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Was Clint Eastwood a disaster or a coup?


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  • reymun77 Denver, CO
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    the only "miss" was that, rather than an empty chair, it should have been a throne,mebbe strewn with Hawaiian leis

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Clint was brilliant. I had to watch it after reading article after article and comments how awful it was. Of course all those people have money invested in obama or in their union or still under his spell or kool aid of hope and change.

  • Sally J Altadena, CA
    Sept. 7, 2012 1:56 a.m.

    The killer part in Clint's speech was "We own this country. When someone doesn't do a good job, you let him go." And an empty chair represented Obama - since he's been absent from the job in many ways. Good Job, Clint!

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    Is there really a question?

    It ranks with all the other RNP speaches.

    Operative word? They were all rank!

  • Richard Allan Jenni Ocean City, NJ
    Sept. 5, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Eastwood was pure GENIUS! I loved it! A magic moment in politics! No wonder the liberal lamestream media didn't like it!

    Sept. 5, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    I watched Clint the night he gave his address and liked his comments. After the media started making a big deal out of it, I went back and watched it again. Still love it. But what would of really topped it off, would be Clint moving the teleprompters over by the chair and saying, "sorry about that." That would of made everyone's day.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    "if the man doesn't do his job ya gotta let him go" !! Well said Clint!!

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    All in all I thought it was entertaining and somewhat enlightening. He made some good points that I think regardless of your party loyalties are worth listening to. His stuttering and "umming" made me a little impatient. At the end of the day it was a speech of non-traditional form that asked for new leadership. It was hardly the huge controversial political speech the media is trying to make it. Are we better off now than four years ago? If Romney's remarks about people believing that the life of their children will be worse than their's is remotely accurate I think we can make a strong conclusion of no we are not better off. If we don't even have hope what do we as a country have? At least when Bush left office we still had hope and confidence.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    The President may be asking the are you better questions, but he is really trying to state that we are better. They can't really answer that rhetorical question as they can't really say that the citizens are better. President Obama is richer as is President Clinton. However, the nation isn't. I believe these 4 years have taken a toll on the President's integrity and honesty as he has filled positions approved and not approved (Czars) as his advisors that don't know the true definition of integrity and honor. They have tried to change people's definitions to what these politicians want. Decency is not part of the Chicago group's philosophy. They do what will get gain for them and their followers. This President and minions are preaching to the students and people who wanted change and hope to take from the rich to give to the poor. Our country's process of the various branches of government, nationally and in each state, does not allow that, at this point. The Democrats try to make entitlements for people to forever have their share to get their votes for more of the same to elect again.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Sure, Eastwood rambled a bit. But it was brilliant speech.

    The fact that a Hollywood A-Lister like him would "dare" state his criticism of Obama shakes the liberal foundation, and that alone, regardless of what he said, was worth it.

    He poined out that 23 million Americans are out of work (compared with 9 million at the height of the Great Depression in 1930).

    His best line was "When they haven't done the job, then you have to let them go." "Nuff Said....

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:26 p.m.


    "7 kids by 5 different women.... Pretty much sums up where we are to in this nation."

    * That's why Obama encourages paid contraceptives.
    * What did Obama do with his campaign contributions if we pay for Air Force One?
    * Reagan never went around supporting gay marriage.
    * Obama's birth certificate states his father was born in Kenya. opps. Kenya didn't exist till 1963. Look it up. The hospital where Obama was born didn't exist till 1978. You can find the Obama book.
    * Under funded military? We are the ones to uphold freedom. Without us, the world lives under dictatorship. You know that.
    * most Americans on food stamps. yep! Ask a grocery store cashier.

  • Border Joe Az/ BYU Safford, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    News today...obama is "struggling" with the question of ARE U BETTER OFF NOW OR 4 YR. AGO!!

    That is a yes or no question!! How do you struggle with a yes or no question??..Duhhhnmmmuaa!

    Clint Eastwood summed it all up in 10 minutes!! No One can afford another 4 years of this Craziness!!

