Did you see his "speech" at the RNC? I was embarrassed for him. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. lol
Was Eastwood the "big surprise" speaker everyone had been speculating about?
I didn't see him but a friend said he was talking to an empty chair.
Wasn't sure if she meant literally or figuratively.
What exactly did he say?
MM, it was so rambling that I had trouble following it. Does Clint have Alzheimer's? I'm not trying to be funny - I'm being serious.
My husband saw it , and he said it was just old Clint Eastwood with nothing polished about his speech. I am in a speech club where a girl did something similar. I do not like that kind of role playing technique. I probably would not like it. You have to be really good to pull it off. Maybe men like it better, as my husband thought it was pretty good.
I think it may be a case of guy who's stopped caring about who thinks what about him. I'm convinced a whole lot of what looks like Alheimer's in older people is often a matter of their no longer caring who thinks what. .......I'd add a smiley-face here but neither my comma key nor "parens" keys are working today.
He had one great line. "what do you want me to tell
can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to
The following is a transcript of actor Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2012.
EASTWOOD: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you
very much. Save a little for Mitt.
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, what's a
movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left
wingers out there, left of Lenin. At least that is what people
think. That is not really the case. There are a lot of
conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans,
Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative
people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest.
They do not go around hot dogging it.
So -- but they are there, believe me, they are there. I
just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw John Voigt,
a lot of people around.
John's here, an academy award winner. A terrific guy.
These people are all like-minded, like all of us.
So I -- so I've got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he's -- I
was going to ask him a couple of questions. But -- you know
about -- I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama
won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was
watching that night when he was having that thing and they were
talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes
we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people
were lighting candles.
They were saying, I just thought, this was great.
Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying.
I was even crying. And then finally -- and I
cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million
people in this country.
Now that is something to cry for because that is a
national disgrace, and we haven't done enough, obviously -- this
administration hasn't done enough to cure that. Whenever
they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may
time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.
So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have
when you were running for election, and how do you handle them?
I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just -- you know
know -- people were wondering -- you don't -- handle that OK.
know even people in your own party were very disappointed when
didn't close Gitmo. And I thought, well closing Gitmo -- why
that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an
-- what do you mean shut up?
OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the
idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City.
I've got to to hand it to you. I have to give credit where
credit is due. You did finally overrule that finally. And
now we are moving onward. I know you were against the war in
and that's okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK.
know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We
check with the Russians to see how did it -- they did there for
But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and
think that, when we get to maybe -- I think you've mentioned
something about having a target date for bringing everybody
gave that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only
question, you know, he says, ``Why are you giving the date out
Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning?''
And I thought -- I thought, yeah -- I am not going to shut
is my turn.
So anyway, we're going to have -- we're going to have to
little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, all these
-- I wondered about when the -- what do you want me to tell
can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to
You're crazy, you're absolutely crazy. You're getting as
Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the
Kind of a grin with a body behind it.
But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I
that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along.
never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president,
I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're always
to argue everything, and always weight everything -- weigh both
XXX I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're
always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything,
weigh both sides.
EASTWOOD: They are always devil's advocating this and
bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff.
But, I think it is maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe
a businessman. How about that?
A stellar businessman. Quote, unquote, ``a stellar
And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step
aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still
use a plane.
Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you
are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and
stuff like that.
You are an -- an ecological man. Why would you want to
drive that around?
OK, well anyway. All right, I'm sorry. I can't do that to
I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen.
Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we
-- we own this country.
We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not
politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg
for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just
think it is important that you realize , that you're the best in
the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether
you're libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should
not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we
got to let them go.
Okay, just remember that. And I'm speaking out for
everybody out there. It doesn't hurt, we don't have to be
(AUDIENCE MEMBER): (inaudible)
I do not say that word anymore. Well, maybe one last time.
We don't have to be -- what I'm saying, we do not have to
be metal (ph) masochists and vote for somebody that we don't
really even want in office just because they seem to be nice
guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the
recent ads going out there, I don't know.
