In a largely incoherent speech, Clint Eastwood “maybe possibly” praised Mitt Romney, but mostly he argued with an empty stool, which was supposed to be Obama. It was…awkward, it was disrespectful it was appalling and worst of all the crowd actually Loved it .
My God!! What the hell was that?!
I agree with MSNBC's Ed Schultz...
It was bizarre, demeaning to the presidency, lowered the standard of the convention and was completely unnecessary.
HE IS 81!!! he rocked! and Mitt hit it out of the park!!!
I thought it was pretty funny
I thought it was humorous. I am not a republican, and I did appreciate Clint giving the shout out to values - not partisanship. I do not agree with his conclusion but please, he's an actor and he would probably be the first person to tell you that and he did actually work his ass off to get where he is. It was purely for entertainment, MARY!
Clint drooled and Mitt was dull, rambling, and sanctimonious. I feel good. America is not going to buy this crap.
Doddering old fool. He's looked like a corpse for years, someone get the hook, the coffin-dodger doesn't know when to retire and spare his dignity.
"Listen Chair, I have 7 different kids by 5 different women, some of them were even my wives, and some had kids with me when I was married to someone else, and let me tell you, no one knows American Values like a Multi-Millionare actor who pretends to be a tough guy...so take that...chair! And I hate lawyers. I mean they know the law, right? Hate em. Especially divorce law. If you are some lawyer, you should not be elected to dog catcher...wait...what? R-Money went to Harvard Law? Crap...time for a nap."
That stunk as much as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Republicans: The Democrats and Obama are beholden to Hollywood and out of touch with the real America, so we'll have an actor speak at our convention.
The president never had a real job, so we'll put Ryan (who has even less real world experience) as our VP.
Social security is evil except when it helped Paul Ryan's family.
...it made me uncomfortable, I hit the mute button after a minute or so.
Looooved the part where he mentioned John Voight. "He's a republican AND he's an Oscar winner." Guess that Academy Award makes him more intelligent when it comes to politics.
Rambling, pathetic, and sad.
In Eastwood's defense he has never claimed to be a part of the family values BS - he considers himself more of a libertarian, he is more about leaving people alone.
I don't even hate Mitt Romney- in fact I feel sorry for him. He is clearly afflicted with the Mormon belief - "be in the world and not of it" that is why he is so wooden. Frankly I think he is in the Republican party and not really of it. And for that reason I think he is a somewhat decent guy. However Paul Ryan is pure evil - in his narcissism he believes he is the heir apparent to Ronald Reagan. I am no Reagan fan but Paul Ryan is NOT Reagan. He is neither personable nor likeable enough to be Reagan, Ryan is just pure calculating evil, not even intelligent enough not to believe his own budget BS. Evil AND stupid is a dangerous combo.
wow you liberals are so sweet!
He and Woody Allen should have retired a long time ago. Garbo was smart.
It was like watching Gollum talk to his reflection.
After Clint Eastwood's RNC speech, that Gorillaz song makes a lot more sense.
So, hashtag "#ClintEastwooding" is starting to trend on Twitter. It's hilarious.
And yeah, @InvisibleObama is now a real account to follow... very funny.
I've seen episodes of Teletubbies that made more sense than this.
Cringe worthy .It made me uneasy
Isn't the "empty chair interview" one of the lowest forms of journalism? I've heard something like this before but cannot find it on the 'net.
The question is, why does Clint Eastwood, now in his 80's and in the twilight of his life, want to be remembered for supporting the most extreme Republican platform in history?
Piers did an empty chair interview last week when that repub who gaffed about rape cancelled the interview.
I was just reading a lot of the tweets and coming here to bring up the fact that there were so many GOP losers trying to shit on libs for calling out Clint's embarrassing display... and I see R14 has joined us, so let me address you, dumbass:
This is a man who made a complete jackass out of himself. This is a man who showed exactly why your party is a joke. The fact that you are attempting to defend this old, RICH, fool -who has been married five times and had kids out of wedlock- when there are millions of old people who aren't as well-off and who actually NEED YOUR HELP AND COMPASSION, is precisely why you people are simply disgusting.
