Clint Eastwood made the day of several Republican National Convention-goers Thursday night, when the screen star and filmmaker – without benefit of a Teleprompter – took to the stage and held an imaginary conversation with an empty chair meant to represent President Barack Obama.
Eastwood, 82, tweaked the unseen Obama for campaign promises unfulfilled, such as the 2008 pledge to close Gitmo.
“So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you made I’m not going to shut up, it’s my turn,” said the Oscar winner. “What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. He can’t do that to himself. You’re getting as bad as Biden!”
While the crowd ate it up with hoots, hollers and whistles, President Barack Obama’s campaign staff soon took to its Twitter account to fire back at Eastwood and his empty chair symbol. The message? A shot of and three words about the Presidential chair: “This seat’s taken.”
While Eastwood’s eccentric speech drew decidedly mixed reviews, a Romney campaign aide told Politico, “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. He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it’s time for a change.”
The Democratic National Convention will be held next week in Charlotte, N.C.