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Trouble with the chair: Clint mocked for RNC bit

By Derrik J. Lang

Associated Press


LOS ANGELES >> Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney.

"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," tweeted film critic Roger Ebert as Eastwood ad-libbed Thursday night to an audience of millions — and one empty chair — on stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. "He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."

Eastwood carried on a kooky, long-winded conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama, telling him that he failed to deliver on his promises, and it's time for Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to take over.

"Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?" he said at one point to the empty chair.

Twitter was instantly ablaze with comments mocking the Oscar-winning director of "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."

"Clint has now eclipsed the total word count of his last three films," tweeted film critic Richard Roeper during the speech, which was intended to last five minutes but went on for nearly 12.

Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," said "Clint's empty chair act" was the "weirdest convention moment I have ever seen." Joe Scarborough, the conservative host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," declared that "a great night for Mitt Romney just got sidetracked by Clint Eastwood."

Minutes after Eastwood began his speech, someone created an (at)InvisibleObama account on Twitter. It has already amassed 30,000 followers and counting.

"I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC," tweeted comic actor Bob Newhart, known for his one-sided conversation bits. "My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit."

The 82-year-old actor and director also talked about Oprah Winfrey, Obama's unfulfilled promise to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and lawyers. At one point, he referenced dismissing Obama and making a change.

"When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go," Eastwood said. The tough-guy actor of "Dirty Harry" fame then drew a finger across his throat.

The Obama campaign shot back afterward by tweeting a photo of the back of the president's chair, with Obama's head peeking over it, along with the line: "This seat's taken."

Romney's wife, Ann, said she appreciates Eastwood's support, even if the actor's monologue isn't earning rave reviews. Ann Romney said she did not know what to expect when Eastwood came on as a warm up act for the evening's speakers.

"He's a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night," she told "CBS This Morning."

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Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Like their Dear Leader Obama, the Liberals/Democrats can dish it out but they can't take it. Obama may claim that none of this bothers him when, in fact, it's obvious that he is very thin-skinned indeed. Waa. He deserves every last bit of ridicule he gets for his incompetence, to put it politely. His one-time plea for "civility" was actually meant for Republicans/Conservatives. Witness how he then quickly forgot THAT one. Fact of the matter is, he's nothing but a big fat LIAR, with legions of adoring fans trying desperately to prop up his miserably failed "presidency". Adios come November! Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out the door! Good riddance!
on August 31,2012 | 05:57AM
copperwire9 wrote:
So you think this was cool? When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go," Eastwood said. The tough-guy actor of "Dirty Harry" fame then drew a finger across his throat." If some famous actor does that cut-the-throat gesture toward Romney at the Democratic convention next week, will that be okay with you? Will it be cool? Will it seem appropriate to you?
on August 31,2012 | 02:09PM
thanks4reading wrote:
Obviously the door has hit you in the head a few times.
on August 31,2012 | 02:26PM
puka wrote:
It wasn't good but it was bad and it was ugly. Hated to see one of my favorite actors looking so feeble....physically and mentally.
on August 31,2012 | 06:09AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I had to close one eye because Clint was my hero but man did he look like a pathetic senile old faart. He sure didn't make my day.
on August 31,2012 | 07:42AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Of course Eastwood has aged a lot since his Dirty Harry days. But your Democrat bias is only the reason for your anti-Eastwood blog.
on August 31,2012 | 03:22PM
Larry01 wrote:
Yeah, what a big letdown after that great Super Bowl commercial.
on August 31,2012 | 08:39AM
Kuniarr wrote:
No, puka it was an excellent theatrical skit with Eastwood talking to an empty chair. The only reason Democrats call Eastwood's skit bad or ugly was only because of the anti-Obama content of the skit. If the contents of that skig was anti-Romney all Democrats would have had nothing but praise for Eastwood.
on August 31,2012 | 03:19PM
kailuaboys wrote:
How could you NOT vote for a candidate who is endorsed by Clint Eastwood?!
on August 31,2012 | 06:19AM
Larry01 wrote:
Easy, if that's the only criterion for voting.
on August 31,2012 | 08:40AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Wow. What was that all about? Eastwood has put out a lot of good stuff but this was pretty bad...and boring.
on August 31,2012 | 07:31AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The funny part was that the audience was laughing. I wonder if they were laughing with him or at him.
on August 31,2012 | 07:43AM
serious wrote:
Good point. I felt sorry for him--I am just about the same age and memory is a tough battle. But, I appreciate his guts to get up there and swing. The points obviously were that Obama promised a ton of things in his campaign---what happened? The D's controlled both houses--should have been a slam dunk.
on August 31,2012 | 08:22AM
Larry01 wrote:
Only controlled both houses for the first half. Things got very difficult after that....
on August 31,2012 | 08:41AM
tiki886 wrote:
That's because most Americans fired all the Dems in 2010 and Al Franken stole his seat which gave the Dems the edge in the Senate. He won his seat by 312 votes and that was fewer votes than the number of felons whose illegal ballots were counted, which was 341 according to Minnesota Majority’s newly released study, which matched publicly available conviction lists with voting records.

