It was wonderful..and will prove to be one of the best speeches at the RNC
Convention. It was honest, un-scripted, funny and hit the nail. The fact that
it was unconventional makes all the potitical type nervous; on both sides. But
at the end of the day, elections are not won or lost based upon the vote only of
the beltway crowd.
Eastwood was embarrassing to watch. He stumbled over his words, seemed lost and
disjointed and seemed like a bumbling old man. Not the same dirty harry.
Clint Eastwood's talk at the Republican Convention was fantastic in my
opinion. It was clever, creative and very fitting. The metaphor of an empty
chair representing an empty leadership was entertaining, captivating and
accurate. I thought, however, that it was unnecessary and unfunny for Eastwood
to get rank when he pretended that Obama told him to tell Romney to do something
unspeakable to himself. I found that to be base and crude. It totally took
away from the rest of the message. Other than that, I thought Clint Eastwood
made some good points--especially when he said, "When someone doesn't
do the job, we have to let him go." It's interesting to note that
Eastwood holds to some of the same beliefs as the Democrats, such as being
pro-choice, as well as being in favor of gay marriage. Yet, he is willing to
admit that he believes Romney will make a better president that Obama. In a
business where he is surrounded by Democrats, that took courage on
Apparently, Eastwooding did not make their day..Clint Eastwood's
"speech" was not included in the 2012 Republican Campaign Memorial
Well, there is an advantage in talking to an empty chair. The empty chair did
not interrupt Eastwood with a reply or a clarification or a denial. Aside -- I bet Ronald Reagan talking to an empty Lyndon Johnson chair in 1968
would have been landmark.
Too much has been made of Clints skit.I will say however, that the
time slot was prime and could have been used much more productively. Very poor choice by the convention organizers.But, it was neither
a "disaster" or "coup".It was simply a missed
Loved Eastwood, esp. when he hit Afghanistan. You could see the delegates,
almost thinking: "Wait, Afghanistan was a good war when Dubya was
fightin' it. But, maybe it's bad now that Obama's doin' it.
And, we haven't been told what to think when Mitt keeps it going. Should we
cheer or just stand here all confused?" They chose the "all confused
option." Eastwood was great. The one unscripted moment of the entire Mitt
After hearing too much of the hand-wringing laments from some Republican pundits
and the smarmy, infantile put-downs by most of the Democrats, I finally got to
see Clint's speech....and thought it was pretty good.Pretty
good in that it was SO different from what either the Republican or Democrat
talking heads ramble on about, with phrases and general themes that are so well
worn and threadbare they are unbearably boring and predictable.I was
pleasantly surprised that so many of the supposedly knowledgeable purveyors of
public opinion could have been so far off the mark. I normally find them to be
only moderately off the mark.
It's clear that the rnc has decided the election is over save for the vote
counting.To give an over the hill director/actor 12 minutes of
unscripted time and leave up and coming repub superstar mia love with a 2 min.
pep talk is symbolic of where the rnc found itself on what should have been
romney's finest hour to date.
Political conventions are for the street-pounders, and Eastwood provided some
rah-rah for them.What some call over the hill ramblings are more like I'm old enough that I don't suffer fools.He had nothing to
prove to anyone.The fact that he irritated the left only adds icing to the
I loved the lines about we the people owning America and that elected officials
are our employees. That when they don't produce they need to be let go.
Come November we will put President Obama on two month notice.
It was genius. Mr. Eastwood is living inside Obama's head. The one thing
arrogant people can't take is mockery. The pro-Romney side is having a
hey-dey with empty chair jokes.Here's something else
that's fun: with Romney and Obama neck-and-neck in Florida, the Democrats
are playing the senility card. That ought to create another nice backfire.
