Eastwood defends weird speech

2012-09-08 12:30
Los Angeles - Veteran actor and director Clint Eastwood on Friday defended his curious speech at the Republican convention earlier in the week, saying that the idea of addressing US President Barak Obama via an empty chair was a spontaneous one designed to portray the Democratic leader as "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people".

"There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood 82, told his local newspaper, the Carmel Pine Cone.

"When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I'll just put the stool out there and I'll talk to Mr Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody."

The rambling speech prompted a huge reaction on the internet and even overshadowed the acceptance speech of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But Eastwood said that Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan had congratulated him afterward.

Eastwood claimed that his speech had three points: "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," Eastwood said.

"But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it."

"President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood said.

"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."


  • veldt66 - 2012-09-08 13:30

    Clint Eastidiot!!!

  • veldt66 - 2012-09-08 13:30

    Clint Eastidiot!!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-10 02:28

      What do you want me to tell Mitt? Hahahaha

  • mlucejko - 2012-09-08 13:47

    Eastwood !! Go back to 'driving your cattle' on Rawhide !!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-08 16:23

      You are giving your age away. That was a long time ago, I know because I watched when I was at school. The problem is that Clint Eastwood is becoming senile.

  • wittstockcarl - 2012-09-08 14:26

    I cringed when I watched this.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-09-08 16:54

      I had to hide behind the couch cushions. I nearly vrekked of embarrassment.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-08 15:02

    Another victim of altzheimers.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-08 16:22

    Once an actor, always an actor. But he was honest in giving his opinion. Whether I agree with him or not is irrelevant as I am not an American who will be going to the polls, but I think for an impromptu speech he was brilliant.

      komorison - 2012-09-08 19:32

      I agree.

  • clarence.esau - 2012-09-08 22:21

    I FEEL for the American people who have to choose between non options - in the view of an Amerivcan visiting South Africa, anyway... I do believe that the President of America was unable to keep his promises because of the tendency of the GOP to ignore the interests of America and to do everything in their power to disable any Presidency not their own. This is what has made the Greatest Nation the Greatest Debtor to the World. Hey, but what do I know? We have an opld Zulu for a president and we have just made available a 2Billion US dollar line of credit to Europe. As a developing country, South Africa has a lot to learn from the "Most powerful Nation in the World". In my view, how NOT to run a country...

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-09-09 02:34

      Um, it was OBAMA who added over $5trillion to the debt in less than 4 years. Or do you give him a pass on that because of the GOP? You certainly need to read a bit more and stop falling for the MSM lies about the GOP.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 05:26

      amanda.victor.92 Twit! Your clown Bush started two ruddy wars that have mired the country in endless debt. And your new candidate with the magic underwear wants to start another. The Republicans are poison to the future of the US and it is no wonder the Chinese are laughing.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-09 09:33

      Ah zaatheist, you sound like your boyfriend hasn't teabagged you in a long time as you sound so bitter and defensive.

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-09-09 07:11

    Hey all you "thumbs down" idiots...watch the video again, then you will see he was 'acting'.....talking to an empty chair...absolutely brilliant for a person of that age.... Clint I salute you !!!

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