ACORN is a criminal conspiracy which fraudulently brought us ObamaCare.

on August 31,2012 | 04:04PM
France wrote:
Well Mitt, do you feel lucky?
on August 31,2012 | 07:45AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Mitt, make my day
on August 31,2012 | 09:30AM
kainalu wrote:
Remember when Eastwood did that spot for the Super Bowl, and some pundits were reading into the message that Eastwood was backing Obama? Clint felt compelled to inform the public that he "wasn't Obama's puppet". So, does this make him Romney's puppet? ... an old broken down puppet at that.
on August 31,2012 | 08:33AM
akuman808 wrote:
Clint should stay on the movie stage and not on the political stage. Likewise, Romney should stay off the political stage and stay on the private investment firm's platform. November President Obama will be relected and in Hawai Ben Cayetano will be be the next mayor.
on August 31,2012 | 09:03AM
tiki886 wrote:
Wrong. Obama is a third world commie dictator masquerading as POTUS. He will be defeated.
on August 31,2012 | 04:11PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Clint did a great job mocking Obama for what he has done and failed to do. The critics with the loudest voices are far left liberal Obama supporters. What else would you expect them to say? Clint's performance may not get him an Oscar, but it was funny. Move on.
on August 31,2012 | 09:03AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm not a supporter of Obama's socialism but the Republicans scare me even more.
on August 31,2012 | 10:13AM
tiki886 wrote:
on August 31,2012 | 07:25PM
star08 wrote:
At times, I thot he was funny esp. his entrendres. He was a bit off on his timing, ad libbed though it was. What really was he saying? Was he speaking to Ron Paul supporters? He's a libertarian so I don't think he was supporting Ryan/Romney but was commenting mostly on the failures of Obama to match his words, his promises with his actions.
on August 31,2012 | 09:03AM
tiki886 wrote:
He's the warm up act for Romney and you say he was not supporting Romney? What planet are you from? When he said 'we gotta let him go', who do you think Clint had in mind to replace Obama? Duh!
on August 31,2012 | 09:48AM
tiki886 wrote:
Obama was invited to come sit in the chair but he never showed up so Clint had to ad lib. I thought Clint was hilarious and he got his point across that we gotta let Obama go.

When all the Libs start going nuts, that means Clint got it right.

on August 31,2012 | 09:44AM
God Bless Clint..... !I watched the ENTIRE presentation and I got it! I am still laughing... The serious point was quite simple .it's time to let Obama go..he works for us, and has not got the job done.Better yet, why can't he just resign and let a more qualified person jump in..like Hillary
on August 31,2012 | 10:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I picture Eastwood and Akaka sitting down and using their forks to eat soup. Both guys need to know when to fold 'em and that was a long time ago.
on August 31,2012 | 10:54AM
Maipono wrote:
Clint Eastwood's performance was just great, I laughed, my wife laughed, and made an important point, this country, the United States of America belongs to all of us, and not the politicians. What's so bad about that? I think we get too into the politics to realize the simple genius of this message. If people want to grumble, ok, this is America, but Clint in my opinion is an icon, and I loved his monologue thouroghly.
on August 31,2012 | 11:30AM
TomM wrote:
Funny how the Republicans spend all their time blocking all of Obama's initiatives and then blame him for not getting anything done. BTW I feel that they are also responsible for the ecomomic mess the US is in. Poor Clint should retire and enjoy life.
on August 31,2012 | 01:24PM
hapaguy wrote:
They even block initiatives that they previously agreed with! They just cant stand the thought of a person of color as POTUS
on August 31,2012 | 02:45PM
wailuabob wrote:
HELLO!!! Listen to the message--not the messenger!
on August 31,2012 | 01:31PM
hapaguy wrote:
Message to Clint Eastwoods family: Time to take away his car keys!
on August 31,2012 | 01:33PM
thanks4reading wrote:
I truly believe that clint thought he was speaking to obama.
on August 31,2012 | 02:26PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The liberal media of course think badly of Clint Eastwood's performance with the empty chair simply because it was an Anti-Obama skit that Eastwood was doing with that empty chair.
on August 31,2012 | 02:43PM
hapaguy wrote:
Anyone that starts a comment with "the liberal media" immediately loses all credibility with any thoughtful intelligent person.....and that goes for comments that start with "soclailist Obama" and "Dear Leader Obama" also....only a right wing wack-job would make crazy statements like that
on August 31,2012 | 02:50PM
Kuniarr wrote:
There is no other way to group together Democrat loving MSNBC, CNN, etc. except to call these group liberal media. And only to you, hapaguy and all liberal Democrats do any defense of Eastwoon can be branded as "loses all credibility".
on August 31,2012 | 03:14PM
hapaguy wrote:
I'm not a Democrat. I'm an Independant. I voted for Ronald Reagan (twice). I also voted for the first Bush. I'm also not a liberal. I don't believe in abortion for instance. Lumping all media into the "Liberal Media" category is as intelligent as saying Fox News is unbiased. Yes MSNBC is left leaning and yes Fox News is right leaning. Any reasonably minded person can figure that out. You don't add any credibility to your argument when you start your comments out with nonsense......
on August 31,2012 | 05:10PM
tiki886 wrote:
How about, the dope smokin, coke snortin, commie dictator masquerading as POTUS? Did I lose my credibility with you? Good.
on August 31,2012 | 04:20PM
Kuniarr wrote:
And the response to Romney from Obama is to say forward from the failed policies of the past. Except that Obama is actually blaming himself for it is his himself he is blaming for the failed policies of the past (2008-2012).
on August 31,2012 | 02:50PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Obama is trying to capitalize on his 2008 mantra of Change and is now using the catch word Move Forward From The Failed Policies Of The Past.

