Clint Eastwood Talks to Chair

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    Aug 31, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    Awkward, rambling, and strange.

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    Aug 31, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    I was looking forward to his speech. I was a bit disappointed.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Thank you, RNC organizers, for allowing this senile to person upstage Rubio, Ryan, and the Romneys, because all anybody's going to be talking about through the weekend is Clint Eastwood's bizarre behavior.
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    Aug 31, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidThank you, RNC organizers, for allowing this senile person upstage Rubio, Ryan, and Romney, because all anybody's going to be talking about through the weekend is Clint Eastwood's bizarre behavior.


    Wow, that was bizarre. I assume that was ad libbed.
    I'm actually embarrassed for him.
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    Aug 31, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm watching the talking heads now that Romney is finished with his speech and a lot of the talk is about how Eastwood's speech was distracting to everything that followed.
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    Aug 31, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    He hasn't taken his long dirt nap yet?

    Even money in the death pool.
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    DalTX saidWow, that was bizarre. I assume that was ad libbed.
    I'm actually embarrassed for him.

    Your assumption is confirmed:

    After [Eastwood's] remarks, the Romney campaign issued this statement: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it."
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    DalTX saidWow, that was bizarre. I assume that was ad libbed.
    I'm actually embarrassed for him.

    Your assumption is confirmed:

    After [Eastwood's] remarks, the Romney campaign issued this statement: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it."

    Yes, they did. Thank you for sharing this.

    At least that's the official campaign spin on the Eastwood performance. Ad libbing is also the term mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines.
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Could this have been a veiled Eastwood way of telling Romney to "GO FUCK HIMSELF" without really doing it ? LOL (with reference to Eastwood talking to the chair (obama) then saying "HE CAN'T DO THAT TO HIMSELF"
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Ughhh.....I couldn't even make it through half that video. He embarrassed himself.
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    EllisAdrian said
    Art_Deco said
    EllisAdrian said
    Art_Deco said
    DalTX saidWow, that was bizarre. I assume that was ad libbed.
    I'm actually embarrassed for him.

    Your assumption is confirmed:

    After [Eastwood's] remarks, the Romney campaign issued this statement: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it."

    Yes, they did. Thank you for sharing this.

    At least that's the official campaign spin on the Eastwood performance. Ad libbing is also the term mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines.


    Ad libbing is not "the term mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines."

    Anyway, the only network giving the Clint Eastwood segment any play is MSNBC. Shocking! (Not)

    Sorry, southbeach, but I am watching CNN and they are talking about it. I watched Clint's speech and Romney's speech on ABC and they were talking about Clint's speech. I haven't had MSNBC on tonight and I have heard plenty about it.
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    Aug 31, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    EllisAdrian saidAd libbing is not "the term mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines."

    Actually I wrote: Ad libbing is also the term mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines. [emphasis added]

    Perhaps I should have written it as: Ad libbing is also the excuse mercifully applied to aging actors who can neither remember nor deliver their lines.

    Yes, that's better, because I have indeed heard the excuse of ad libbing used to disguise a performer's dropping of lines. I really can't believe Eastwood at his age went before an audience of millions without having prepared remarks, nor having his speech reviewed by the RNC.

    In the most politically sensitive forum in the United States at that moment, the RNC actually gave permission for a Hollywood actor to go before the convention and just wing it and hope for the best? And where did that empty chair come from? Did Eastwood ad lib that, too?

    And if the RNC and the Romney camp really did OK an unrehearsed and unpreviewed Eastwood to deliver a key presentation, what does that say about their judgment? I've often wondered about Eastwood's true politics - maybe he made the ultimate career sacrifice to sabotage Romney. In which case he could really be as heroic in real life as the film characters he's played.
  • Webster666

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    Aug 31, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    When Clint Eastwood was born, HERBERT HOOVER was the President.

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    Aug 31, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidWhen Clint Eastwood was born, HERBERT HOOVER was the President.

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    Fitting.

    Eastwood blew it. Poor judgment from Romney.
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    Aug 31, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    "Ah eh ah umm eh ummm I eh er..."

    Oh dear.

    I particularly like the bit where he blames the chair for starting the war in Afghanistan, when everyone knows it was George W Bush.
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    Aug 31, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    This was an epic disaster.

    Clint Eastwood babbling to an empty chair is the thing that people remember of this botched convention.
    Epic
    Disaster

    It makes me wonder if Clint was intentionally trying to sabotage Mitt's candidacy.

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    Aug 31, 2012 8:09 AM GMT
    Imagine the pre-speech preparations.

    "Mr Eastwood, this is Janice, our teleprompter operator. If we could just have a copy of your speech, Janice will get that set up for you."

    "Speech? Well, I, umm, thought I might just ad, erm, lib for a few minutes."

    "Okay. No problem. [Strained smile] How about we put your notes on the teleprompter."

    "Notes? I'll just need a stool, thank you. Now, where's the green room?"



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    Aug 31, 2012 12:20 PM GMT
    I think the Eastwood appearance was indeed, not helpful, to the Romney cause. What the hell?? To be honest, I think a compelling call coiuld have been made by Romney, but this strange appearance with "the chair" was just bizarre... the Eastwood delivery was a distraction.

    It certainly didn't flow well at all. Glad the mess is finally over and now on with the main show next week!
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    Let's hope the democrats get Betty White.icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    <--- This punk feels lucky. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    RickRick91 said

    It makes me wonder if Clint was intentionally trying to sabotage Mitt's candidacy.

    Nah....... Eastwood has been a hard right Repub since hitler was in office.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    Any chance their Big Get (I dunno who... Hank Williams Jr. maybe?) pulled out on them at the last minute, and they scrambled in desperation to get Clint to come on down and just say anything?
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidLet's hope the democrats get Betty White.icon_lol.gif


    At least they will make sure she has a script and does a rehearsal. Clint's baffling mess does not say much for the Republican Party's ability to organise and prepare.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    It was very instructive to watch this go off the rails. I was imagining the candidate and campaign manager stuggling to contain fury and such a disruption to what should have been the most carefully screipted and controlled presentation - start to finish.
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
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    HottJoe saidLet's hope the democrats get Betty White.icon_lol.gif


    At least they will make sure she has a script and does a rehearsal. Clint's baffling mess does not say much for the Republican Party's ability to organise and prepare.


    They're gonna send Dirty Harry and William Bolton out to negotiate peace treaties. icon_lol.gif