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Eastwood talks about convention chat with chair

By Associated Press


LOS ANGELES >> Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down.

In his first interview since he attended the convention to pledge his support for Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, a small California weekly newspaper, that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous.

"There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood told the newspaper, which published the article Friday. "When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I'll just put the stool out there and I'll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody."

Eastwood's peculiar, sometimes rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair set the blogosphere and social media ablaze. His appearance was intended to be a ringing endorsement for Romney, but the esteemed 82-year-old actor and director opened himself up to ridicule.

Eastwood said he achieved what he set out to do and got across three points.

"That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job," Eastwood said. "But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it."

Eastwood's longtime manager, Leonard Hirshan, told The Associated Press he was not aware of the Pine Cone newspaper article. "You're telling me something for the first time," he said. Hirshan stressed that as a manager, he wouldn't necessarily know about Eastwood's dealings with the media. The actor has no publicist.

While Eastwood said his presentation was "very unorthodox," that was his intent from the outset and he had plenty of people giving him advice on what to say.

"Everybody had advice for me, except the janitor," Eastwood said.

Eastwood said he was told to speak for five minutes but he said it was difficult to gauge time and there weren't any signals or cues telling him to wrap up.

Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, later came backstage to thank him.

"They were very enthusiastic, and we were all laughing," Eastwood said.

Eastwood, who stars in the upcoming movie "Trouble with the Curve," maintains Obama doesn't deserve a second term as president.

"President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood said. "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle."

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gtracer66 wrote:
I thought Eastwood's conversation with the chair was classic. He made his point and didn't bother to be PC. We need more people who are willing to risk ridicule to get their message out. Eastwood told it like is is. Dirty Harry lives!
on September 7,2012 | 09:54AM
bender wrote:
Clint showed his politicaly naivity and made a fool of himself. I think senility might be setting in, along with a mild case of dementia.
on September 8,2012 | 10:31AM
Yukio wrote:
Eastwood was an embarrassment to himself and to the Republicans. The only thing worse would have been Sarah Palin talking about foreign policy. The Democrats should be happy with how the conventions turned out.
on September 7,2012 | 10:16AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Eastwood's commentary was so painfully true. Indeed, Obama is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people.
on September 7,2012 | 10:35AM
false wrote:
Take more hopium. You are going to need it.
on September 7,2012 | 10:35AM
ghstar wrote:
It's impossible to embarrass the republicans
on September 7,2012 | 11:12AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Well, if over half of their convention boo'd God they would have been. Apparently that doesn't embarrass democrats though.
on September 7,2012 | 03:09PM
bender wrote:
Haha. I think Eastwood and Donald Trump would make a nice pair. At least there would be no progeny.
on September 8,2012 | 10:33AM
silvangold wrote:
Eastwood and his side kick da chair is done. It's a shame that a lot of the "old" stars lose their once-witty mind(s). In the end the better PRESIDENT (not the wanna be) will come out FRONT RUNNER-WINNER .... and we will have a great 4 more years!
on September 7,2012 | 11:58AM
lee1957 wrote:
The current administration's performance has been abysmal. I'd vote for a ham sandwich before four more years of vapor.
on September 7,2012 | 05:14PM
Kuniarr wrote:
silvangold tell us What was great in the last 3 years and 9 months?
on September 8,2012 | 12:26PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Do you call high unemployment of over 8% GREAT? Do you call increasing the National Debt by over $5 trillion in 3 years and 9 months, much greater than the 8 years of GWB, GREAT?
on September 8,2012 | 12:30PM
64hoo wrote:
empty chair goes with obamas empty brain. promises all this stuff but nothing gets done. thats why we have high unemployment and bad ecoonmy. heres another so called lie what one of the speakers said obama created 14.5 million private sector jobs. you know what the whole democrat convention was nothing but empty chairs and empty brains.
on September 7,2012 | 01:21PM
64hoo wrote:
also empty promises.
on September 7,2012 | 01:34PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Right on.... He and Condie Rice, did it real fine for me.
on September 7,2012 | 01:49PM
ufried wrote:
on September 7,2012 | 07:51PM
krusha wrote:
They should have put a lot more empty chairs on stage so Eastwood could have talked to all the Republican members of congress who is the real reason why Obama hasn't been able to get his jobs bill passed in well over a year...
on September 8,2012 | 08:28AM
bender wrote:
Amen to that.
on September 8,2012 | 10:35AM
Kuniarr wrote:
What Jobs Bill? Obama did not have a Jobs Bill but a Stimulus #3 masquerading as a Jobs Bill

Obama is a Socialist who knows nothing about the economic system of Capitalism that this nation of ours is in. Not Socialism. Not Communism. But Capitalism. What Obama knows is nothing but TAX and SPEND. His platform is based on Taxing the wealthy and then appear to be very generous with government money distributing it to the people