    BozoHussan==NBC=GE= Chicago MOBpolitics=lie,cheat, steal ,twist every crises to benefit your Pravda Press PROPAGANDA!!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    "a great American icon. He has lived a good life and is true American success story."

    7 kids by 5 different women.... Pretty much sums up where we are to in this nation.

    I don't think he added anything to Romney's credibility. I much rather have had a real talk by a real person who has worked with Mitt, and see the positive Mitt has done.

    "He had the courage to go up against the loud arrogant scoffing Hollywood elitists"

    Not sure it takes courage to stand up to the Phil Maher types of the world - not the Howard Sterns - not the "scoffing" Rush Limbaugh types. It is too bad those 12 minutes were not used to show dignity to the office. But we raced right down into the gutter of Jerry Springerism.

    And I say this as someone who still likes Clint - just not his morals. We have far too many examples of people who will say anything, and have kids out of wedlock. How can we with honor condemn gay marriage, when we idolize those who make cheating on their marriage a fine art.

    An opportunity lost.

  • sassyandi Fort Collins, Colorado
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I absolutely loved Clint Eastwood...he definitely made MY day!! He came off as real and charming and in his bumbling way, incredibly brave! He had the courage to go up against the loud arrogant scoffing Hollywood elitists to tell the truth about Obama and he did it with wonderful humor! I don't know that many people his age who still have that much incredible charisma charm and chutzpa. Yes, one or two parts made me cringe, but other than those moments he was standing as a great American icon. He has lived a good life and is true American success story.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    "It was a very strange use of time when they could have asked GW Bush to speak, or Cheny, or Palin. Why not, why Eastwood?"

    Well, they are obviously trying to distance themselves from Bush and Cheney.

    Palin? Thankfully they did not bring in Palin. Talk about an empty suit, er dress.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 4, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    * highest amount of people on food stamps.

    - as per capita... nope.

    * six trillion added to the debt

    Agreed. But remember Republicans doubled the debt in the previous 8 years, its a bipartisan created problem.

    * higher unemployment

    Than what - Bush left office with unemployment at 7.6 percent... were talking 7/10 of a percent difference

    * no budget, in all the years his been in office.

    Blame congress - not his job to pass the budget

    * down sized military - we spend more on defense than the next 20 countries - combined

    Really - when?

    * Obama campaigning with the use of Air Force One--(our money)

    So did Bush II, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, Clinton... your point is what?

    * giving billions to countries who oppose gay marriage and executes them?

    Like Reagan gave billions to Iraq and Sadam, and funded the Taliban, so really, whats your point here? This is an odd sounding statement - Not sure what you are talking about.

    * in his book, Obama praises his father who fought in World War Two. His father was only three years old at the time.

    Page please... site the quote. Try reading up on Stanley Dunham. Your quote is the misrepresentation here.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:05 p.m.


    * highest amount of people on food stamps.
    * six trillion added to the debt
    * higher unemployment
    * no budget, in all the years his been in office.
    * down sized military
    * Obama campaigning with the use of Air Force One--(our money)
    * giving billions to countries who oppose gay marriage and executes them?
    * in his book, Obama praises his father who fought in World War Two. His father was only three years old at the time.

    No wonder some of you want him back. What a great leader.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    When Hollywood is made of people that don't live their lives in the "real" world, it is good to see a respected actor and tried his hand at politics as mayor of Carmel, California in 1986-1988. He was able to do his spot with the ability of an actor but also a person who does know politics. President Obama uses actors and actresses to do some of his bidding so it is appropriate to have a sage person do this for the RNC. Truth sometimes hurt but it also goes to the heart of some of the problems in a way that the normal politicians could do to get the message across. No all of Hollywood feels the same about this President.

    Good article with a variety of input from others and their reactions.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    I can see some TV spots in his future. Sweet tag lines from his movies.
    Like, "Mr. President, your economic policy ain't makin' it."