Remember, historian Carl Sandburg wrote: “[T]he Gettysburg Address
…was a speech that is hailed today as one of the greatest but that most
people did not consider a great speech at the time of delivery."Dirty Harry, er, Clint Eastwood is dumb like a fox, or like Colombo.Yeah, at first I though it was sort of shaky and out of touch, but it was
ENTERTAINMENT with a cutting edge of information that ran all the way through
it. It skewered Obama's narcissism, highlighted Obama's failure to
achieve the inane "save the world" stuff he promised; pointed out that
WE own the country, and that when the politicians we hire fail, we can let them
go. [Former Senator Bob Bennett can confirm that for them!)Eastwood
is an actor and director and knows theater and how to get messages across. He
created a persona, a plan, a scenario, and a dialogue and executed it
flawlessly. That most of us were slow to catch on is confirmation of his
theatrical skills.In retrospect, it was genius, although I was
somewhat puzzled at the time.Sure got a lot of discussion going,
I think there is actually a third option besides coup and disaster, I think you
forgot childish distraction.
This should be the DNC response: A Holographic image of Eastwood is projected
and a minute into the ramble, the President walks in and sits down. He then
answers the questions respectfully and factually.
Hey great opinion piece DN! Oh wait...
"It was genius. The one thing arrogant people can't take is
mockery." Must be why most conservatives don't like Jon
Stewart or Stephen Colbert. Must be why Fox News lashes out at them from time to
time. They absolutely tear you people and that network's hypocrisy apart
each and every night. Stewart's shows on the RNC last week truly were
"genius". If you conservatives don't think you are arrogant and can
therefore take the mockery, you may want to check it out.
I anxiously await the day when people start to talk of the Eastwood speech with
the same level of reverence granted Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address".
Here on one hand, you had a man that stood on blood soaked ground attempting to
reconcile a divided nation, the other, resorts to foul language and insults.Some how I have a feeling when the history of this election is written,
I really doubt Clint's speech will be referred to as the "Gettysburg
Address" of our generation. It will likely filled in "miss timed
speeches" along with Bush's Iraq "Mission Accomplished" speech
aboard and air craft carrier. ONe thing I do agree with is the
concept that this is our country. Not the playground of Republicans and
Democrats to see who wins this years popularity contest. But it belongs to each
and every one of us, and it is up to us to make sure our stewards of this
country take good care of her...
more approprait to have spoken to obama the empty suit
If a lefty, like Barbara Streisand, had gotten up and blundered through a
similar 12 min. of nonsense, Fox News would have been on fire for days- and we
all know it. It was an embarrassment. The RNC tried it's hand at a silly
celebrity gimmick and it backfired big time. If you're conservative and you
liked it, I'm sorry for you. You just solidified the stereotype of
'all bumper sticker and no substance'. The spot light
should have been on Romney, not the bumblings of an icon. His points
contradicted themselves and Mitt Romney's platform and distracted from his
prime time hour...and that's coming from a Clint & Mitt fan.
You're stuck with it now. You have to defend it.
In later years, it will be looked at as a symbol of the Obama Presidency.
Nobody has been in 'the chair' for four years. He's been on the
Effective??? Why is it a huge topic of conversation? Effective. Why is the
internet filled now with jokes about Obama as an empty chair and a site called
Empty Chair. Labor Day was canceled for Empty Chair Day. I loved the
photo of Karl Marx and B. Obama... Marx is standing with a hand on the back
of... An Empty Chair. Funny.Obviously Eastwood knew what he was
doing. Do did the RNC. The ultra-sensitive political folks were uncomfortable.
Humor does that.
Look it was awkward at times as is to be expected of an 82 year old man going
impromptu. But when I watched after hearing all the negative comments I did
not cringe or wince - I laughed and I agreed. Mr Eastwood spoke his
mind. He knows he does not have many years left and he had something he wanted
to say. I guess after being a part of all our lives for 50 years he perhaps
deserved that. And with that 12 minuets he reminded me of a few things.1. If a guy is not doing the job no matter what the party you have to
let him go. 2. Just because the guy in the White House is a nice
guy does not mean I need to be a mental masochist and vote for him.3. Old guys that speak their mind are often politically incorrect but usually
right. The years grant wisdom and understanding. 4. Apparently
Hollywood has lots of conservatives that have to play it close to the vest. He
has the clout to speak his mind. 5. Clint has 1.5 million hits on
You Tube all saying cut the nice guy loose.
