Skip to comments.Eastwood Rightly Mocks An Empty-Chair Presidency
Posted on 08/31/2012 4:23:14 PM PDT by raptor22
Tampa 2012: In remarks to a chair as vacant as the one in the Oval Office, a Hollywood icon reminds us that the president is a failed employee of the people and it's time to let him go.
As performance shtick, it may not have come off perfectly. But judging from the reaction from those "left of Lenin," as 82-year-old Hollywood legend described it during a sort of surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention Thursday, it skewered our absentee president perfectly.
"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," tweeted "left of Lenin" film critic Roger Ebert as Eastwood ad-libbed Thursday night to an audience of millions and one empty chair. "He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."
Eastwood's point, though delivered haltingly, was that President Obama is unworthy of the great nation he disparages and apologizes for incessantly, and that our failed employee should be given his walking papers.
Ebert and others miss the point that it is what Obama has done to us that is sad and pathetic.
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The audience obviously loved Clint and his message.
Tactically excellent, strategically stupid. GOP efforts should be directed at “Democrat policies” in general, of which Barack Obama is an epitome. The goal here is not just the presidency but the first conservative government since Calvin Coolidge’s day.
“Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” tweeted Roger Ebert”
This coming from an epic, hate-filled dickwad.
I’ll stick with Clint, thank you.
>> “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” tweeted “left of Lenin” film critic Roger Ebert
Obviously, Ebert is being critical of Clint’s age. Does Ebert deserves equal discriminator treatment?
equal discriminatory treatment
” “left of Lenin””
I gotta remember that one : )
Clint was excellent! His delivery was in the halting style of Jimmy Stewart. Excellent acting. I laughed and teared up at the same time.
"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,"
"Cher, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,"
"Ellen Barkin, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,"
That Roger Ebert, he's so evenhanded!
Nyuk! Nyuk! DNC heads exploding all around.....messy, messy, messy.
Eastwood saved the day . Rubio and Miit were also excellent .
The political class doesn’t seem to appreciate Eastwood’s bit, but I have a feeling it might have resonated far more than anything else the convention might have offered. Eastwood does have an iconic status in the culture, and he undoubtedly broke through to the heartland, using unforgiving Alinsky tactics on the Kenyan. Political operatives sometimes live too much in their tunnel-vision world of calculated speeches and focus groups and polls, and just are sometimes oblivious to cutting through the fog.
The local Fox affiliate barely mentioned the convention and then only halfway through the show, only to make Eastwood look insane.
Empty suit ping
Dirty Harry still looks pretty good for 82 years old....
He said what we’ve been wanting someone to say for years.
Clint nailed it, which is why the leftist media is attacking him. Rachel maddow really disgraced herself. For someone who thinks being a snotty smart-ass is a sign of intelligence, she showed a total lack of humor.
Indeed, laughter reduces Obama more than any specific criticism could.
The second thing this did was gig Obama---who is notoriously thin-skinned---and this will force him into campaign errors. You can argue it already has: Obama changed HIS schedule to now try and follow Romney to LA.
Oh, and third, do you remember what just a week ago consumed the media and blogosphere? Akin, Akin, Akin. Where is Mr. Akin now? Nobody cares. He's dropped off the media map as they attack Eastwood. But Eastwood's image is enduring . . . the empty chair. I just think it was a home run in every aspect.
Clint’s message was that not everyone in Hollywood is a leftist squish.
Lord knows, the SoCal clowncar is going to unload like apes on PCP next week, and gauging by the tweets its already began.
Hollywood’s been trying to sell us on a ‘different’ version of America. ABC is coming out with a series about a U-boat commander that refuses a legal nuclear launch order and instead launches against the US. Some other outfit is coming out with a show called ‘The New Normal’ about a gay couple.
The message couldn’t be clearer: Get used to a new, gay, European-style America. That’s what’s coming out of Hollywood, and Clint was there to say, it’s not completely true.
Eastwood’s presentation may not have been polished and perfect - but - there is now doubt HE was the only ‘common man’ among elitists on that stage, and the only man whose word can be trusted, ie. the rest were politicians, which means they lie, cheat, and when they’re not kissing babies they’re stealing the kid’s candy - ‘M.C.’
