Clint Eastwood: Mission Accomplished!

Friday, September 7, AD 2012


Clint Eastwood gives a fascinating interview on his empty chair lambasting of Obama at last week’s Republican convention:

For five days after he thrilled or horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, Eastwood remained silent while pundits and critics debated whether his remarks, and the rambling way he made them, had helped or hurt Romney’s chances of winning in November.

But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday from his home in Pebble Beach, he said he had conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature of his presentation was intentional, too.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “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.”

Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in?Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment.

Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.

“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

And while the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.

Go here to read the rest in The Carmel Pine Cone.  So it was an amazing piece of improv that Eastwood put together on the spur of the moment, and all the more effective for it.  Brilliant!

Now that the “shouting and the tumult” of the conventions have died down, and the campaign captains and would be kings have departed for the campaign trails, there will be two lasting images of these conventions in the popular mind:  Clint Eastwood getting “Dirty Harry” with Obama’s reelection chances and the Democrats’  public relations nightmare in having at least half their delegates deny God three times!

5 Responses to Clint Eastwood: Mission Accomplished!

  • When half its delegates publicly denied God three times, the DNC showed itself and its leader for exactly the empty chair Clint Eastwood used.

  • Actually both of these memorable moments were unscripted. Maybe that’s why they were memorable.

  • Don’t expect cartoons or jokes about the ’empty chair’ to go away till the election. To the having over half denying God three times, we might want to take note of the larger number of athiest and Muslims who were at the convention with their own committees and opportunities to speak to seperate groups.
    The video of Clint Eastwood and the closing prayer of Timothy Cardinal Dolan are saved links for me.

  • Joe Citizen was like the wind blowing away the fog for some of us other citizens.

    An uplifting relief to have a moment of humor, common sense, and truth about reality.

    Government can’t run on no budget, like a car won’t with an empty gas tank.

    Government can’t go on with nothing to give (except laws passed inefficiently for sex and drugs) ; not telling people about the trouble right down the road that they can’t handle without money to give out to people.

    I remember Rowdy Yates was the one who always scouted out trouble down the trail and dealt with it. He’s a hero still as Joe Citizen in 2012.

  • I just watched Eastwood’s speech for the first time…and the problem is?