The night was fantastic up to the point Clint took the stage. He could not
string together a coherent sentence the whole time he was up there. Be honest,
people, it was as if Grandpa had escaped from the Rest Home and wandered on to
the stage and before anyone could stop him, started speaking...It
was embarrassing beyond belief. And it totally killed the momentum and feeling
leading up to Romney's acceptance. I won't say it ruined the night,
but it almost did. One more thing: for us on the East Coast, it
pushed the end of the convention and Romney's speech way past 11:00 PM when
many people tuned out. Bad timing, bad decision, should have had a long hook for
Ok... Obama is an empty chair... lets play along these linesAn
empty chair is generating 100k to 200k jobs a month, while under the Republicans
we lost 881k a monthAn empty chair ended the war in Iran,
Republicans didn't want to.While under the leadership of an
Empty Chair, the US took our Osama Bin Laden, and money other Taliban leaders -
Republicans... nopeWith an empty chair as leader, the
"emptychaircare" was passed. With the Republicans, we had no solutions
put forward.An empty chair expanded gun owners rights to carry side
arms in National Parks and lands.When the Republicans were in
charge, the stock market went from 14,000 to 6,600. With an empty chair in
charge the market is back up to 13,100An empty chair has kept the
cost of oil under$100 a barrel, while it soared to over $15). And an empty
chair has the dollar in its strongest position it has been in for over 7
years.So the lesson we learn from this is Obama is bad, but an empty
chair still provides more leadership than when the Republicans held the keys.
Great marketing guys.
I felt very sorry to see how Eastwood's mind had so badly slipped, and
wondered if he was suffering from Alzheimers. That was a truly pitiful showing.
Have you noticed that librerals and progressives are challenged in their
appreciation of humor? Eastwood's presentation was wonderful because it
was so out of character. He made his point using sarcasm and humor. It was
time well spent, and a nice break in the usual flow of convention speeches.
The conventions, both Republican and Democrat are boring. Everyone is preaching
to the choir and trying to be so lovey dovey. I thought Clint Eastwoods speach
was rediculous but at least it lightened the mood and gave everyone something
else to talk about besides the speeches that we all expected to hear. Eastwoods
speech niether helped or hurt either party.
Sorry he came across as a rambling/ lost old man, but maybe that's a
indication of Mitt's platform. I would bet Josey Wales is disappointed
& wondering what happened.
I'm still trying to figure out why the crowd cheered so loud when Eastwood
said that the President should bring the troops home from Afganistan now. Did
they forget which convention they were at? How can Romney justify expanding the
military if we are not engaged in an endless war?
Bottom line is that Clint has stolen Romney's thunder and punch moving out
of the convention. What? No bounce in the polls from Romney? But
lots of talk about Clint... Clearly, Clint has been an unnecessary distraction,
and the constant video footage on the news of Ann Romney's facial
expression of terror during the cut-aways during Clint's speech says it
all!On a broader note, what does Romney's decision to include
Clint in the convention say about Romney's decision-making as a leader?
Will he let the likes of Trump, Christy, and Eastwood continue to upstage him in
Eastwood's skit was genius and spoke more to the average guy than any
speech given by the pro politicians. Yeah, he rambled a bit and said a couple of
uncouth things.....kind of like Obama without a Telepromter.... The pundits are
so taken in by smooth talk that they don't even get it when someone normal
talks.... If the far left really was dismissing Eastwood as a senile old man
they wouldn't be making such a big fuss over this little talk..... The
truth is that what Eastwood said was highly effective and scares the left to
death.... This phrase may become as famous as "make my day"......
"We own this country....when someone is not doing the job you have to let
Best "speech" of the night. It wasn´t a speech, but a skit. Maybe
if people would loosen up and stop worrying about what a "speech" should
be, they would have enjoyed it too. Most creative and most impactful. The
common man liked it. Sorry NBC and FOX.