Except that Obama is actually referring to himself when with his Failed Policies Of The Past because the past he is talking about is 2008 thru 2012
on August 31,2012 | 03:28PM
hapaguy wrote:
When Obama came into office the Republicans had wrecked our economy to the point that experts say it was the "worst recession since the great depression" which by the way, Republicans presided over that also. A little bit of history: from 1919 - 1933 Republicans had control of the White House, Senate, and the House. The Great Depression occured on their watch in 1929. The American people voted out the Repubs and Democrats took control in 1933 (White House, Senate, and House) and it took Dems 8 years and Keynesian Economics to turn around the damage done by the Republicans in 1929! In 2008 we were in a similar situation and Obama and the Dems only had control for two years and you expect them to turn things around in two years? With a House and Seate that unashamedly admits their #1 goal is to make sure Obama is a one term President? They block every proposal that Obama puts forth even proposals that Repubs once supported! The "trickle down" economics of the Repubs have been tried time and again and history has shown it to be a total disaster! Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it - Sir Edmund Burke, British Philosopher and father of modern political conservatism
on August 31,2012 | 03:46PM
tiki886 wrote:

Commie policies have never worked. Redistribution has never created wealth or created jobs.

on August 31,2012 | 04:27PM
hapaguy wrote:
Commie policies? Redistribution? Is that a response to my comments? If so, w t f are you talking about?
on August 31,2012 | 04:34PM
tiki886 wrote:
Keynesian economics is trickle up poverty.
on August 31,2012 | 04:43PM
hapaguy wrote:
You sir have no clue what you are talking about. Keynesian Economics has nothing to do with redistribution!......I will not reply further to your comments until you show some intelligence......
on August 31,2012 | 04:49PM
tiki886 wrote:
All we need to know is that you support a commie dictator as POTUS. Have a good day comrade.
on August 31,2012 | 07:30PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The problem here is that repeating what history demonstrated works actually does not today. Obama's Stimulus I and Stimulus II patterned after Roosevelt's New Deal was a dismal failure. That Obama did not learn a lesson from the failure of Stimulus I and II was demonstrated when he tried to pass off a Stimulus III as a Job legislatoin.
on August 31,2012 | 07:53PM
tiki886 wrote:
Obama's budget was voted down by the Senate in May of 2011, 0 to 97 and a 2nd time in 2012, 0 to 99 and the House of Representatives voted down Obama's budget 0 to 414 in March of this year. What Republican obstruction?
on August 31,2012 | 04:58PM
Yukio wrote:
I don't dislike Eastwood as much as feel sorry for him. He has earned his popularity through many years of hard work in Hollywood. Now when people think or talk about him, they'll remember his rambling at the RNC. Now that the conventions are done and over with, the media are talking about the great speeches at the DNC (e.g., Castro, Clinton, Obama, etc.) and at the RNC? Clint Eastwood and the empty chair.
on September 7,2012 | 09:31PM
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