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Clint Eastwood Breaks Silence On His Republican Convention Speech: ‘Mission Accomplished’

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Clint Eastwood wants you to know that he doesn’t care if he “irritated a lot of lefties” with his Republican National Convention empty chair monologue last Thursday night because he “was aiming for the people in the middle.”

In an interview with the Carmel (Calif.) Pine Cone about the empty chair speech, Eastwood said “President Obama is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know.”

Eastwood, who was the mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988, said he wanted to make three points in his convention appearance:

“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. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

The actor/director explained the Romney campaign couldn’t vett his speech because he himself didn’t know what he was going to say, and that he also hates using a teleprompter. Even the decision to bring the now-famous empty chair on stage was made at the last minute.

In the interview, he conceded that his rambling presentation was “unorthodox” but had no idea until the next day that the Twittersphere and other social media had erupted over what became to be known as “Eastwooding.”

Most of the criticism of his presentation was politically motivated, Eastwood maintains:

Eastwood said people, including reporters, who were shocked by his remarks “are obviously on the left,” and he maintained that, while many Americans didn’t like the way he handled his convention appearance, millions more have something else on their minds.

“A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama,” Eastwood said.

Eastwood’s speech even prompted a National Empty Chair Day on Labor Day.

Do you think that Clint Eastwood’s extemporaneous speech at the Republican Convention will help Mitt Romney win the presidency?

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96 Responses to “Clint Eastwood Breaks Silence On His Republican Convention Speech: ‘Mission Accomplished’”

  1. Martin Alvarez M

    Clint is a great person and an accomplished Actor and director, but he should stick to doing movies and leave politics alone. All politicians promise a lot of things to win that is obvious, but Obama received a company messed up by 8 years of "W", his first 4 years were mainly targeted at "resetting the mess". His next 4 years will have to focus in growth.

  2. RoseMarie Anderson

    I thought Clint Eastwood was great. Anyone who thought he was ramblinmg didn't understand what he was saying. I sure do think it will help Romney win the election.

  3. Judith Brown

    Clint Eastwood was a disappointment, a joke! He just confirmed what a joke electing romney would be!

  4. Bonnie Brezette

    The Republican party left him open for embarrassment. Clint is a good guy but should not have been on stage. Then they cut him later… how sad is that? He got used…

  5. Trevina Fairegate

    He looked and sounded like a demented old man. Just do movies don't try ad lib.

  6. Andrea Julian

    Clint Eastwood looked like a dumbass fool. All he did was babble. Not making any sense. I think he must thought is making a movie and was playing the part of a drunken ass fool. It was pretty lame.

  7. Beverly Fielder

    I am so so so tired of everybody blaming bush for everything instead of looking where everyone should be looking….At a very bad president and his wife. When are you going to wake up and see what is happening NOW. We cannot afford another 4 years….unless you want another Russia.

  8. Lynn A. Williams

    Many said his talk was 'incoherent' fropm a 82 year old man—If that's the case, it was a BRILLIANTLY incoherent speech pulled off by a crafty 82 year old man!

  9. Bonnie Brezette

    He's an old man, thinking he is doing a great service. Please don't berate him, he has served us well in the entertainment industry and is a good man. Demeaning him is wrong… If you have grand parents or are aging yourself think of how you would feel if people criticized you. He merely did what he was asked to do and that was to serve his party. I am not a Republican but I do feel we our him some respect. It was the parties fault for putting him on stage in the first place.

  10. Al Clark

    and there you are folks -look at the losers posting that support the great hoax. you really want to be part of that crowd?

  11. Raysa Frias

    Clint Eastwood, I'll always love you and your movies; But now I understand why, apparently you already lose perception of both sides of your brains, they entangle together and what came out of your mouth, were foolish comments, and Clint you looked like a puppet. You tried hard to pass on a message, but it did not work, your speech belittle you and demoralize your grand image. Sorry, but I did like your speech.

  12. Ryan Carranza

    Clint Eastwood will forever be one of my favorite actors and directors. He is a great entertainer on screen. His speech didn't make me want to vote for Mitt Romney. To me, the speech wasn't a success… It was very awkward. At the end of the day, Clint's objective was to make us vote for the candidate he supports. Doesn't seem like he did that.

  13. Teri Winge

    I agree with Eastwood. Obama has failed…and the people have the right to vote him out! Where are all the promised jobs?

  14. Andrea Julian

    because of 8 yrs of Bush, many people lost their jobs and their homes. made it extremely hard on the middle class folks to make ends meat. We went into Iraq because of his greed for Oil. He didn't stay on course to bring down Ben Lauden. Nope. The war in Iraq was extremly costly . Not only the loss of our soldiers, and millions of our tax dollars. It was just all about greed. Good job Bush.