Don't pretend as though you would've shown compassion if he had done this at the DNC. It was pathetic and you know it, but as usual for the party of NO responsibility for everything bad and taking credit for everything good, you're attempting to make this about "libs."
YOUR PEOPLE PUT AN OLD MAN ON STAGE TO TALK TO A CHAIR. IT WAS EMBARRASSING. DON'T TRY AND MAKE THIS ABOUT US, IDIOTS.
I have to admit the Eastwood thing was really funny. But I wonder if he did it on purpose for the distraction?
Wow America what a fucking joke
I haven't seen him in a movie in forever, but I was struck by how shaky his voice was. In terms of (ridiculous and bizarre) content I think that he seemed reasonably sharp for a somewhat incoherent old crank, if that makes any sense, but he sounded "older" than my grandfather did when he died around the same age, and nobody ever thought of my Grandpa as a tough guy.
Some of you have no sense of humor. Clint was funny.
It's offensive to millions of people (eg. women, liberals, gays etc.) who have watched his movies that he would endorse the Republicans just for a tax break when this is the most extreme Republican platform in history.
That, folks, is senility in action. Clint needs to be put into a home.
I remember George Burns on talk-shows well into his 90s, and he still had his comic timing and wasn't doddering. Clint's current age is about the same age Burns was when he made his comeback in "Oh God." Eastwood's numerical age isn't the problem, it's the fact that he's aged so poorly.
How fitting and symbolic that Republicans chose an old geezer in his 80s who appears to be in early-stage dementia to talk about "the future."
I agree with R33. If you want to focus on something how about focusing on the fact that when Mitt mentioned helping the less fortunate in his speech (and being a Mormon he is sincere about it - part of the calling and church welfare doctrine) there was complete SILENCE.
R33, are you too stupid to know the difference between funny and laughing with someone vs. funny and laughing *at* them?
I'm rewatching and there was nothing incoherent about it. It was an act.
Worse was Romney's not-at-all-subtle insinuation that Obama wasn't an American.
What a fucking asshole.
Yeah, sure. The stammering and moments of silence weren't awkward or cringe-worthy at all.
[quote]So, so, Mr. President, how do you, how do you handle, how do you handle promises that you've made when you were running for election and how do you handle, how do you handle it?
I agree, R40. So eloquent.
[quote]Worse was Romney's not-at-all-subtle insinuation that Obama wasn't an American.
What did he say?
I've seen him for a couple a minutes on his wife's reality show. He didn't seem to lucid, so I didn't think he would do well.
How long till the first auto-tune dance mix is released?
God damn, the Obama tweet is priceless. Priceless.
That is really a Tweet from OBAMA?!
I'm sure Ted Nugent loved it.
It's from his Official Twitter, yes, R51, although I think it may be technically from his Campaign staff.
It's about time the Dems/Obama basically told the GOP "FUCK YOU!"
They already hate Obama, so what's the point in him trying to be "humble"? He tried to work with those troglodytes, but it didn't matter what he said or did, they were always going to view him as "uppity." But Bush can say "Bring it on" and dress up like a clown, and they just love that bullshit. Hypocritical douchebags.
Someone posted this in the Clint/embarrassing thread, but here you go, R1:
I'm not laughing at Clint I'm more laughing at how he's Clint Eastwood and can say anything he wants and not even the Romney camp can censure him. Sure he wasn't perfect but that doesn't matter because he's Clint.
Can someone post Obama's tweet?
This is trending all over the world.
Congrats, GOP. No wonder you only offer war and fear. You sure as hell won't get any respect.
The ONLY reason he did this was to promote "Trouble With the Curve" coming out next month in theaters.
He's a doddering old fool now who took the advice of handlers.
Unfortunately most viewers now see him as having onset dementia and not as a movie hero.
[quote] Frankly I think he is in the Republican party and not really of it. And for that reason I think he is a somewhat decent guy.
Then you're the biggest idiot ever. Think about how Bain Capital made money. They buy stock in a company. They tell that company, you will do as you are told. You will borrow lots of money on your credit. Then you will give 30% of that cash to us. Then we will sell out and you now have to repay not only the money you have and interest but the 30% you gave to us. How's that for a nice low interest rate?