@ Utah Blue Devil,I didn't know we were at war with Iran...
If that was "the best speech" of the convention, the bar has been set
very low. Some of the comments here have set the bar even lower. They reminds
me why I will never again support a republican for public office. And, the joy
that some of you expressed at the disrespecting of an American President, does
not speak well of you either.
utahbluedevil:having lived in NC, there is no way they will fall for your
boy's tactics and empty promises again. barry is one and done
I enjoy Eastwood's films - but his "skit" at the RNC was beyond
pathetic.I guess the only way Republicans can feel like they've
got the upper hand in a debate is if their opponent isn't there and they
invent the dialog.Truly sad.
Conservatives are working really hard to make it bigger than it really is, but
in the end, it only pleased a few and will matter little for the many.
I thought his speech was great! At first I didn't understand what he was
doing, it was so different, but after a couple of minutes I realized his
approach, and I really enjoyed it. What a great way to spoof the President!
Obama could spend campaign funds doing a character assassination of Eastwood.
Leave that to the media. Obama could dismiss it publicly as the meandering
ramblings of a disillusioned, schizophrenic old man and alienate a voting block.
Leave it to the media.
Liberal pundits were appalled? It must have been good.
For those who think Eastwood's skit was a disaster, waste of time or
childish. you should take note of all the empty chairs around. They are cropping
up on the internet, front lawns and in public spaces. When ever something makes
people talk, it's a success. And given the viral response to Eastwood I
would call it a huge success!
So let me set this striaght - The GOP's "Secret Mystery
Guest" to the RNC was the Invisible Obama?
@jakeSo the boorish display by eastwood was funny but the response is
childish? I vote they where both childish and we should get back on topic.
As someone who chatted with Mr. Eastwood three weeks previous in Sun Valley, I
can tell you that the pundits are making a mighty stretch in efforts to
discredit a performance that had the RNC convention-goers and the audience at
home laughing their heads off (unless, of course, you're a President Obama
fan!). He is anything but a geezer and certainly not feeble. And I strongly
suspect that he had carefully planned out his "interview" and its
delivery for a precise effect. The man is a consummate actor, for crying out
loud!If you have any doubts about the soundness of his mind, the
sharpness of his intellect at 82 years old, just do a quick YouTube search for
recent interviews. You'll find the man is quick on his feet and a master of
hilarious repartee.What we are witnessing is a concerted effort by
the mainstream media to dilute the impact of a spot-on sketch by discrediting
the performer. This is why, per Mr. Eastwood's words, conservatives in
Hollywood "do not go around hot dogging it"...because their peers and
the media turn on you like a pack of dogs!
I thought Clint's performance was not only spot on but I thought the
routine was great! Regardless of your politics Clint is a loved and treasured
man.Even Obama admitted to loving the man.But I'm sure Hollywood snobs on
the left will try to black ball him but they'll will have extreme trouble
in doing so,the man is to respected and loved. Mr.Eastwood we need to see and
hear more from you along with Jon Voight you guys are simply fantastic.
Nobody is quoting Romney or anyone else who gave carefully crafted, utterly
forgettable speeches. This one has people talking. The only ones who are
horrified are those who write carefully crafted, utterly forgettable speeches
for a living. Even Romney's handlers were apologetic fer cryin' out
loud. I say we have a debate between Eastwood and Joe Biden. I'll bet you
anything it would be more informative and more civil than the carefully crafted,
utterly forgettable lines most candidates memorize and then use in debates
whether they fit the question or not.
When Clint said, "I can't ask him to do 'that', he can't
do 'that' to himself," What did Clint and the GOP mean to say?
Are they accusing our President of using that kind of language? Does the actor
mean to imply that the President thinks that of Mitt Romney? I think not. It
was a very strange use of time when they could have asked GW Bush to speak, or
Cheny, or Palin. Why not, why Eastwood?
