Can someone please explain why Clint Eastwood was featured at the 2012 Republican Convention? (Updated)
Clint Eastwood explained his motivations in a great article which appeared in the Carmel Pine Cone …
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”
“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”’
Eastwood is a liberal on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, but he has strongly conservative opinions about the colossal national debt that has accumulated while Obama has been president, his failure to get unemployment below 6 percent, and a host of other economic issues.
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”
Early Thursday morning, when Eastwood left San Jose Airport on a private jet headed for Florida, he was still making up his mind.
It was only after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site, Eastwood said, that he mapped out his remarks — starting with his observation about politics in Hollywood, then challenging the president about the failure of his economic policies, and wrapping up by telling the public “they don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something.”
Somehow, I doubt that Clint Eastwood is “Joe Citizen.” Living a life of luxury and isolated from the day-to-day conditions and financial constraints that affect us mere mortals. When was the last time you took a private jet anywhere? As for worshiping “politicians like they were royalty or something,” it is ironic that he did not use the term “celebrities” which would have been closer to the mark. Especially since this average Joe’s wife and family is now staring on a reality show “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” which appears on the E! network.
The entire impact of the presentation was to attract middle-of-the-road independents. In this I hope he succeeded. As for being Joe Citizen, yeah right!
Read the rest of the article, in context at the Carmel Pine Cone.
Original blog entry …
I just finished watching Clint Eastwood pretend to talk to an empty chair – a symbol of a missing President Obama.
It was painful to watch and he seem to have stumbled through his eleven-minute presentation.
What was this all about? A geriatric appealing to other geriatrics who somehow managed to confuse Clint Eastwood, the Hollywood actor-filmmaker, with the roles he played? I am sure that the plan sounded good on paper, but it sure lacked something in execution. This was not John Wayne and it certainly wasn’t Chuck Heston. It wasn’t even John Voight or Jackie Mason.
So what the hell was it? Somebody please explain.
The message was “We the People” own the country. That there are good people who happen to be republicans, democrats, independents, libertarians, etc. And Obama has fallen short of his promises. OK – move along, nothing to see here. His best line was about Biden being a grin with a body behind it. Perhaps the man best known for his strong, silent roles – should have just stood there and pointed to Romney and Ryan and said “Yup, that’s the way to go!” and walked off.
So folks, maybe someone who “gets it” can explain it to me, because I just don’t know if it worked or if I even care about a geriatric Clint Eastwood.
I am not even linking-in the actual performance because I would not care to inflict it on anyone I know. OK! Here is the best edit I could find to allow Clint to give the best impression.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS