty chairs" start popping around American homes lawns accross the Country. It will be an encouragement that gives voters an opportunity to fill the "empty chair" with someone capable to lead our great Country. Maybe then the problems with our economy and unemployment will be fulfilled with actions instead of empty promises.
http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/09/national-empty-chair-day-photos-from-around-country/

12:04PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Donna K, I liked your comment, the difference between Corporation & Country.
WE are running a COUNTRY not a Corporation. I heard the same comment last night among friends.
Romney DOES NOT offer what the majority of AMERICANS can embrace.

11:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

How embarrassing! Just like his family crying for attention with their super-fake reality drama. So much wrong with the Eastwood picture.

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