  15. Marisa Hubanks

    Totally agree!!! Show some resepect for Clint, he had been in the industry many years..do you people realise his age? For him to be standing is a blessing

  16. Linda Fettig

    He failed to mention that the Republicans voted down almost every point in Obama's plan to move forward in this country. They made a statement that the plan was to make Obama a one term president. Yes Clint, screw the country! don't reelect a guy who can't keep a promise….American politics are so screwed up!

  17. Penny Wells

    HEE HEE. He is just another member of the crazy train. At least they were smart enough not to put Palin or Bachman up their to embarrass both the GOP and intelligent women everywhere…

  18. Gwendolyn Walker

    I Don't owe him anything..not trying to seem angry..but he is just another actor…older maybe but just another person with an opinion about who should run the country…..And it is his right…But I don't have to like what he says and how he feel's…THAT'S WHAT BEING AN AMERICAN IS ABOUT; THE FREEDOM TO HAVE AN DIFFERENT OPINION…..Like him as an actor but..that's as far as it goes…

  19. Penny Wells

    I don't know where you were during the Bush yrs. We had a GOP President from 2000 to 2008, and a GOP Congress from 1996 to 2006. Just weeks before Obama took office hundreds of thousands of Americans were losing their jobs every month. Hundreds of thousands were losing their homes, Our economy was in free fall with no end in sight. Unemployment was in double digits all over this country, here in Oregon it was over13%.. Maybe you were in lala land but I was paying attention. Obama did not create the problems. He inherited them..You need to go back and do some reading. You have google, use it. Use any search engine you want. You are the worst kind of voter. The uninformed kind. You have a responsibility to this country to make an informed decision when you vote. You have to think for yourself, not what some pundit on TV says..

  20. Gwendolyn Walker

    Well could someone tell me just what Mr. Romney has said,or better yet what is his actual plan to get the country back on track as he say's…..and how soon will we see results if he is elected because if he promises to get it done in less than four yrs..then hell yea…he should be MR. PRESIDENT…BUT!..IF IT IS GOING TO TAKE LONGER THAN FOUR YRS AND HE HAS NO REAL PLAN..THEN WHY THE HELL SHOULD I VOTE FOR HIM…I MAY AS WELL RIDE THIS OUT …AND WHAT DID MRS. OBAMA DO TO YOU TO MAKE YOU SO ANGRY TOWARDS HER…..

  21. Gwendolyn Walker

    Well could someone tell me just what Mr. Romney has said,or better yet what is his actual plan to get the country back on track as he say's…..and how soon will we see results if he is elected because if he promises to get it done in less than four yrs..then hell yea…he should be MR. PRESIDENT…BUT!..IF IT IS GOING TO TAKE LONGER THAN FOUR YRS AND HE HAS NO REAL PLAN..THEN WHY THE HELL SHOULD I VOTE FOR HIM…I MAY AS WELL RIDE THIS OUT …AND WHAT DID MRS. OBAMA DO TO YOU TO MAKE YOU SO ANGRY TOWARDS HER…..

  22. Ed Rainey

    and you dont know what your talking about…Obama disgraces you….wise up

  23. Leigh Blauvelt

    I love Clint as an actor but not a political speaker. He just did not do a good job up there. I thought he was off base way off base…

  24. Rachel Ledbetter

    are you saying you are intelligent ha another stupid lib that cann't understand that capitalis's built this country and without there support of the econ. we will be africa when they move to other countrys stupid ass without there money and jobs we will be the titanic its never going to be fair in this country but you run the rich out and you have pure HELL

  25. Rachel Ledbetter

    get off bush he did a great job clinton and you bleeding hearts are what fucked up the housing letting every alien buy houses with a 7dollar an hour job

  26. Rubi Melly Ketcham

    I thought it was brilliant, he got right to the point, it was the no bull shit speech! Clint you did great!

  27. Karletta-Kookie Hart

    Well People, to begin with. Clint Eastwood is a great Man and actor, he must have been Nervous, he had the Guts to talk to an Empty chair, I thought he made a great point, I have my Empty Chair out Front with my American Flag and Proud of it!! Give him some credit for making his point!!

  28. Karletta-Kookie Hart

    @ Judith: Obama is an Embaressment to those of us that Cherish the Flag we live under, and, are not afraid to Pray. I can't remember when there was an argument as to whether there should be a Prayer in a Convention until yesterday!! Grow Up, and, see the Facts!! We still love you Clint, its these young Whippersnappers that don't understand what Life is all about!!