Clint Eastwood: "Listen chair, I've PAID for abortions!"
Candy Crowley CNN 500 pound vegan claims Eastwood was brilliant
It had a disrespectful tone to it, like Eastwood felt Obama didn't deserve the type of respect given past presidents. And what was this "we own this country"? Who's "we", I saw a sea of white faces in the RNC. He, like other idiotic, hypocritical Republicans choose to ignore the fact that he was blocked from getting anything done by hateful and divisive Republicans. And what the fuck was he talking about when he implied Obama might not be a nice guy because of the political ads they've put out? Has he no clue about Romney destroying his primary competition with attack ads and the right wing SuperPac ads and Romney's welfare ad lie? Clint's a senile old fool, he must be on heavy medication when he's directing and acting in his movies.
I've never been a big fan of Clint's, there's only a handful of movies, maybe less than that, that I like by him, but I'll never watch them again. He's dead to me, he's clearly brain-dead.
Good question R27.
"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.
I think so, r50. It looks like Leon Panetta to his left.
[quote]Can someone post Obama's tweet?
Obama tweeted "This seat is taken." and picture of him sitting in a chair marked "The President" at some metting.
Millions of people are running to Ikea today to buy that chair. Boycott his new film. And wasn't it charming to hear the roars of laughter from all of those good Christians when he implied that invisible Obama told him to go fuck himself.
[quote]I hate Sarah Palin, but she shined in '08.
That pic President Obama tweeted is so cute!
And Btw,none of those people attending the Rethug Convention seem to be hurt by the economy...bunch of well heeled hypocrites!
I posted this on the other thread, but what the fuck. The left media needs to call the Repubs out on this shit:
This is the same party that goes on about hollywood and how all the celebrities should keep their mouths shut and stick to acting or singing.
Could you imagine if Streisand or Clooney spoke at the Democratic convention? The Republicans would be screaming outrage.
Who did Clint's hair?
Not sure if Obama tweeted that himself, or whether it was done by his campaign.
On his Twitter it says that Tweets from Obama himself are initialed "BO" afterwards.
Sit down old man!
Brit here, who fondly recalls Obama's effortless humiliation of Trump at the Correspondents' Dinner.
The GOP has handed Obama an opportunity almost embarrassing in its potential: He'll in fact have to be careful not to take too much advantage of such weak and woeful whimsy.
Better to treat it like great-grandpa's spirited turn which is just about indulged. Obama's youth and eloquence are in themselves reproof enough.
But yes, for now the picture of POTUS at work In The Chair is a flawless riposte.
[quote]Who did Clint's hair?
Are we sure Mittens didn't do Clint's hair? It is one of his hobbies, after all.
Joe Scarborough was incredulous. He said if that happened at the Democratic convention, the Repubs would be all over it the next morning, which is really what's NOT happening.
are they talking about it on the networks, or are they silent and pretending it didn't happen?
This appears to be the inspiration for Clint's speech.
Sarah Palin delighted the RNC delegates in 2008 because she's a Republican's idea of what a woman ought to be--perfectly groomed, all wrapped up in the flag and clutching the cross, and dumb as a bag of rocks.
he's looked like shit for years and I hate all his movies.
It's so ridiculous the way Clint referenced Jon Voight being an Oscar winner and the delegates cheered. Not that Voight isn't an Oscar winner and, apparently, really deserved the win but because he won for the very anti-war, anti-Vietnam film, Coming Home. Not to mention, opposite Jane Fonda (who also won, deservedly).
These people are so ignorant and without thought it's like falling down a greased shoot into a deep, dark cultural black hole.
FWIW - I think CDAN would consider Caan 'A list', if for no other reason than he's old Hollywood. Same way someone like Clint Eastwood would be considered an 'A'. Young people who don't know who he is obviously wouldn't, but I'm not thinking these actors would be anyone that young people would follow. I'm not saying it's Caan, either - I'm just saying think of that generation, or a generation below.
Oops, wrong thread...
Yes, r77, SHINED! And do you know why? VO5 naturally Shiny shampoo and conditioner! Leaves my hair silky and shiny. My whole family uses it. I've shipped a case to Clint. His hair was a disaster!
