Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair amusing and confusing

Mitt Romney probably hoped that surprise guest Clint Eastwood would make his day at the convention, instead, the 82-year-old may have confused and amused the viewers.

Eastwood talked to an empty chair representing President Barack Obama.

One conservative called the Bill Bennett Show on Friday morning to describe Clint Eastwood’s speech as “being taken into the woods without a flashlight.”

“It started off with him clearly off-prompter talking, rambling, about conservatives in Hollywood. He did make one point about the end of the war in Afghanistan and fake interviewed an empty chair as if it was Barack Obama, the President of the United States, swearing at him,” Rachel Maddow said.

Full transcript of Clint Eastwood speech

EASTWOOD:  Thank you very much.   Thank you.  Thank you
very much.  Save a little for Mitt.
   I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, what’s a
movie tradesman doing out here?  You know they are all left
wingers out there, left of Lenin.  At least that is what people
think.  That is not really the case.  There are a lot of
conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans,
Democrats, in Hollywood.  It is just that the conservative
people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest.
They do not go around hot dogging it.
   So — but they are there, believe me, they are there.  I
just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw John Voigt,
a lot of people around.
   John’s here, an academy award winner.  A terrific guy.
These people are all like-minded, like all of us.
   So I — so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here.  And he’s — I
was going to ask him a couple of questions.  But — you know
about — I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama
won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was
watching that night when he was having that thing and they were
talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes
we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people
were lighting candles.

They were saying, I just thought, this was great.
Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying.

I was even crying.  And then finally — and I
haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million
unemployed people in this country.
   Now that is something to cry for because that is a
disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously — this
administration hasn’t done enough to cure that.  Whenever
interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may
be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.
   So, 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?  Do you just — you know
— I know — people were wondering — you don’t — handle that OK.
Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when
you didn’t close Gitmo.  And I thought, well closing Gitmo — why
close that, we spent so much money on it.  But, I thought maybe as an
excuse — what do you mean shut up?
   OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the
stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City.
   I’ve got to to hand it to you.  I have to give credit where
credit is due.  You did finally overrule that finally.  And
that’s —
now we are moving onward.  I know you were against the war in
Iraq, and that’s okay.  But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK.
You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing.  We
didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it — they did there for
10 years.
   But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and
I think that, when we get to maybe — I think you’ve  mentioned
something about having a target date for bringing everybody
home.  You gave that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only
sensible question, you know, he says, “Why are you giving the date out

Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?”
   And I thought — I thought, yeah — I am not going to shut
up, it is my turn.
   So anyway, we’re going to have — we’re going to have to
have a little chat about that.  And then, I just wondered, all these
promises — I wondered about when the — what do you want me to tell
Romney?  I can’t tell him to do that.  I can’t tell him to do that to
   You’re crazy, you’re absolutely crazy.  You’re getting as
bad as Biden.
   Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the
Democratic party.
   Kind of a grin with a body behind it.
   But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I
think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along.
See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president,
   I think attorneys are so busy — you know they’re always
taught to argue everything, and always weight everything — weigh both
      XXX  I think attorneys are so busy — you know they’re
always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything,
weigh both sides.
   EASTWOOD:  They are always devil’s advocating this and
bifurcating this and bifurcating that.  You know all that stuff.
But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe
a businessman.  How about that?
   A stellar businessman.  Quote, unquote, “a stellar
   And I think it’s that time.  And I think if you just step
aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.  You can maybe still
use a plane.
   Though maybe a smaller one.  Not that big gas guzzler you
are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and
stuff like that.
   You are an — an ecological man.  Why would you want to
drive that around?
   OK, well anyway.  All right, I’m sorry.  I can’t do that to
myself either.
   I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen.
Something that I think is very important.  It is that, you, we
— we own this country.
   We — we own it.  It is not you owning it, and not
politicians owning it.  Politicians are employees of ours.
   And  — so — they are just going to come around and beg
for votes every few years.  It is the same old deal.  But I just
think it is important that you realize , that you’re the best in
the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether
you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best.  And we should
not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we
got to let them go.
   Okay, just remember that.  And I’m speaking out for
everybody out there.  It doesn’t hurt, we don’t have to be
   (AUDIENCE MEMBER):  (inaudible)
   I do not say that word anymore.  Well, maybe one last time.
   We don’t have to be — what I’m saying, we do not have to
be metal (ph) masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t
really even want in office just because they seem to be nice
guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the
recent ads going out there, I don’t know.
   But OK.  You want to make my day?
   All right.  I started, you finish it.  Go ahead.
   AUDIENCE:  Make my day!
   EASTWOOD:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

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  3. matt says:

    if the Romney campaign leaders were so “off” on Clint Eastwood, by not vetting his “performance” and speech for such a momentous occasion, how will Mitt et.al. even BEGIN to deal with the very serious and non-stop people, places and things happening 24/7 in the world/White House?? This was a very sobering lack of thought and preparedness BY MITT ROMNEY. It’s on him–regardless. Do we want another “ignored August memo” by a Romney administration?

  4. mrs dressup says:

    Massive miscalculation on the part of the Romney campaign.

    Instead of America talking about Romney today, they are talking about Eastwood. Regardless of what you thought of Eastwood’s “performance art” piece, it completely overshadowed Romney’s acceptance speech. The whole purpose of last night was to give voters a good impression of Romney, and they failed. Nobody remembers a thing Mitt talked about last night, but they all remember the baffling monologue by Clint “Every which way but lucid” Eastwood.

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