Clint Eastwood's Insane RNC Speech: A First-Hand Perspective of Chairgate

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Eastwood and his chair

"Clint Eastwood and an empty chair. This should be good," I thought from a media riser inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. The delegates from Vermont and Kansas seated just below me were enthusiastic, anxious to hear what the former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California had to say about why Mitt Romney should be president.

"We love you, Clint!" some shouted as the applause subsided, lifting camera phones and iPads well above their heads in an effort to score a sweet shot of the four-time Academy Award winner.

No one knew they were about to witness the defining disaster of the RNC. But then the 82-year-old icon started speaking ... slowly, very slowly.

For 12 painstakingly long minutes, we were lost in Awkardville, a frighteningly uncomfortable state-of-mind where you're never quite sure what the joke is, and old people seem to deteriorate in front of a live audience.

"So I've got Mr. Obama sitting here," Eastwood says, drawing attention to an empty wooden chair sharing the GOP stage with him. "I was going to ask him a couple of questions."

Is old man Eastwood about to act out a two-character scene where he plays both roles? I wondered. That could've been cool.

Instead, Eastwood rambled on about the Obama administration's alleged shortcoming with zero cohesiveness, occasionally barking "shut up" in the general direction of a silent and invisible President Obama. This GIF, hopefully, captures some of the magic:


It was heartbreaking, honestly, eerily reminiscent of the type of Thanksgiving dinner where your grandmother's sister insists on talking about politics and you realize she's flirting with dementia.

You feel helpless and immediately begin to miss who that person was -- vibrant, lucid. Everyone in the room shares your sentiment, but what do you do?

In Eastwood's case, you respectfully recite his most famous movie line and hope that it's enough to get him off the stage and back to his recliner.

It's hard watching people you admire get old; and it certainly doesn't make anyone's day.

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trickaby60
trickaby60

Clint's message was very clear. Obama has proven to be the complete and utter failure that intelligent people expected him to be based upon his total lack of experience and accomplishment. No surprises. He can't run on his record because it is dismal so all he has is to attack Romney on peripheral issues like gay marriage and Clint Eastwood's speech. That makes for a pathetic campaign. It's no wonder that other Democrats don't want to be seen with him. Now the real kicker is that looking at opinion polls, many are using 2008 voting demographics rather than 2010 yet digging down to voter attitudes they are matching 2010. If 2010 demographics were used, Obama trails by as much as 10 points.

So, Barry, it looks like AMF for you. 

 

Myrantz
Myrantz

Only a Teabaggger and Clint understand what the freak was going on.

coralforlife
coralforlife

He was AWESOME you pathetic little libtard miscreants can't find a thing wrong with Romney/Ryan so in you utter despair you pick on Eastwood's age!

Martha Kaplan Backer
Martha Kaplan Backer

Think he was the best speaker of all, also liked the Jane woman who worked with Romney in Mass/ a liberal Democrat, figured, that's why she made sense.

John Pearson
John Pearson

Reminds me of a Bob Newhart telephone skit. Think of that and watch it again.

Morris Solow
Morris Solow

Clint was emulating disillusioned Democrats...He admittedly voted for Obama. Don't Be Stupid.

Odalys Sierra
Odalys Sierra

Read a thought of the day written by a dear friend. Went like this: great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. Claim it if it fits.

Terrance Skerrette
Terrance Skerrette

We should still embrace our elderly even when they do shit that doesn't seem publicly kosher....that might be us one day.

Joelle Parra
Joelle Parra

I love Clint, but this was cringeworthy. And if this was an act...he surely pulled off the rambling senile man part seamlessly. Get this man another Oscar!!

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan

The crowd loved it. He brought down the house. He was completely coherent and his message was spot on.

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Typical lib politics of personal destruction when someone has an opposing point of view or doesn't play nice with their cult leader.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

He's a damn actor people. It was funny. Get over it.

Felix L Ricardo
Felix L Ricardo

Clint Eastwood was the best thing at the RNC, next to Ron Paul making an appearance.

DeanGarr
DeanGarr

How many ways can one say, "mistake"?Republican convention went off the rails with this one. Is this a taste of what Republican good judgment looks like? What the hell were they thinking? This was the last night of the Republican convention.And we are given this? I love Clint Eastwood. But only managed to feel sorry for him. And to feel sorry for the poor bozo who talked the convention committee into this stunt.

formerObamasupporter
formerObamasupporter

Thank you for your view on Mr Eastwoods speach at the Republican National Convention.  I don't share your views but that's okay...I think we should let other senior citizens read what the Left winged liberal media thinks about Mr Eastwood and senior citizens in general...so I have taken the liberty of sharing with about 30 different groups all over the USA, who happen to be Senior Citizen Voters. 

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