Well it seemed to almost fit, r93. I don't know what CDAN is, but James Caan is an old a-list Republican actor comparable to Eastwood. All I know is they never would've had Kelsey Grammar give a speech at the RNC. He's a Republican, but that crowd would just think he's a "fag."
Those of you who didn't like Clint didn't like what he said. I notice Obama fans have a thin skin. This kind of comedy is very typical for politicians.
Ugh, make that Kelsey Grammer. Spell check tells you it's spelled wrong and I wasn't awake enough to question it.
James Caan is JEWISH
Kelsey didn't go from movies to TV. He is known for TV, not film.
Stallone is a good guess.
R97, I don't think it's that people didn't like Clint but honestly, what did he say that was supposed to move us to put our faith in Mitt Romney? What, that Obama started a war in Afghanistan? That Mitt Romney is a lawyer and that we shouldn't put lawyers in the White House?
Which part was so substantive to you? The implication that Obama was telling the RNC to go fuck itself? Really?
Clint was amusing, for sure, both intentionally, unintentionally. But this was supposed to be the re-launch of Romney and it's Clint that grabbing all the headlines today...for the wrong reasons. So go lick your wounds.
What a way to fuck up any type of "legacy" you might have had.
Obama didn't start the war in Afghanistan. But it's still going on 4 years later.
R97 = the cognitive dissonance I mentioned in the other thread. You're so painfully sad.
Sweetheart, did you also go on about how the left was "afraid" that Sarah Palin might run against Obama?
You really don't comprehend how embarrassing you people have become? Though not as embarrassing as what we witnessed last night.
Even Mitt's people were wincing. Spare yourself by shutting the fuck up about this one. Let it go. People were too busy cringing to even know what in the hell he was saying.
If anything, you should be concerned that more people remember that than whatever substance-less nonsense Mitt spewed.
I'm with R4 and I am a liberal. It was their convention and they can say anything they want. I missed Eastwood last night, but saw all the griping and thought it must have been really bad. Then I saw a part of it this morning and it wasn't that bad. He meant to be funny and he's not a politician. If the republicans want to put him up in prime time instead of their own candidate, good for them.
I think the bigger issue is that there was a lot of bad planning and poor execution all across this convention, from picking this location for an event during hurricane season, to having Mitt's wife give a speech about her husband without a single anecdote. I think it shows the way they would run the country, with one poor idea after another.
R102 is correct. We need to get those boys out of there so we can start even more neo con wars in Iran, Syria, China, Russia, Mordor... and I hear Voldermort's back. Ya know, because we have so much disposable income to put up with this bellicose bullshit that the world hasn't grown sick of from the last GOP jackass.
Go stick your head up chickenhawk sack of shit Dan Senor's ass, you useless tool.
I honestly do not see how the Romney/Ryan ticket will fare at all well during the debates. They talk about nothing. 12 million jobs! Well, how? (Not to mention, the CBO has already projected the creation of 12 million jobs in the current economic climate so, what? Romney is just going to ride along for that?)
They are going to get so tangled up in the web of lies and distortion it's not even funny. And Obama has a record to run on. It won't even be close.
And another thing, you had the GOP bring out Jeb Bush to defend his brother -- the way other boys went to die in Vietnam in place of that coward.
If the GOP is so proud of Dubya, they should've put him out there to defend his own record, and make sure he gives that speech under that debt clock he helped build with his 'off the books' wars and wartime tax cuts.
Here's the bottom line: it cannot be good for the Republican nominee that on the day after his big speech, everyone is talking about Eastwood and the chair.
And the image itself is not helpful to the Republican brand. Instead it is emblematic of what is wrong with the current Republican Party: An angry, old white man hectoring an imaginary version of Obama.
How different is this from some rabid old Tea Partyer yelling, "Obama is a socialist!" Not one iota.
Romney Staff ‘Winced’ During Clint Eastwood’s Bizarre Speech
Isn't it funny how some of these Reps are showing more compassion towards a rich, old, "family values" white guy making an ass out of himself than they would a woman who is impregnated by a rapist?
FEMA should be in charge of Romney's campaign right now. At this point, it's down to disaster management.