But OK. You want to make my day?
All right. I started, you finish it. Go ahead.
AUDIENCE: Make my day!
EASTWOOD: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08 … z25Ey5JpDM
@Habee, I was thinking the same thing about him?
I heard about it, was both surprised and not surprised that he was going to talk at the RNC, and wondered what would be the outcome. This thread is fascinating, sounds like it was a shambles; kind of funny to me, they picked a heavy weight celebrity (again) and the bottom dropped out.
And .... to an empty chair!
I'm sure the President was present last time he was asking questions!
What people will do for a fist full of dollars eh?
I know you're a Jon Stewart fan. Did you see his take on this?
Hi LAR i ous! There are 2 parts. Both are lol funny, be careful if you're having morning coffee.
http://www.upworthy.com/jon-stewart-cut … -8-minutes
He was doing some strange interview with a pretend Obama. Some of it was nice and factual, like decisions Obama didn't follow through on or changed his mind on. Some of it though was just weird, the pretend-Obama(imaginary, just an empty chair) told him to 'shut up' and told Romney and Clint to '&$$( themselves'.
It ended well, he said something to the effect of 'lawyers don't make good politicians, let's turn the page and give a businessman a shot'.
Um, is he aware that Romney is also a lawyer?
Although, I don't know if Romney is actually licensed to practice law, I think his dad just wanted him to have an understanding of it.
I think he is but he was pointing out that one candidate has private sector experience and the other does not.
Who ever decided to have Eastwood talk should be fired. That in no way, shape, or form helped Romney! It took away from him in my opinion.
Think I'll preserve my tremendous respect for Eastwood and NOT watch the speech!
But speaking of speeches, did anyone watch or hear the personal testaments?
I was in the car and heard Pam Finlayson's tearful paean to Mitt the Mormon church deacon and good guy neighbor.
Apparently I had missed the previous speaker talking about how Mitt helped her 14-year-old dying son write his will (there's that handy knowledge of the law) 30 years ago.
Pulling out all the stops!
CNN didn't show the second speech after the parents talking about their son.
Mitt has been criticized so much for being cold and robotic, I'm glad to see them(not him, that wouldn't come across well) talking about his more personal side. Honestly, I think Mitt has done more good for others than we'll ever know. I know the effect LDS bishops and stake presidents can have on people... it's a tough job but helps a lot of people.
I agree with you completely.
I believe in his private life he's a very kind and caring man.
The part about Mitt and his boys cooking a Thanksgiving dinner and bringing it over to this woman's house when her baby was in ICU -- really touching.
But he is very private. That point has been made over and over.
I gotta wonder aloud here. Why is a man who is so uncomfortable in the spotlight running for the most public office in the land?
I don't think he's really that uncomfortable in the spotlight, I think he is simply the type that focuses on what needs being done, and to him, his private life has nothing to do with the mess America is in. I would imagine he is more annoyed than uncomfortable by what he thinks are just distractions from the real issues.
I also truly think that he is worried about America and wants to help it be better... patriotism is a very big part of Mormon theology/culture.
Good question. I honestly believe that he honestly believes that he can make life better for many Americans. I think Obama honestly believes that he can make things better, too. Maybe I'm naive and believe too much in the good in humans, but why else would someone want to be POTUS? Think about it: The pay sux, and you practically give up 4-8 years of your life, along with the lives of your family members for those years. You're criticized or hated or berated on a daily basis. You have to worry about being assassinated, even after your term has ended. And no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, only about 50% of the people will be happy with your efforts, in many instances.
Let's ask Jaxson. He knows the answer to this!
Pshaw, I already gave you the answer... guh-jeeze(Did I really just say guh-jeeze?).
The answer is clearly that Obama is a socialist and Romney is a vulture who just wants to give tax breaks to his rich buddies.
It sounds more like you mean 'why doesn't he constantly crow about every single thing he's ever done on a personal level' to help his fellow human beings? Why would he? Only people who don't have much else to offer spout off ad nauseum about all the good they've done, or can spin they've done, on a personal level - they have to - their ego demands that it be recognized and they likely have little else to offer even themselves to justify and prop up . . . that very hungry ego and their tenuous grasp of power.