  • HotGlobe SAN RAFAEL, CA
    Sept. 4, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Euro tour disaster, Ryan's lies and campaign's "fact checking" rejection, trying but failing to kick out Senate candidate "Legitimate Rape" Akin, "My wife has two Cadillacs," reviving the birther joke, etc. etc....and now failing to keep Eastwood from embarrassing the whole party...Mitt isn't very good at being a politician, is he?

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 4, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Eastwood speech was awesome!

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Unashamedly put words in Obama's mouth is what he did.

    They're not even pretending, they'll believe anything. my opinion is that only racism explains many conservatives reaction to Obama.

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Sept. 4, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    When Clint said, "I can't ask him to do 'that', he can't do 'that' to himself," What did Clint and the GOP mean to say? Are they accusing our President of using that kind of language? Does the actor mean to imply that the President thinks that of Mitt Romney? I think not. It was a very strange use of time when they could have asked GW Bush to speak, or Cheny, or Palin. Why not, why Eastwood?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 4, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Nobody is quoting Romney or anyone else who gave carefully crafted, utterly forgettable speeches. This one has people talking. The only ones who are horrified are those who write carefully crafted, utterly forgettable speeches for a living. Even Romney's handlers were apologetic fer cryin' out loud. I say we have a debate between Eastwood and Joe Biden. I'll bet you anything it would be more informative and more civil than the carefully crafted, utterly forgettable lines most candidates memorize and then use in debates whether they fit the question or not.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    I thought Clint's performance was not only spot on but I thought the routine was great! Regardless of your politics Clint is a loved and treasured man.Even Obama admitted to loving the man.But I'm sure Hollywood snobs on the left will try to black ball him but they'll will have extreme trouble in doing so,the man is to respected and loved. Mr.Eastwood we need to see and hear more from you along with Jon Voight you guys are simply fantastic.

  • Lowell Steele Farmington, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    As someone who chatted with Mr. Eastwood three weeks previous in Sun Valley, I can tell you that the pundits are making a mighty stretch in efforts to discredit a performance that had the RNC convention-goers and the audience at home laughing their heads off (unless, of course, you're a President Obama fan!). He is anything but a geezer and certainly not feeble. And I strongly suspect that he had carefully planned out his "interview" and its delivery for a precise effect. The man is a consummate actor, for crying out loud!

    If you have any doubts about the soundness of his mind, the sharpness of his intellect at 82 years old, just do a quick YouTube search for recent interviews. You'll find the man is quick on his feet and a master of hilarious repartee.

    What we are witnessing is a concerted effort by the mainstream media to dilute the impact of a spot-on sketch by discrediting the performer. This is why, per Mr. Eastwood's words, conservatives in Hollywood "do not go around hot dogging it"...because their peers and the media turn on you like a pack of dogs!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    So the boorish display by eastwood was funny but the response is childish? I vote they where both childish and we should get back on topic.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 9:30 a.m.


  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    So let me set this striaght -

    The GOP's "Secret Mystery Guest" to the RNC was the Invisible Obama?

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    For those who think Eastwood's skit was a disaster, waste of time or childish. you should take note of all the empty chairs around. They are cropping up on the internet, front lawns and in public spaces. When ever something makes people talk, it's a success. And given the viral response to Eastwood I would call it a huge success!

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Liberal pundits were appalled? It must have been good.

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    Obama could spend campaign funds doing a character assassination of Eastwood. Leave that to the media. Obama could dismiss it publicly as the meandering ramblings of a disillusioned, schizophrenic old man and alienate a voting block. Leave it to the media.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I thought his speech was great! At first I didn't understand what he was doing, it was so different, but after a couple of minutes I realized his approach, and I really enjoyed it. What a great way to spoof the President!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Conservatives are working really hard to make it bigger than it really is, but in the end, it only pleased a few and will matter little for the many.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    I enjoy Eastwood's films - but his "skit" at the RNC was beyond pathetic.

    I guess the only way Republicans can feel like they've got the upper hand in a debate is if their opponent isn't there and they invent the dialog.