Suddenly me celebrating a Chechen war criminal wasn't so bad.
I can't wait for the debates so the President & Vice President can mop up the floors with these idiots.
They are lying sacks of predjudice shit that only care about the rich.
I always knew Eastwood had been the Republican mayor of a small city in California (Carmel?); but I was willing to give him a pass because he didn't wear his politics on his sleeve. Turns out the guy is equal parts vile and senile.
I loved it, come on people it was supposed to sound that way. And Yes, Mitt rocked, no more years for Bama, had his chance, more time for golf and basketball, Im sure he will be fine. Marco Rubio 2020.. Go GOP!!
The freeper's golf reference reminds me. I saw MSNBC repeat some golf joke about Obama that fell so flat in the white crowd that you could hear a pin drop.
Clint was an embarrassment but I think Nancy Grahn summed it up by tweeting- "20 years ago I wanted Clint to make my day. Now I just want him to take his pills and b thankful he doesn't need Medicare"
Dream on, self-loathing Mary at R115.
Any self-respecting gay person would never vote for a candidate who doesn't believe in their equality. Also no self-respecting woman would ever vote for a party that wants to control her body and take her back in a time machine.
That's why you're going to get "Bama" for four more years, fucker.
You just know Ryan is going to go into the VP debate full of bluster and Biden will just put him down. I mean, all Biden has to do is his homework - Ryan is full of completely assailable positions. You can lie on the campaign trail, you can lie at your convention but you can't lie during a debate. And Ryan just keeps telling the same lies over and over. He's going to be roadkill.
Biden, for all his faults, is a career politician. He'll pull it together. With relish, I imagine.
Some are speculating that Clint was an Obama plant. I think inadvertantly that might be the case.
One thing that really bothered me about Eastwood's speech were the instances where Invisible Obama "interrupted" him, once where Eastwood said that IO had told him to shut up and the other where IO had apparently told Romney to go fuck himself (Eastwood made a comment about Romney performing an impossible act with himself). What bothered me was Eastwood's supposition that the real Obama could be that low, base and vulgar. Did he forget that the party he was there to represent - the Republicans - have tried to demean and demonize Obama at every opportunity, even going so far as to interrupt him during a State of the Union address? And yet, Eastwood thinks it's amusing to have Obama call him out?
R119, I was thinking the same about Biden. I'm not a huge fan of Biden, but the GOP really is pathetic if they think Biden's guffaws are all that he is. When in the hell have their guys even been face-to-face with a real challenge?
They seem to forget that their guys have pretty much been in a FOX cocoon. They haven't really been up against anyone that will call out their lies to their faces.
They're entitled idiots who honestly believe Obama has been "protected" by the media because unless they claim he is a "socialist out to destroy America," they're liberal.
As far as I'm concerned, that empty chair was perfect. Intellect-wise, it's on the same level as the average Republican these days. It's about the only thing a Rep. is qualified to argue with because anything with at least one functioning brain cell is too much for them to handle.
Really, R120? Well, if you ever again encounters these "some," tell them it doesn't bode well for the GOP.
If a planted actor playing the part of a senile old man talking to a chair could get by Mitt's people, why in the hell would I want them in charge of National Security?
[quote]Some are speculating that Clint was an Obama plant.
Oh, he's a plant alright.
It was perfect:
An angry old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.
(alltogether)"bitch stole my act!"
It was disrespectful for Clint to say Obama should fuck himself
It was a very funny skit when Bob Newhart did it.
Chris Hayes just said the idea of Clint standing there and literally talking down to President Obama as though he were a child was incredibly offensive. I agree.
You know I always say; "Give Republicans enough rope..."
Post your favorite #invisibleobama tweet:
Mine so far:
"The Invisible Obama was cruel to wave Mitt's Invisible Tax Returns around like that. Clint should've stopped him."
Clint doesn't say 'cut' on his movie sets when he directors.
He says 'stop.'
Stop, Clint. Just stop.
[quote]You know I always say; "Give Republicans enough rope..."
...and they'll find a black guy to hang?
It would have been much more entertaining had Sondra Locke come out as a surprise guest and sat in the chair.
The Romney people were not happy with Eastwood's speech.