Unashamedly put words in Obama's mouth is what he did. They're not even pretending, they'll believe anything. my opinion is
that only racism explains many conservatives reaction to Obama.
Eastwood speech was awesome!
Euro tour disaster, Ryan's lies and campaign's "fact checking"
rejection, trying but failing to kick out Senate candidate "Legitimate
Rape" Akin, "My wife has two Cadillacs," reviving the birther joke,
etc. etc....and now failing to keep Eastwood from embarrassing the whole
party...Mitt isn't very good at being a politician, is he?
I can see some TV spots in his future. Sweet tag lines from his movies.Like, "Mr. President, your economic policy ain't makin' it."
When Hollywood is made of people that don't live their lives in the
"real" world, it is good to see a respected actor and tried his hand at
politics as mayor of Carmel, California in 1986-1988. He was able to do his
spot with the ability of an actor but also a person who does know politics.
President Obama uses actors and actresses to do some of his bidding so it is
appropriate to have a sage person do this for the RNC. Truth sometimes hurt but
it also goes to the heart of some of the problems in a way that the normal
politicians could do to get the message across. No all of Hollywood feels the
same about this President. Good article with a variety of input from
others and their reactions.
Hmm!* highest amount of people on food stamps.* six trillion
added to the debt* higher unemployment* no budget, in all the years
his been in office.* down sized military* Obama campaigning with the
use of Air Force One--(our money)* giving billions to countries who oppose
gay marriage and executes them?* in his book, Obama praises his father who
fought in World War Two. His father was only three years old at the time.No wonder some of you want him back. What a great leader.
* highest amount of people on food stamps.- as per capita... nope.
* six trillion added to the debtAgreed. But remember
Republicans doubled the debt in the previous 8 years, its a bipartisan created
problem.* higher unemploymentThan what - Bush left
office with unemployment at 7.6 percent... were talking 7/10 of a percent
difference* no budget, in all the years his been in office.Blame congress - not his job to pass the budget* down sized
military - we spend more on defense than the next 20 countries - combinedReally - when? * Obama campaigning with the use of Air
Force One--(our money)So did Bush II, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan,
Clinton... your point is what?* giving billions to countries who
oppose gay marriage and executes them?Like Reagan gave billions to
Iraq and Sadam, and funded the Taliban, so really, whats your point here? This
is an odd sounding statement - Not sure what you are talking about. * in his book, Obama praises his father who fought in World War Two. His
father was only three years old at the time.Page please... site the
quote. Try reading up on Stanley Dunham. Your quote is the misrepresentation
"It was a very strange use of time when they could have asked GW Bush to
speak, or Cheny, or Palin. Why not, why Eastwood?"Well, they are
obviously trying to distance themselves from Bush and Cheney.Palin?
Thankfully they did not bring in Palin. Talk about an empty suit, er dress.
I absolutely loved Clint Eastwood...he definitely made MY day!! He came off as
real and charming and in his bumbling way, incredibly brave! He had the courage
to go up against the loud arrogant scoffing Hollywood elitists to tell the truth
about Obama and he did it with wonderful humor! I don't know that many
people his age who still have that much incredible charisma charm and chutzpa.
Yes, one or two parts made me cringe, but other than those moments he was
standing as a great American icon. He has lived a good life and is true American
"a great American icon. He has lived a good life and is true American
success story."7 kids by 5 different women.... Pretty much
sums up where we are to in this nation. I don't think he
added anything to Romney's credibility. I much rather have had a real talk
by a real person who has worked with Mitt, and see the positive Mitt has done.
"He had the courage to go up against the loud arrogant scoffing
Hollywood elitists"Not sure it takes courage to stand up to the
Phil Maher types of the world - not the Howard Sterns - not the
"scoffing" Rush Limbaugh types. It is too bad those 12 minutes were not
used to show dignity to the office. But we raced right down into the gutter of
Jerry Springerism. And I say this as someone who still likes Clint
- just not his morals. We have far too many examples of people who will say
anything, and have kids out of wedlock. How can we with honor condemn gay
marriage, when we idolize those who make cheating on their marriage a fine
art.An opportunity lost.