    Truly sad.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    having lived in NC, there is no way they will fall for your boy's tactics and empty promises again. barry is one and done

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    If that was "the best speech" of the convention, the bar has been set very low. Some of the comments here have set the bar even lower. They reminds me why I will never again support a republican for public office. And, the joy that some of you expressed at the disrespecting of an American President, does not speak well of you either.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    @ Utah Blue Devil,

    I didn't know we were at war with Iran...

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Best "speech" of the night. It wasn´t a speech, but a skit. Maybe if people would loosen up and stop worrying about what a "speech" should be, they would have enjoyed it too. Most creative and most impactful.
    The common man liked it. Sorry NBC and FOX.

  • BobDean Camas, WA
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    Eastwood's skit was genius and spoke more to the average guy than any speech given by the pro politicians. Yeah, he rambled a bit and said a couple of uncouth things.....kind of like Obama without a Telepromter.... The pundits are so taken in by smooth talk that they don't even get it when someone normal talks.... If the far left really was dismissing Eastwood as a senile old man they wouldn't be making such a big fuss over this little talk..... The truth is that what Eastwood said was highly effective and scares the left to death.... This phrase may become as famous as "make my day"...... "We own this country....when someone is not doing the job you have to let them go."

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Bottom line is that Clint has stolen Romney's thunder and punch moving out of the convention.

    What? No bounce in the polls from Romney? But lots of talk about Clint... Clearly, Clint has been an unnecessary distraction, and the constant video footage on the news of Ann Romney's facial expression of terror during the cut-aways during Clint's speech says it all!

    On a broader note, what does Romney's decision to include Clint in the convention say about Romney's decision-making as a leader? Will he let the likes of Trump, Christy, and Eastwood continue to upstage him in office?

  • utahboni Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    I'm still trying to figure out why the crowd cheered so loud when Eastwood said that the President should bring the troops home from Afganistan now. Did they forget which convention they were at? How can Romney justify expanding the military if we are not engaged in an endless war?

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    Sorry he came across as a rambling/ lost old man, but maybe that's a indication of Mitt's platform. I would bet Josey Wales is disappointed & wondering what happened.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    The conventions, both Republican and Democrat are boring. Everyone is preaching to the choir and trying to be so lovey dovey. I thought Clint Eastwoods speach was rediculous but at least it lightened the mood and gave everyone something else to talk about besides the speeches that we all expected to hear. Eastwoods speech niether helped or hurt either party.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    Have you noticed that librerals and progressives are challenged in their appreciation of humor? Eastwood's presentation was wonderful because it was so out of character. He made his point using sarcasm and humor. It was time well spent, and a nice break in the usual flow of convention speeches.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    I felt very sorry to see how Eastwood's mind had so badly slipped, and wondered if he was suffering from Alzheimers. That was a truly pitiful showing. Sad.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 4, 2012 5:21 a.m.

    Ok... Obama is an empty chair... lets play along these lines

    An empty chair is generating 100k to 200k jobs a month, while under the Republicans we lost 881k a month

    An empty chair ended the war in Iran, Republicans didn't want to.

    While under the leadership of an Empty Chair, the US took our Osama Bin Laden, and money other Taliban leaders - Republicans... nope

    With an empty chair as leader, the "emptychaircare" was passed. With the Republicans, we had no solutions put forward.

    An empty chair expanded gun owners rights to carry side arms in National Parks and lands.

    When the Republicans were in charge, the stock market went from 14,000 to 6,600. With an empty chair in charge the market is back up to 13,100

    An empty chair has kept the cost of oil under$100 a barrel, while it soared to over $15). And an empty chair has the dollar in its strongest position it has been in for over 7 years.

    So the lesson we learn from this is Obama is bad, but an empty chair still provides more leadership than when the Republicans held the keys. Great marketing guys.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:42 a.m.

    The night was fantastic up to the point Clint took the stage. He could not string together a coherent sentence the whole time he was up there. Be honest, people, it was as if Grandpa had escaped from the Rest Home and wandered on to the stage and before anyone could stop him, started speaking...

    It was embarrassing beyond belief. And it totally killed the momentum and feeling leading up to Romney's acceptance. I won't say it ruined the night, but it almost did.