  29. Beckie Sudduth

    BOTTOM LINE: Truth! HAD he a "script" he would have come across as a slick actor/this way was authentic abit somewhat "rambling" like a "regular" guy

  30. Jeannie Clifton

    He did a great job… and nailed it on what the chair behind the desk has been like for the past 4 years… empty.

  31. Brenda Edwards Hackney

    Clint made a lot of sense, he did it in a humorous way and yet he made his points! He was charming, funny and made my day! :o) He come from a generation who fought for our freedom and he reveres America, even if some people, AhhHumm, do not! He would never have the audacity to belittle our county overseas or apologize to anyone for who we are as a people! By the way…GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  32. Sandy Roper

    And BTW if we don't bring God back into the American life and stop with the political correctness, we will continue to struggle.

  33. Judith Brown

    No, think back to when YOUR government took prayer out the schools..I know for a fact Obama is NOT afraid to pray, he had nothing to do with that…and I'm not as young as you think Mz. Hart!

  34. Gina Bennett

    People are so uninformed it's disgusting. Why not do some research on your own to find out what's really going on and stop relying on the ridiculous media. It's pretty obvious that Romeny is bashing Obama to get voters out of hate. It's time people take a good hard look at what Romeny is promising. Education cuts, less healthcare regulations, women's health cuts AND restrictions, medicare and medicaid cuts, aggressive damage to the environment (clean coal nonsense), ect… What he isn't cutting are taxes to millionaires and big businesses. So if you have a mother, sister, daughter, less than a million dollars, have ever been sick and ended up with a medical bill you can't pay, need financial aid for school, have an aging parent that needs medicare, or care at all about the air quality that you're breathing in… it really doesn't make sense to vote for Romeny. It's clear that he doesn't really believe in this country or he would be keeping his money in the US and paying OUR government taxes on it, not paying the UK (cayman islands) or Switzerland. At the end of the day your vote is your own, but it seems as though the average voter has no idea how the government works or why they are voting for a particular candidate especially when it wouldn't directly benefit them. How can you possibly expect Obama to clean up the mess Bush left him in 2008, in 4 years?! Come on… be realistic. Our country needs massive reform in many areas and it just can't be done overnight. I'm not saying Obama is Gods gift or anything but Romeny is plague that will destroy this country and it's dream for many hardworking americans. This election is a case of voting for the lesser evil… get informed on your own and stop listening to the propaganda the media puts out.

  35. Melody Garratt Pithan

    I agree Bonnie. The speech wasn't as bad as people made it sound. You have to hear it for yourself and take his age and sense of humor into consideration. What he said made sense – to him and his party. Whether he got his facts straight – I don't know.

    I don't agree with his political views or with celeb's getting into politics for the sake of their celebrity, but I agree with you that people are just being too hard on Clint, personally. The older you get, the more tolerant you are of people who stutter or take longer to express themselves, and the Repub's are super-tolerant of each other. Ok – that was a little personal – sorry.

  36. Melody Garratt Pithan

    Beverly – I'm sure Romney can create his own 9/11 to get all of you Fox Newsies on board with him for 8 years. Maybe he'll do it and blame "Russia" this time.

    What has Michelle Obama got to do with anything? Are you one of those who was offended at her sleeveless dresses? Or is it the color of her skin?

  37. Mary Moore

    he is a wonderful actor and I'm sure a good man…but Clint stay out of politics they can ruin good guys…Let the people who want to serve this country do their own talking….your a great guy………

  38. June G McNamara

    I absolutely loved that speech. the Democrats who did not GET it were watching the speech with the idea (before they turned on the TV) that they would hate it. I have noticed, they tend to listen with the intent of answering, not learning something new. We in NC have a saying about BIG Democrats and that is "yellow dog Democrats". That means, if a yellow dog is running for president, they would vote for it. Mr. Eastwood was brilliant, plus entertaining, and I enjoyed it very much.

  39. Virginia Salvatore

    agree whole hartily with you RoseMarie. Why is it the Liberals don't understand what Eastwood did.
    They have no sense of humor, a pre requisite to intelligence.

  40. Mary Moore

    Thank you Dan for your input..it was very well said………..I love Clint Eastwood he is a great man….and yes he may speak out……lol.

  41. Carmenl C Linder

    Clint Eastwood was great and he is what we are missing in our country, a icon to tell it like it is. Bravo for Clint and yes he made me realized that I need to vote for Mitt this coming election.

  42. Mary Moore

    I wish this was going to be a nice election but im afraid it isnt (i hope im wrong) Gentleman,like Mr Eastwood deserve respect not to be caught up in this political arena. I admire him for doing what was asked of him to do tho..He is great at so many things………..