He hit Maddow right in the balls.
I’m really sick of the mdia attacks on Clint Eastwood. How dare he mock Obama! They are so offended.
I lmao...it was great.
I have heard some people remark about his delivery and such, but for me, I saw and heard echoes of men I have known... who over the years had tried to get someone - sometimes me - straightened out without going ballistic.
You know, at 60 I’m not getting any younger but I’d like to once more feel the crunch of a nose as my fist flattens it on a shmuck like Roger Ebert.
Since this bad joke of a president hasn’t met with his Jobs Council since January, the empty chair was most appropriate.
He’s had time to make out his NCAA basketball tourney brackets, welcome sports teams to the White House, play umpteen rounds of golf, go on countless campaign jaunts, but he can’t meet with the worthless committee he appointed to act as though he was doing something about the 15% real unemployment rate.
Someone was listening to Mark Levin this evening.
Aim for his jaw.
As another FReeper observed it was a calculated performance by Eastwood. There were subtle signs I saw last night, and couldn’t quite believe until finding a confirmation here, that Clint was following a prepared script playing a fuddy duddy, the kind that many seniors in the audience would identify with. The result is such that Clint Eastwood defined the campaign for the Bishop, something that 100 TV ads and a dozen too clever by half DC consultants could never do! Brilliant!
You get an A for being ............
I agree - Eastwood’s “shtick” was absolutely brilliant! And, I believe it was not at all unplanned. This is an accomplished iconic actor who’s no dottering old fool. When I was at each of the 3 screenings of “2016” that I’ve seen, Clint’s new movie (”The Trouble with Curves”) which he directed and stars in was a featured trailer. I agree with the many posters who believe the dottering fool approach was in the style of Jimmy Stewart. If you read the lines Clint delivered, they were absolutely devastating. Not even a fired up Mark Levin could have ripped apart the “mystique” of Dear Leader better than Clint did!
Clint’s apperarance, of course, was to help create in the popular culture legitimacy of Romney/Ryan/GOP claims that Obama is an historically failed president. On a night in which the main speakers (Rubio, Romney) took great pains to tell us what a great guy Obamugabe is and “it’s OK to make a change”, inserting Eastwood was truly brilliant. He said all the things that the main speakers couldn’t, given their strategy to appeal to the undecideds. Plus, the empty chair meme has already percolated into popular discourse and social media. Won’t be surprised to see empty chairs strategically placed at Romney/Ryan rallies for the next 2 months.
Moreover, this was the 1st time that I can recall in which Obama was truly ridiculed - and it was devastating - and it was in front of 40 million people! Let the left/MSM squeal. From now on, when people see an empty chair, they’re going to think of the Islamomarixist!
He should have debated an empty suit. It would have been more accurate.
Couldn’t agree more - I’m an independent - with one exception (2008 for Sarah) I’ve never given funds to any party. And I’ve never posted signs or other affiliations publicly. Today I put an old chair and a golf club in my yard. It’ll stay till my wife raises cane about how it makes the yard look bad ;)
Golf club? Nice touch.
I just read a liberal article saying no one wants to take responsibility for asking Clint Eastwood to speak - I am very glad someone did....we thought he was delightful....loved the empty chair and the references to go ...... clearly an anatomical impossibility. Obama is such a jerk.........
“Every Which Way but Loose”!!!
That is exactly what I thought of when I saw him last night.
People forget Clint did pretty low brow comedy. He did it well last night.
They are idiots. Clint is an icon.
And Clint did it all WITHOUT a teleprompter.
I loved his presentation.
Short, Sweet, To The Point, (of his stiletto wit)
Rush said it all: “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Ebert is too stupid to know that.
I thought it was rather funny,but I would have preferred seeing Eastwood talking to a Suit while it was hanging on a valet.Because Obama is nothing but an empty suit.
You got that right. Dead pan low brow. Listen closely, because if you don’t catch it, the subtle humor he uses will sail clean over your head.
Thanks for the ping...
Clint Eastwood did an excellent job of outing the leftists - again. He’s got them all fired up and it’s fun to watch them all come unglued!
Good Job, Callahan!
“Is that your dog?” “Why, do you want him?”
I forget which movie it was. Marvelous.