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Carmel stands by Eastwood after speech
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 31, 2012 | Benny Evangelista and Kevin Fagan

Posted on 09/01/2012 3:23:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

When "Dirty Harry" interviewed "Invisible Obama" at the Republican convention Thursday night, Clint Eastwood gained a new kind of fame, as the butt of jokes all over the Twitter-verse.

"Idea for a cable drama: Clint Eastwood is a hard-boiled cop that sees his dead partner in every empty chair. It's called 'La-Z Boys in Blue,'"read one tweet.

"Give Clint Eastwood a break. ...The RNC asked him to speak about ObamaCare and he thought they said ObamaChair," read another.

The actor's mock interview of an empty chair purportedly representing President Obama turned into one of the most-talked-about events of the entire convention. Probably not in the way Eastwood or the GOP intended.

It had convention delegates and other Republicans alternately guffawing and scratching their heads. And it gave Democrats new ammunition heading into their own convention next week.

"Condescending talk down and ridicule of POTUS by white man makes Eastwood a great tea party icon," read another tweet.

Yet in the real world - Carmel-by-the-Sea, where the 82-year-old actor and former mayor is regarded more as a friendly neighbor than a big-shot movie star, the reaction was akin to a shrug.

"Hey, he's a nice guy who walks around town and talks to all the locals," said resident Ann Oggerino, 48, who works at a downtown gas station. "Nobody's going to hold anything against him."

The guy's a hit

On a night Republicans hoped the country would focus on presidential nominee Mitt Romney, San Francisco's Twitter said Eastwood came close to stealing the online show.

The third-biggest spike in Twitter traffic during the entire convention, behind speeches by Romney and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was the 7,044 tweets per minute posted after Eastwood had his imaginary, sometimes funny, sometimes halting, on-stage conversation with an invisible Obama, represented by that empty chair.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinteastwood; eastwood; obamaemptychair; rncconvention; romneyryan2012
Mark Steyn: Play Clinty For Me
1 posted on 09/01/2012 3:23:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Condescending talk down and ridicule of POTUS"

So those freakin liar butt holes DID get it. I'm sure little barry was ticked off, hehehe.

2 posted on 09/01/2012 3:30:34 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>>ridicule of POTUS by white man...

Same old, same old, except even more illiterate than usual. I guess that Alinsky tactic of ridicule is starting to leave a mark. We need more of that, but without the malice of Alinsky; just like Clint laid it on.


3 posted on 09/01/2012 3:32:00 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“”Condescending talk down and ridicule of POTUS by white man makes Eastwood a great tea party icon,” read another tweet.””

I’m shocked a person as stupid as whoever wrote that knows how to read and write


4 posted on 09/01/2012 3:36:48 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Eastwood looked terrible and rambling. But no matter. Everyone talking about how he made Obama into an “empty chair” and that speaks volumes. There are moments in an election that are memorable. “Where’s the beef.” was one. “It’s the economy stupid.” another. “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” another. Eastwood’s Obama empty chair will be one of those moments and the left knows it.


5 posted on 09/01/2012 3:51:14 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: NoGrayZone; expat1000; All
Feel Lucky?
6 posted on 09/01/2012 3:52:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When "Dirty Harry" interviewed "Invisible Obama" at the Republican convention Thursday night, Clint Eastwood gained a new kind of fame, as the butt of jokes all over the Twitter-verse.

Mike Savage was correct. Clint Eastwood's convention speech will go down in history as one of the greatest convention speeches of all time.

The pathetic attempts at humor and attempts to make him the butt of jokes fails to impress me. More than that, the fast and furious response to his speech illustrate how effective he was.

The immediate and intense response made his day, just as Clint Eastwood asked "Go ahead, make my Day!"

If you have not listened or read Clint Eastwood's speech, please do before you read the hysterical and shallow attacks and attempts at humor by the leftists. You might find them somewhat amusing. The Democrat playbook is a small book with only one chapter.

7 posted on 09/01/2012 4:00:53 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Clint Eastwood sounded like every bit of his 83 years., but his message wasn’t lost.

He is old and he did ramble, but his message was solid.

Clint is coming to the end days, and he wants to leave America with a solid future.

With Obama there is no future.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 4:03:14 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Fred Nerks; mojitojoe; TigersEye

Clint Eastwood’s empty chair skit hit home, and penetrated the target deeply: Undecided Voters.

Thats why the Dems are so busy scrambling around trying for some kind of damage control, ALL of which has failed.

Obama indeed is an empty chair. He has been a pResident of no compromise with Congress, even when the DEMS controlled both houses for 2 years.Hell, Obama could not compromise with HIMSELF let alone a bunch of Republican Congress Critters.Obama is an ideologue, and therefore he HAS ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.

Clint Eastwood skillfully pointed all of this out.
And the secret is out. “When they do not do their job, you just gotta let ‘em go,” a simple line that none of the MSM showed in their carefully edited clips of Eastwood’s speech.


9 posted on 09/01/2012 4:08:32 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: olezip

I thought it was funny and it was refreshing to see ANYONE dare ridicule Obama. Late night comedians and comedy shows treat him with such careful respect (careful not to be called racist which is this generation’s equivalent of ‘Communist’ in the 1950s).