  43. Rich Flournoy

    Very interesting discussion and points of view presented here. You may not agree with what somebody says but for the sake of continuing ANY type of public discourse, let's keep it respectful and not resort to personal attacks – otherwise the whole thing degenerates into something like a verbal food fight and the whole point of the original discussion is lost. With that said, Clint Eastwood is a great actor, director and human being in general. He cares deeply about the welfare of this country, has held political office himself and is entitled to his opinion of who should be president for the next four years. IMHO it wasn't his greatest moment or speech, but the guy is eighty-two and was probably somewhat nervous doing that whole empty chair thing. If it was me up there, I'd be Ralph Cramden trying to get the first syllable out.

  44. David Boudinot

    Virtually all the criticism of his speech the other night, from both sides of the aisle, were of the producers of the convention and their choices of timing in regard to his speech. Everyone likes Clint Eastwood, and out of the context I think most people enjoyed his little one man show. It didn't serve the Republican cause very well in the time slot it was offered. That's the criticism, and well deserved I think. A lot of people on TV made a lot of hay about how old he is, in a critical way. Totally disrespectful of them in my opinion. Ed Schultz on MSNBC was guilty of it. Saw people on all the major networks take that tack as well. Respect your elders people. The message is important. The delivery not so much. Having said all that, I didn't watch his presentation. I was walking the dog at the time.

  45. LaDonna Magnolia

    I agree Bonnie….the least we can do is have respect for each other. It is quite obvious that hate and discontent is not and has not ever worked.Time for a REAL change and to let all of that go. I speak as an Independant Party.

  46. Gwendolyn Walker

    i agree rich….were suppose to be intelligent adult's…….Able to have a civil conversation..whatever opinion we might have…

  47. Harold L. Garcez

    Do not be stupid! How many fools in Washington D.C. have broken there promises? That's part of the game.And it pisses me off when some a-hole says that Obama broke his promises.How many promises has Eastwood made?

  48. Brenda Edwards Hackney

    Sandy, I agree with you whole heartedly. I think the minute we take our Constitution apart and take Religious Freedom out of our lives, America is in for a tough road.

  49. Michael Nagin

    Funny. I am a slave to government, not the Republican party being a slave to the Tea Party idiots. They who apparently control every move by the Republican party as if they were exerting some kind of mind control. And lets not forget the ever powerful Grover Norquist who is not even an elected official forcing them all to sign a pledge that he has put together. Not a pledge to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States, but a pledge to an ordinary citizen with no government ties whatsoever. And so I am a slave to the government? What a laugh!

  50. Sue Greer

    I think that it is very sad for a man who had as illustrious a career as he has, and who has made as many socially conscious movies as he has, will now go down being remembered as a befuddled old man spewing out silenced obsenities at an empty chair. Actually much like the character he plays in his new movie. So sad.

  51. Judith Brown

    @Virginia, you just proved that you all don't care about noone but yourselves.

  52. Myrtis Wilmoth

    OMG…please not four more years of him. He is the only president we've had that has scared me with his idea of a direction for our country. It isn't just that I prefer not to live in a socialist society, it is more that I have no idea what idea will pop into his head next that he thinks is exactly what we need whether we want it or not. And I am tired, repeat…tired, of having him patty cake with our enemies.

  53. Myrtis Wilmoth

    OMG…please not four more years of him. He is the only president we've had that has scared me with his idea of a direction for our country. It isn't just that I prefer not to live in a socialist society, it is more that I have no idea what idea will pop into his head next that he thinks is exactly what we need whether we want it or not. And I am tired, repeat…tired, of having him patty cake with our enemies.

  54. Myrtis Wilmoth

    Gina Bennett I know what I would mean by that. It's like the European gent who lives down the road. He said, "I lived in a socialst country, I have no desire to do so again." I have no desire to do that, either.

  55. Myrtis Wilmoth

    Gina Bennett I know what I would mean by that. It's like the European gent who lives down the road. He said, "I lived in a socialst country, I have no desire to do so again." I have no desire to do that, either.

  56. King Koopa

    Ed, Virginia karlletta. You guys are idiots and you don't know anything what is going on with our country. It's funny because mitt is acting like he doesn't even want to win. Just look at how many time he has changed his mind over the years about what he supports what will he think next year when Obama wins again. When these people actually check the facts they will feel real dumb. So just let them keep believing thoses mis guided advertisements you would think Americans are smart enough to check their own facts. And Clint is and idiot and a racist they all have one black friend (Morgan Freeman) and he doesn't even like but he pays good

  57. El Henry

    Clearly people blaming Obama for everything wrong with this country have very little knowledge of governmental history, and merely follow like sheep to the slaughter house…careful when you speak, your ignorance is showing!