Do any of us need any more of that sort of weak-minded egoism in charge of this country's future?
He did a lot to encourage the racist, "tough guy" cop who is killing innocent people and abusing authority today. "Make my day!" is not something to be proud of, and it is not so funny when people are being murdered in cold blood and the murders are being covered up.
He is a great actor who has explored his art to the maximum. I think that he once was one of the real Republicans who, while socially and racially problematic, has also reached out to all races.
But I believe that his recent "get off my lawn" effort should have not been about Asians, but should have been an apology to all of the Black and Hispanic people who have been harmed by cops who adopted his "Dirty Harry" attitude and took it too far.
Hehehehe, Clint the Hollywood Liberal just did a number on Romney by talking to an empty chair. Hehehehe.
Clint has never, by any definition, been liberal. Libertarian at the most.
I felt so sorry for Clint last night. It actually made me stop thinking about politics for a moment and started thinking about how such a great man will be leaving us soon. I grew up watching him with my grandpa. I have watched every movie he has done in my adult life. Obviously he has reached a point in life where keeping his thoughts together for any amount of time is out of the question. It makes me wonder how long it took them to shoot the movie he has that's about to come out. Is it just his words or is he becoming ill? Anyone who watched this great man stumble through his worlds and could really even think about mitt, obviously never had any respect for Mr. Eastwood. Truly saddened by the media response and disrespect on this one.
Amen, peeples. I love the "clint eastwood" entity, the American archetype although I may not actually enjoy spending any time with the actual person.
while speaking about wagners' politics during the unification of germany, his own failed friendship and the anti-semitic publications wagner produced, neitzsche pointed out how flowers need to grow in manure. I love wagners music but have no desire to meet such a irresponsible, hateful person.
i think of a lot of superstars that way also. who knows what kinds of artistic black holes these people need to follow in order to discover the ability to become actors of detestable and heroic people in films. Who knows what that does to them?
I Love Clint Eastwood and try to only remember the good things about him.
Eastwood was ad-libbing, but the empty chair (Obama) had a teleprompter! Too funny!
Eastwood was simply playing a mumbling, bumbling, old codger actor's part, and each such dialogue ended with a great zinger!
Watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoqKdWY692k
It is utterly amazing that so few people grasp that. I have to think they don't watch many movies, particularly I think of an old Jimmy Stewart movie, I think he was talking to a 'rabbit' who wasn't there for much of the movie . .. would have to check on that.
I thought Eastwood was great, any notion that he was not in charge of himself should have well gone out the window with his quite masterful use of the empty chair to get his point across about Obama in a most diplomatic and non-threatening manner.
Had Eastwood been speaking for the liberals, they would be hailing him as the epitome of the elderly attitude in the USA, the spokesperson for the people, the very example of American patriotism that we all should strive to achieve in to our 82nd year of life.
How pathetic that he is criticized in any way, shape, form, or fashion.... Quite sad, this condescending liberal twist by so many of the citizens of the USA. Tells me, Clint Eastwood was quite effective.........
"I sincerely hope that when I get older my children don't put me in a home or on a stage at a political convention." Sarah Silverman.
I enjoyed Clint Eastwood's speech. He gets "it" and he got his message out. It doesn't matter if you're Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian... all that matters is we have 23 million people unemployed in this country... He reminded us that we own this country and that politicians work for us and that in any other work position, if an employee isn't doing his job the way an employer expects then you fire him.
My dad had Alzheimer's, and believe me, Clint Eastwood most definitely does not have it, nor is it funny to anyone who watched someone suffer so much from it.
Eastwood was simply ad-libbing the part, and, for not having a script or a teleprompter, he did amazingly well, especially with the zingers!
i doubt that any of you here could have pulled that off.
Clint was doing a mock interview. Yes, he did some stilted in some instances but his speech went well.
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