Paul Ryan had a total WTF look on his face when it was all over.
Awful embarrassment for a legend.
That asshole commentator on CNN, Alex Castellanos said that Clint Eastwood made it "socially acceptable" to laugh at President Obama and he said those male yahoos in Ohio or whatever loved seeing the President denigrated by Clint. This is what their mindset is, Republicans are scum.
Alex C was on Romney's election staff last time around.
I watched the video of Clint's comments again, wondering if I just needed to find my usually healthy sense of humor.
But -this time I noted his slitting the throat action while talking of letting Obama go. I think he did it twice. Unforgivable.
Hope he gets a visit from the IRS.
Fox News thinks he was amazing!
I think he's tremendous!
Will there be any fallout for Eastwood over this? He fucking deserves it. But the people in Hollywood will still kiss his ass.
Don't think it matters, R143. His company finances his films. He's a bit like Mel Gibson in that way. I'm sure right wingers will go to his movies now. Doubt he'll ever be nominated for an Oscar again, though.
Too bad, his new movie looked sort of cute.
I like Amy Adams.
Poor Clint leaves a very bad legacy because of this speech and saying good things about that nut job Jon Voight makes it worse.
I was of course voting for Obama any way but poor Clint saying we need a 'business man' for the job convinced me more I'm making the right choice. I know business men AND business majors and believe me you don't want them running our country.
To think this man i (or was) James Brolin's best friend and he was the one who introduced him to Barbra.
LOVE the comment that FEMA should be running the Romney campaign.
I hope the Democrats have someone talk to an EMPTY SUIT!
Romney picking Lyin' Ryan
Lyin' Ryan's dead eayed delivery of his non-factual speech
And the Clint Eastwood debacle
made Anne Romney look HUMAN!
Winner of the week: Anne Romney Cookie Recipe
Looser of the Week: Mitt Romney
Close Second: Rinse Prewash of the RNC
'Don't think it matters, [R143]. His company finances his films. He's a bit like Mel Gibson in that way. I'm sure right wingers will go to his movies now. Doubt he'll ever be nominated for an Oscar again, though.'
VERY bad for Poor Clint because all he makes is Oscar bait movies. Remember his J Edgar not I repeat NOT a gay movie that didn't get Leo the Oscar he thought he would get? The one who suffers the most is Beyonce or will we hear the announcement that Poor Clint was canned as director of A Star Is Born?
Listening to otherwise sane, intelligent, professional adults defend the Eastwood speech reminds me of the way they claimed to be pleased and thrilled at the choice of Sarah Palin in '08.
I thought Clint's performance was delightful in that he channeled my dear Ronnie.
Clint rocks!! All the time..
Here's an irony:
Clint thought it beneath him to appear on his wife's Reality Show!
[quote]Clint rocks!! All the time..
Should've been in a rocking chair.
It's not going to work, honey. It was embarrassing for the GOP.
We LOVED it. The only thing that would've made it better is if Palin or Trump was out there to further embarrass the GOP.
I'm so disappointed in him. Always thought he was a cool guy. Republicans don't like jazz, unless it's Dixieland. At least poor Sondra Locke is finally vindicated.
I was too, R154.
He used to be cool, there is no question.
Perhaps early Alzheimer's?
More importantly, will this get us higher ratings?
/quoteThe one who suffers the most is Beyonce ..
Yes! Dear god, in these times of such uncertainty, as the direction of the nation stands in the crossroads, WILL SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF BEYONCE!!
Who gives a FUCK about Be-wigged???
The same thing will happen if Elaine Stritch speaks for the Democrats...
LOL! I'm gonna use that one...
What's Reice's story? Seems as gay as the day is long!
Eastwood totally trolled the GOP
No he didn't.
We have to get Obama back in office to finish destroying this horrible nation. Obama can fulfill our liberal dream of communism if we can just get him elected one more time. If he can just get our deficit over 30 trillion, that will spell the end of this country and create a civil war so he/we democrats can finally win, win win!!!
Would someone please set the traps next time before the vermin comes in? Use Rush's turds in place of cheese for enticement.
I miss Peg.
I think Clint Eastwood messed up badly. I don't think his film will do well, because of that.