Clint Eastwood Makes Surprise Appearance at RNC

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Talks to empty chair in performance that upset some Romney aides.

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In a bizarre turn for a political convention, Clint Eastwood carried out an imaginary conversation with Barack Obama, represented by an empty stool onstage.
The Dirty Harry actor's performance ranged from biting to rambling, with lots of jokes and a salty touch.
"I've got Mr. Obama sitting here and I was going to ask him a couple of questions," Eastwood told the delegates, gesturing to the stool, before pretending to question Obama about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and whether he should have tried to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.
At one point he "listened" to the imaginary Obama lash out at Romney -- leaving the president's side of the conversation to the audience's imagination.
"He can't do that to himself. You're absolutely crazy!" Eastwood reacted. "You're getting as bad as Biden."
Stern-faced Romney aides winced at times as Eastwood's remarks stretched on. On a night where virtually every moment was scripted, Eastwood was among the only speakers not reading from a teleprompter as he spoke. It was blank.


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  • by Courtney on Sep 4, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    It was a funny skit. What is sad is it was accurate about no one being in the seat. Especially now that he is on the campaign trail. Who is watching over the White House as he tours?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    Ya all ben lisin ta Uncle Joe??? Now thats bizarre and he's second in line for Ya all Demacats, Kool-aid indeed!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    I thought that Eastwood was funny, but then I think Paul Ryan is a joke, a very bad one, but still a joke. Think that the huricane did something to the RNC as a whole. I was willing to consider Romney as President, but when he picked Ryan, he lost my vote along with a lot of other Senior Citizens.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I agree that there is most deffinately something in whatever the Republicans are drinking! But Clint Eastwood was funny. I don't agree with him but thought he was funny.
  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Aug 31, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    There is definitely something in the Republican Kool-aid. Whether you agree with their politics or not you can't dispute that the number of bizarre comments and incidents are alarming.
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