Friday, September 7, 2012
Remember when 82-year old Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood took to the stage at the Republican Convention last week in Tampa, FL and proceed to have a conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama?
The stunt proved to be the most talked about event at an otherwise stale, moribund gathering of overwhelmingly white, Mitt Romney supporters.
Well, looney tunes Eastwood now claims he meant to talk to an empty chair:
“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. 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.”
OK Clint, if you say so. However, not everyone thought the improvisation was a good thing to do.
Bob Schieffer of CBS said it was, “a big mistake to put Clint Eastwood on before Mitt Romney.”
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post said, “He hemmed. He hawed. He mumbled. He rambled.”
Andrea Mitchell of NBC was shocked, “I have to say, as a fan, a movie fan, this was exceedingly strange. It just seemed like a very strange, unscripted moment.”
Rachel Maddow said on MSNBC, “That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at a political convention in my entire life.”
My favorite reaction to Eastwood was from Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who called him, “the perfect icon of the Republican tea party: an angry old white man spewing incoherent nonsense.”