    One more thing: for us on the East Coast, it pushed the end of the convention and Romney's speech way past 11:00 PM when many people tuned out. Bad timing, bad decision, should have had a long hook for the guy.

    Sept. 4, 2012 1:05 a.m.

    Look it was awkward at times as is to be expected of an 82 year old man going impromptu. But when I watched after hearing all the negative comments I did not cringe or wince - I laughed and I agreed.

    Mr Eastwood spoke his mind. He knows he does not have many years left and he had something he wanted to say. I guess after being a part of all our lives for 50 years he perhaps deserved that. And with that 12 minuets he reminded me of a few things.

    1. If a guy is not doing the job no matter what the party you have to let him go.

    2. Just because the guy in the White House is a nice guy does not mean I need to be a mental masochist and vote for him.

    3. Old guys that speak their mind are often politically incorrect but usually right. The years grant wisdom and understanding.

    4. Apparently Hollywood has lots of conservatives that have to play it close to the vest. He has the clout to speak his mind.

    5. Clint has 1.5 million hits on You Tube all saying cut the nice guy loose.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    Effective??? Why is it a huge topic of conversation? Effective. Why is the internet filled now with jokes about Obama as an empty chair and a site called Empty Chair. Labor Day was canceled for Empty Chair Day.

    I loved the photo of Karl Marx and B. Obama... Marx is standing with a hand on the back of... An Empty Chair. Funny.

    Obviously Eastwood knew what he was doing. Do did the RNC. The ultra-sensitive political folks were uncomfortable. Humor does that.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    In later years, it will be looked at as a symbol of the Obama Presidency. Nobody has been in 'the chair' for four years. He's been on the golf course.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    You're stuck with it now. You have to defend it.

  • toducate HERRIMAN, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    If a lefty, like Barbara Streisand, had gotten up and blundered through a similar 12 min. of nonsense, Fox News would have been on fire for days- and we all know it. It was an embarrassment. The RNC tried it's hand at a silly celebrity gimmick and it backfired big time. If you're conservative and you liked it, I'm sorry for you. You just solidified the stereotype of 'all bumper sticker and no substance'.

    The spot light should have been on Romney, not the bumblings of an icon. His points contradicted themselves and Mitt Romney's platform and distracted from his prime time hour...and that's coming from a Clint & Mitt fan.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    more approprait to have spoken to obama the empty suit

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    I anxiously await the day when people start to talk of the Eastwood speech with the same level of reverence granted Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". Here on one hand, you had a man that stood on blood soaked ground attempting to reconcile a divided nation, the other, resorts to foul language and insults.

    Some how I have a feeling when the history of this election is written, I really doubt Clint's speech will be referred to as the "Gettysburg Address" of our generation. It will likely filled in "miss timed speeches" along with Bush's Iraq "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard and air craft carrier.

    ONe thing I do agree with is the concept that this is our country. Not the playground of Republicans and Democrats to see who wins this years popularity contest. But it belongs to each and every one of us, and it is up to us to make sure our stewards of this country take good care of her...

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    "It was genius. The one thing arrogant people can't take is mockery."

    Must be why most conservatives don't like Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. Must be why Fox News lashes out at them from time to time. They absolutely tear you people and that network's hypocrisy apart each and every night. Stewart's shows on the RNC last week truly were "genius". If you conservatives don't think you are arrogant and can therefore take the mockery, you may want to check it out.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    Hey great opinion piece DN! Oh wait...

  • docrob Laie, HI
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    This should be the DNC response: A Holographic image of Eastwood is projected and a minute into the ramble, the President walks in and sits down. He then answers the questions respectfully and factually.

    Sept. 3, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    I think there is actually a third option besides coup and disaster, I think you forgot childish distraction.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Remember, historian Carl Sandburg wrote: “[T]he Gettysburg Address …was a speech that is hailed today as one of the greatest but that most people did not consider a great speech at the time of delivery."

    Dirty Harry, er, Clint Eastwood is dumb like a fox, or like Colombo.