News today...obama is "struggling" with the question of ARE U BETTER OFF
NOW OR 4 YR. AGO!!That is a yes or no question!! How do you struggle
with a yes or no question??..Duhhhnmmmuaa!Clint Eastwood summed it
all up in 10 minutes!! No One can afford another 4 years of this Craziness!!BozoHussan==NBC=GE= Chicago MOBpolitics=lie,cheat, steal ,twist every
crises to benefit your Pravda Press PROPAGANDA!!
UtahBlueDevil,"7 kids by 5 different women.... Pretty much sums
up where we are to in this nation."* That's why Obama
encourages paid contraceptives.* What did Obama do with his campaign
contributions if we pay for Air Force One?* Reagan never went around
supporting gay marriage.* Obama's birth certificate states his father
was born in Kenya. opps. Kenya didn't exist till 1963. Look it up. The
hospital where Obama was born didn't exist till 1978. You can find the
Obama book.* Under funded military? We are the ones to uphold freedom.
Without us, the world lives under dictatorship. You know that.* most
Americans on food stamps. yep! Ask a grocery store cashier.
Sure, Eastwood rambled a bit. But it was brilliant speech.The fact
that a Hollywood A-Lister like him would "dare" state his criticism of
Obama shakes the liberal foundation, and that alone, regardless of what he said,
was worth it.He poined out that 23 million Americans are out of work
(compared with 9 million at the height of the Great Depression in 1930). His best line was "When they haven't done the job, then you
have to let them go." "Nuff Said....
The President may be asking the are you better questions, but he is really
trying to state that we are better. They can't really answer that
rhetorical question as they can't really say that the citizens are better.
President Obama is richer as is President Clinton. However, the nation
isn't. I believe these 4 years have taken a toll on the President's
integrity and honesty as he has filled positions approved and not approved
(Czars) as his advisors that don't know the true definition of integrity
and honor. They have tried to change people's definitions to what these
politicians want. Decency is not part of the Chicago group's philosophy.
They do what will get gain for them and their followers. This President and
minions are preaching to the students and people who wanted change and hope to
take from the rich to give to the poor. Our country's process of the
various branches of government, nationally and in each state, does not allow
that, at this point. The Democrats try to make entitlements for people to
forever have their share to get their votes for more of the same to elect again.
All in all I thought it was entertaining and somewhat enlightening. He made
some good points that I think regardless of your party loyalties are worth
listening to. His stuttering and "umming" made me a little impatient. At
the end of the day it was a speech of non-traditional form that asked for new
leadership. It was hardly the huge controversial political speech the media is
trying to make it. Are we better off now than four years ago? If Romney's
remarks about people believing that the life of their children will be worse
than their's is remotely accurate I think we can make a strong conclusion
of no we are not better off. If we don't even have hope what do we as a
country have? At least when Bush left office we still had hope and confidence.
"if the man doesn't do his job ya gotta let him go" !! Well said
I watched Clint the night he gave his address and liked his comments. After the
media started making a big deal out of it, I went back and watched it again.
Still love it. But what would of really topped it off, would be Clint moving the
teleprompters over by the chair and saying, "sorry about that." That
would of made everyone's day.
Eastwood was pure GENIUS! I loved it! A magic moment in politics! No wonder the
liberal lamestream media didn't like it!
Is there really a question?It ranks with all the other RNP
speaches.Operative word? They were all rank!
The killer part in Clint's speech was "We own this country. When
someone doesn't do a good job, you let him go." And an empty chair
represented Obama - since he's been absent from the job in many ways. Good
Clint was brilliant. I had to watch it after reading article after article and
comments how awful it was. Of course all those people have money invested in
obama or in their union or still under his spell or kool aid of hope and change.
the only "miss" was that, rather than an empty chair, it should have
been a throne,mebbe strewn with Hawaiian leis