By Jessica Huseman
Clint Eastwood gave what seemed to be a mix of political one liners and a comedy sketch directed at an invisible Obama at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.
If he had a teleprompter, his slurred words and rants directed at President Obama (Read: An empty chair on stage left) – made it obvious that he totally ignored it.
“So I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here and I just was going to ask him a couple of questions. But you know, I remember three and a half years ago when Mr. Obama won the election and, no, I wasn’t a big supporter,” Eastwood said to the chair.
He bantered with the chair for a while before saying, “Shut up. It’s my turn!” to the chair, which was evidently not playing nice.
“I just wondered, all these promises, and then I wondered about you know, when what do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him that. Tell him yourself. You’re absolutely crazy.”
I’m sorry, the invisible chair is crazy?
Good news though: Invisible Obama now has a Twitter account:
While Eastwood’s speech did have substance – he criticized Obama for failing to adress the economy and for originally wanting to shut down Guantanamo Bay – the end result of the speech probably didn’t woo the American public like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly did.
It may have had the opposite effect entirely:
Let me be clear: I love Clint Eastwood. I grew up in a house that kept his poster from Dirty Harry as a permanent wall fixture. This, however, was not his best moment.
Judge for yourself:
CNN is now reporting Eastwood was only supposed to give a five minute speech, but went over by seven minutes with unscripted material. Regardless of how much you agreed with what Eastwood said (that is, if you understood it), his performance (notice I didn’t say speech) is going to distract from a great speech by Mitt Romney.