Dems are in a tailspin over it mostly mocking Clint for being old — ageism is one of the ‘isms’ apparently okay by them. (And we thought they cared about Grandma!).


10 posted on 09/01/2012 4:08:54 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Venturer

Clint Eastwood sounded like every bit of his 83 years., but his message wasn’t lost.

He is old and he did ramble, but his message was solid.

Clint is coming to the end days, and he wants to leave America with a solid future.

With Obama there is no future.


At 83, I think Clint could still beat down about 99.99% of all Democrats. In fact, I think he did so at the convention


11 posted on 09/01/2012 4:13:01 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When is Fox News gonna fire Karl Rove?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
From another thread....

And would like to see people all across the country stick an empty chair in their front yard - a la Wag the Dog and the shoes bit. That would really get under Obama’s skin!

Lets see empty chairs in front gardens across the nation...

12 posted on 09/01/2012 4:16:15 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: HarleyD
Eastwood looked terrible and rambling

Ha...take another look...Clint is as sharp as a tack....that was all part of the performance from a great actor/director.

You think the hair wasn't like that by design....

..and the rambling was just perfect.

13 posted on 09/01/2012 4:20:19 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave

If you’ve ever seen Clint on a talk show, you would know that this was Clint himself....a rambling realist, sarcastic and impish....


14 posted on 09/01/2012 4:26:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Candor7
....Thats why the Dems are so busy scrambling around trying for some kind of damage control, ALL of which has failed.....

And by making it an issue and poking fun at it, they're driving people to see it.

15 posted on 09/01/2012 4:41:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: spokeshave

WOW!

What super idea!


16 posted on 09/01/2012 4:42:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: spokeshave

I’m in!


17 posted on 09/01/2012 4:45:35 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Turn off the Idiot box.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is an actor..he was great..listen to it again not looking at him..this is 1950’s comedy..


18 posted on 09/01/2012 4:48:56 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: BufordP

Other movie quotes Eastwood could have used for Obama:
“He’s a legend in his own mind.”
“A man’s got to know his limitations.”
“I know what you’re thinking...should he get 8 years or only 4? You have got to ask yourself one question...are F-ING NUTS?”


19 posted on 09/01/2012 4:52:43 AM PDT by Sensei Ern (After 4 years of BO, I need some R&R!)
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To: Venturer
It matters not what speed that wisdom comes... but that it comes and rings clear.

LLS

20 posted on 09/01/2012 4:57:20 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The image of Obama in an empty chair will remain, regardless of the attacks on Eastwood. Rush Limbaugh described it best yesterday. The skit hit a nerve because it was the truth.


21 posted on 09/01/2012 4:59:23 AM PDT by FreedBird
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To: olezip
Mike Savage was correct. Clint Eastwood's convention speech will go down in history as one of the greatest convention speeches of all time.

Most powerful points in all of the RNC and indeed forever unforgettable. Thank God for Clint.He said what no one else could say, and not being a politician but a director whose films always make a powerful statement of reality exposing the lies of political correctness only gave him more clout than any politician could ever have.

No, it didn't take away from the great speeches.

It only added a huge asterisk to all of them.

22 posted on 09/01/2012 5:01:52 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yet in the real world - Carmel-by-the-Sea, where the 82-year-old actor and former mayor is regarded more as a friendly neighbor than a big-shot movie star, the reaction was akin to a shrug. "Hey, he's a nice guy who walks around town and talks to all the locals," said resident Ann Oggerino, 48, who works at a downtown gas station. "Nobody's going to hold anything against him."

Yep. Even at the height of his fame in 1982, when I lived in Monterey and he set up his Hog's Breath bar in Carmel, he would often tend bar personally when he was in town. He acted like any normal business owner and only asked the press to not pester him when he was at home.

23 posted on 09/01/2012 5:16:16 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: HarleyD
He did ramble a bit, but he certainly was coherent and right on with his critique of Obama and company. The more the video is replayed, the more the “empty chair” is going to be the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about Obama.

I think it was brilliant.

24 posted on 09/01/2012 5:16:37 AM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: SeminoleCounty
At 83, I think Clint could still beat down about 99.99% of all Democrats. In fact, I think he did so at the convention

If Clint is as feeble as his appearance at the podium would suggest, how did he get out on stage as quickly as he did is one thing people need to think of.

The other is when his skit was finished, did y'all notice how deliberate and focused, without any wobble or indecision, his stride was going backstage?

Add to it, this guy is a very professional actor, director and producer. Everyone who is panning him for his apparent feebleness needs to think long and hard about that one. He is very adept at making the smallest traits of a character look perfectly real. How many Academy Awards has he won by doing just that?

25 posted on 09/01/2012 5:24:59 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: Candor7
Clints talk was effective, the MSM and left don't like the message or the fact he broke through the Hollywood taboo of criticizing, mocking Obama.

they want to play gatekeeper for Obama, where Clint said -this is our country can't hang on to the ineffectiveness of one man.

