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Eastwood Rightly Mocks An Empty-Chair Presidency
IBD EDITORIALS ^ | August 31, 2012

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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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinteastwood; eastwood; election2012; hollywoodblacklist; hollywoodreds; ibd; obama; rogerebert; romneyryan
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Feel lucky, Barack?
1 posted on 08/31/2012 4:23:21 PM PDT by raptor22
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To: raptor22

The audience obviously loved Clint and his message.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 4:27:53 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: raptor22

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.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 4:28:28 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: raptor22

“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.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: raptor22

>> “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?


5 posted on 08/31/2012 4:31:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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equal discriminatory treatment


6 posted on 08/31/2012 4:32:21 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: raptor22

” “left of Lenin””

I gotta remember that one : )


7 posted on 08/31/2012 4:33:37 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: raptor22

Clint was excellent! His delivery was in the halting style of Jimmy Stewart. Excellent acting. I laughed and teared up at the same time.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 4:37:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: raptor22
Pick the phrase that Roger Ebert actually tweeted:

"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!

9 posted on 08/31/2012 4:37:21 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: raptor22
Basically pissing in Hussein's boot and telling him it's raining.

Nyuk! Nyuk! DNC heads exploding all around.....messy, messy, messy.

10 posted on 08/31/2012 4:37:42 PM PDT by stboz
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To: luvbach1

Eastwood saved the day . Rubio and Miit were also excellent .


11 posted on 08/31/2012 4:39:09 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: raptor22

12 posted on 08/31/2012 4:40:21 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: raptor22
empty throne...

13 posted on 08/31/2012 4:41:06 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: raptor22

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.


14 posted on 08/31/2012 4:43:45 PM PDT by greene66
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To: raptor22

The local Fox affiliate barely mentioned the convention and then only halfway through the show, only to make Eastwood look insane.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 4:44:03 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

Empty suit ping


16 posted on 08/31/2012 4:44:57 PM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: raptor22

Dirty Harry still looks pretty good for 82 years old....

He said what we’ve been wanting someone to say for years.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 4:45:37 PM PDT by Califreak (Obama.... Get off my lawn!)
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To: raptor22

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.


18 posted on 08/31/2012 4:45:57 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: greene66

Indeed, laughter reduces Obama more than any specific criticism could.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 4:46:16 PM PDT by Cruising For Freedom
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To: Carry_Okie
Strongly disagree. I think strategically it was (and is) brilliant, and it continued Paul Ryan's "faded poster" theme by making Obama invisible. This is absolutely critical and it accomplishes two goals: first, it totally eliminates Obama's perceived "invunerability" of "likeability." If SOME people think he can be ridiculed, many will ridicule him. And then he's finished in the "likeability" category.

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.

20 posted on 08/31/2012 4:46:24 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Carry_Okie

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.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 4:46:24 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Chode

LOL.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 4:47:22 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: raptor22

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.’


23 posted on 08/31/2012 4:47:44 PM PDT by Ed Story
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To: ozzymandus

He hit Maddow right in the balls.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 4:49:56 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: raptor22

I’m really sick of the mdia attacks on Clint Eastwood. How dare he mock Obama! They are so offended.


25 posted on 08/31/2012 4:52:52 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: raptor22
O’Bumbler, as ever present as Roger Ebert's lower jaw.
26 posted on 08/31/2012 4:58:09 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: raptor22

I lmao...it was great.


27 posted on 08/31/2012 5:09:33 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: raptor22
My mater (80+, lifelong Republican/former county GOP official) liked Clint's appearance- she thought it was honest and occasionally humorous. She also informed me that the congenital Dems she socializes with were seriously, SERIOUSLY furious about the episode, and were reverting - typically for statists - to questioning his mental health. Was his appearance effective? Well, I don't generally cuss if the bee doesn't sting me.

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.

28 posted on 08/31/2012 5:12:30 PM PDT by niteowl77 (Getting stuck with other peoples' just desserts good and hard for over 50 years.)
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To: raptor22

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.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 5:13:14 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: raptor22

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.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 5:17:28 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SparkyBass
COTUS: The Chair of the United States (COTUS)
31 posted on 08/31/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: jwalsh07
Right Turn Clyde
32 posted on 08/31/2012 5:25:58 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Carry_Okie
Tactically excellent, strategically stupid.

Someone was listening to Mark Levin this evening.

33 posted on 08/31/2012 5:29:17 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: jwalsh07
my fist flattens it on a shmuck like Roger Ebert.

Aim for his jaw.

34 posted on 08/31/2012 5:30:35 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: raptor22; bcsco

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!


35 posted on 08/31/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: raptor22


36 posted on 08/31/2012 5:38:55 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: LS
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.

You get an A for being ............

Astute.

37 posted on 08/31/2012 5:41:20 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: LS

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!


38 posted on 08/31/2012 5:41:34 PM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: raptor22

He should have debated an empty suit. It would have been more accurate.


39 posted on 08/31/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: stboz

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 ;)


40 posted on 08/31/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: reed13k

Golf club? Nice touch.


41 posted on 08/31/2012 5:53:13 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: raptor22

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.........


42 posted on 08/31/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by yoe
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To: LS

I agree!


43 posted on 08/31/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Aquamarine

“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.


44 posted on 08/31/2012 5:56:17 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: yoe
I just read a liberal article saying no one wants to take responsibility for asking Clint Eastwood to speak ...

They are idiots. Clint is an icon.

45 posted on 08/31/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: raptor22

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.


46 posted on 08/31/2012 6:01:10 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a Hate Crime. I just Hope they don't like it.)
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To: raptor22

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.


47 posted on 08/31/2012 6:02:11 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


48 posted on 08/31/2012 6:03:33 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a Hate Crime. I just Hope they don't like it.)
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To: raptor22

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!


49 posted on 08/31/2012 6:04:06 PM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: netmilsmom

Dirty Harry:

“Is that your dog?” “Why, do you want him?”

I forget which movie it was. Marvelous.


50 posted on 08/31/2012 6:07:12 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a Hate Crime. I just Hope they don't like it.)
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