That is why the many who endorsed Obama were recipients of Stimulus I and Stimulus II.

on September 8,2012 | 11:08AM
bender wrote:
What does god have to do with the welfare of the nation? Try to focus on people like Rmoney who have shipped millions of jobs overseas. That is what is plaguing our country.
on September 8,2012 | 10:35AM
kainalu wrote:
Remember when Clint did the Super Bowl spot, and many pundits speculated that he was advocating for the President? Clint then made it a point to come out and inform the media that he wasn't "Obama's puppet". With his pathetic performance at the RNC, it begs to question: how does Romney's hand all the way up your rear feel now, Mr. Eastwood? Dance, puppet, dance.
on September 8,2012 | 09:22AM
bender wrote:
Haha. He's Rmoney's hand puppet so your comment about Rmoney having his hand in Clints rear is appropriate.
on September 8,2012 | 10:36AM
Kuniarr wrote:
What is pathetic is how Democrats who castigate Eastwood are hurt by the truth of Eastwood's comments: President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. All Democrats forget the enthusiasm and great hopes of the people with the CHANGE mantra in 2008 of Obama's candidacy for President and the many promises Obama made to Change the course of the economy.
on September 8,2012 | 11:15AM
kainalu wrote:
Sure, Kuntiarr, sure. Nevermind that the stated agenda of the GOP is to make President Obama fail by any means necessary. Nevermind that the GOP controlled House has voted over 30-times to appeal the ACA (what part of "affordable" don't the repubs like?), while never voting on a jobs bill once - ZERO times. Nevermind, that by their inactions, the Repubs have brought to a stand-still the business "of the people, by the people, for the people", while advocating for tax-breaks for those that earn over $200K-a-year, which according to the IRS, was less than 3% of those Americans that filed in 2011. So, Kuntiarr - how many off-shore accounts do you have anyway?
on September 8,2012 | 12:12PM
Kuniarr wrote:
kainalu nothing doing. Democrat talking points can not obliterate the fact that Obama did not do what he promised to do in 2008.

Tell us kainalu, where are the CHANGES that Obama promised to do in 2008. Where. kainalu? Where?

on September 8,2012 | 12:23PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Why Clint Eastwood comments rung true

When Obama came into office thought that he'd turn the economy around thru spending with his Stimulus I and Stimulus II much like what Roosevelt did to turn the economy around decade ago. But it turned out that Obama was flat out wrong.

Even though his Stimulus I and II did not work out, Obama this year attempted another to pass another Stimulus III under a title of a Jobs Bill. But it was recognized as another Stimulus and not a Jobs bill and got rejected by Congress

My feeling is that the reason Roosevelt's spending program worked while that of Obama failed is because of the great Night and Day difference of the manufacturing situation in the 1930s to the 21st century.

In the 1930s, the US manufactured almost all consumer goods sold in the US. The increase in Demand caused by the Spending Program created a need in the increase of Supply for these consumer goods. Because the source of Supply was in the US, the need to provide an increase in Supply caused an increase in production to satisfy the increase in Demand.. Result, increase in manufacturing which in turn resulted in an expansion of employment opportunities. That was the Day difference.

Today, most consumer goods sold in the US is not anymore manufactured in the US but in foreign countries. This is the Night difference. An increase in Demand of consumer goods caused by the Spending Program did not result in an increase in employment opportunities because Supply of these consumer goods came from foreign countries and not the US. Thus, unlike the 1930s, a spending program did not result in an expansion of employment as those consumer goods are not anymore manufactured in the US.
on September 8,2012 | 12:55PM
rfosfcpa wrote:
Dirty Harry is a highly successful millionaire actor, so it's his natural desire to favor the political party that seeks to reduce the tax burden of the rich and make up for resulting needs by increasing the taxes of the majority of our population classified as middle class citizens It is my belief that the multi-mililionaires of the U.S. can well afford to pay higher taxes without endangering their wealth.
on September 8,2012 | 02:54PM
thos wrote:
In 1987 a candidate for the Supreme Court was “borked” according to the introduction of this new transitive verb. In 2004 the presidential challenger was “swift-boated” It is beginning to look as if the candidacy of the current occupant of the White House is about to be subjected to “eastwooding” perhaps with terminal results. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving chap.
on September 8,2012 | 03:56PM
thos wrote:
From all accounts, Clint Eastwood made it up as he went along. The use of such ordinary items as a mere chair to create something magnificent before one’s very eyes in real time is the essence of fine art. By this criterion Eastwood is a rare artist indeed, one who employs breathtaking talent to dazzle his audience …. and with an astonishing economy of words. Small wonder that the current occupant of the White House and his amen corner in the “news” media have convulsed themselves like pretzels in a frenzy of rage and frustration at having been so badly one-upped. How excruciatingly DELICIOUS! Clint, you made MY day.
on September 9,2012 | 02:58PM
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