26 posted on 09/01/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Empty head” is more like it (referencing Obama’s marvelous intellect). Furthermore, I bet Eastwood is crying all the way to the bank. More power to him!


27 posted on 09/01/2012 5:29:40 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Clint hit’em right where it hurts...and they darn sure felt it.

Hence, all the tears...


28 posted on 09/01/2012 5:31:17 AM PDT by moovova (Hope-ium...Time to kick the habit.)
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To: SeminoleCounty
"Clint Eastwood sounded like every bit of his 83 years., but his message wasn’t lost. He is old and he did ramble, but his message was solid. Clint is coming to the end days, and he wants to leave America with a solid future. With Obama there is no future."

Exactly! My grandmother talked just like he does with the rambling and stuttering but SHE WAS VERY SHARP even for a Democrat!

(She didn't vote so she was my favorite democrat)

I loved Clints speech and I truly think he new exactly what he was talking about.

Now lets start working hard at getting that empty chair removed from OUR WHITE HOUSE!

When I here that scrawny POS make his last speech (when he concedes in November) that will make my day!!

29 posted on 09/01/2012 5:39:23 AM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: Johnny_cash
He played/acted the part perfectly of an elderly gentleman who got a little confused on what he wanted to say but was sharp as a tack when the punch line came. He is capable of winning another Oscar for acting if he desired to do so. Have to laugh every time his speech is played.
30 posted on 09/01/2012 6:16:18 AM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: Arlis

I was taken by the audience reaction when Clint took the stage. There was immediate and tumultuous applause, yells of delight, and smiles all around. It was obvious that Clint (and it seems natural to call him by his first name) is held in great affection, and not just by Republicans, but by the American public, much like another patriot/actor, John Wayne.


31 posted on 09/01/2012 6:29:03 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: John 3_19-21

Have one in the yard now!


32 posted on 09/01/2012 6:41:13 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: pepperdog
So many possibilities with the whole "chair" meme...


33 posted on 09/01/2012 6:51:40 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Clint was very effective with his skit, hence all this loud noise to ridicule and discredit him.
34 posted on 09/01/2012 7:02:30 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: Hojczyk

“this is 1950’s comedy” with a little vaudeville bawdiness thrown in. It’s well worth watching again, and listening line by line. He really jabs the Dems and Obama.


35 posted on 09/01/2012 7:03:01 AM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bfl


36 posted on 09/01/2012 7:07:36 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: mazda77

We have a friend who is 87. He was in the 101st Airborne and parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. Last 3 days, shot in the lung by friendly fire. Out lasted one wife of 63 years (may God rest her soul. I STILL miss her). Married a Japanese woman who was witnessed the A-bombing of Nagasaki.

Our friend has health problems and is “feeble” in that his back doesn’t work as well as it used to, and his legs don’t move as fast, and he’s kind of scary to drive with, there is not a thing wrong with his mind. He’s still sharp, his memory is in tact. In fact, he and his wife do so much with the VA and other veteran’s groups, we can’t keep up with them.


37 posted on 09/01/2012 8:28:59 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: HarleyD
Eastwood’s Obama empty chair will be one of those moments and the left knows it.

Yup, we won't have to wait for o bummer to do this:


38 posted on 09/01/2012 8:34:42 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How dare Clint gently mock the POTUS. Why, it’s never been done before in the history of our country. Just ask Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H Bush, Clinton, Dubya, etc!


39 posted on 09/01/2012 8:34:55 AM PDT by Bridesheadfan
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To: Candor7
Clint Eastwood’s empty chair skit hit home, and penetrated the target deeply: Undecided Voters.

Bingo! Just what I thought. He was not speaking to committed Republican voters he was speaking to the undecided/independents/middle-of-the-roaders.

40 posted on 09/01/2012 8:48:07 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Sensei Ern
Other movie quotes Eastwood could have used for Obama:...

"How'd you like a punch in the face"

Clint Eastwood Meets Mister Ed

41 posted on 09/01/2012 9:20:56 AM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: mazda77

Clint Eastwood has spent his entire adult life acting, directing and producing motion pictures. His entire act at the RNC was as intended. He beat the living cr*p out of Obama with nothing but a smile and a gravelly whisper. Anyone who thinks otherwise is too dumb to know the difference.


42 posted on 09/01/2012 9:25:03 AM PDT by karnage
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To: TigersEye

“If they can’t get the job done, you just gotta let ‘em go!”

The empty chair dialogue comes from an acting exercise from acting school. The stammer, and talking and switching around is part of the technique.Jimmy Stewart used the technique as did many vaudeville actors.

Its quite a laugh that the Dem reviewers , who have so many actors who are leftists in the party, missed the finer points of acting that Clint Eastwood displayed in his delivery of his empty chair dialogue with Obama. It was actually quite brilliant.

That smarted big time. Make no mistake about it.Watch them try to get back at Eastwood during their own Dem Obama worship convention.


43 posted on 09/01/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7
His supposed teleprompter malfunction may have even been part of the bit.
Intended or not it also sends a message.

Watch them try to get back at Eastwood during their own Dem Obama worship convention.

That is a mistake I hope they make.

44 posted on 09/01/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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