    Yeah, at first I though it was sort of shaky and out of touch, but it was ENTERTAINMENT with a cutting edge of information that ran all the way through it. It skewered Obama's narcissism, highlighted Obama's failure to achieve the inane "save the world" stuff he promised; pointed out that WE own the country, and that when the politicians we hire fail, we can let them go. [Former Senator Bob Bennett can confirm that for them!)

    Eastwood is an actor and director and knows theater and how to get messages across. He created a persona, a plan, a scenario, and a dialogue and executed it flawlessly. That most of us were slow to catch on is confirmation of his theatrical skills.

    In retrospect, it was genius, although I was somewhat puzzled at the time.

    Sure got a lot of discussion going, didn't it!

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    It was genius. Mr. Eastwood is living inside Obama's head. The one thing arrogant people can't take is mockery. The pro-Romney side is having a hey-dey with empty chair jokes.

    Here's something else that's fun: with Romney and Obama neck-and-neck in Florida, the Democrats are playing the senility card. That ought to create another nice backfire.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    I loved the lines about we the people owning America and that elected officials are our employees. That when they don't produce they need to be let go. Come November we will put President Obama on two month notice.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Political conventions are for the street-pounders, and Eastwood provided some rah-rah for them.
    What some call over the hill ramblings are more like
    I'm old enough that I don't suffer fools.
    He had nothing to prove to anyone.
    The fact that he irritated the left only adds icing to the cake.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    It's clear that the rnc has decided the election is over save for the vote counting.

    To give an over the hill director/actor 12 minutes of unscripted time and leave up and coming repub superstar mia love with a 2 min. pep talk is symbolic of where the rnc found itself on what should have been romney's finest hour to date.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    After hearing too much of the hand-wringing laments from some Republican pundits and the smarmy, infantile put-downs by most of the Democrats, I finally got to see Clint's speech....and thought it was pretty good.

    Pretty good in that it was SO different from what either the Republican or Democrat talking heads ramble on about, with phrases and general themes that are so well worn and threadbare they are unbearably boring and predictable.

    I was pleasantly surprised that so many of the supposedly knowledgeable purveyors of public opinion could have been so far off the mark. I normally find them to be only moderately off the mark.

  • AT Elk River, MN
    Sept. 3, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    Loved Eastwood, esp. when he hit Afghanistan. You could see the delegates, almost thinking: "Wait, Afghanistan was a good war when Dubya was fightin' it. But, maybe it's bad now that Obama's doin' it. And, we haven't been told what to think when Mitt keeps it going. Should we cheer or just stand here all confused?" They chose the "all confused option." Eastwood was great. The one unscripted moment of the entire Mitt love fest.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    Too much has been made of Clints skit.

    I will say however, that the time slot was prime and could have been used much more productively.

    Very poor choice by the convention organizers.

    But, it was neither a "disaster" or "coup".

    It was simply a missed opportunity.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    Well, there is an advantage in talking to an empty chair. The empty chair did not interrupt Eastwood with a reply or a clarification or a denial.

    Aside -- I bet Ronald Reagan talking to an empty Lyndon Johnson chair in 1968 would have been landmark.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    Apparently, Eastwooding did not make their day..
    Clint Eastwood's "speech" was not included in the 2012 Republican Campaign Memorial Convention video.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    Clint Eastwood's talk at the Republican Convention was fantastic in my opinion. It was clever, creative and very fitting. The metaphor of an empty chair representing an empty leadership was entertaining, captivating and accurate. I thought, however, that it was unnecessary and unfunny for Eastwood to get rank when he pretended that Obama told him to tell Romney to do something unspeakable to himself. I found that to be base and crude. It totally took away from the rest of the message. Other than that, I thought Clint Eastwood made some good points--especially when he said, "When someone doesn't do the job, we have to let him go." It's interesting to note that Eastwood holds to some of the same beliefs as the Democrats, such as being pro-choice, as well as being in favor of gay marriage. Yet, he is willing to admit that he believes Romney will make a better president that Obama. In a business where he is surrounded by Democrats, that took courage on Eastwood's part.

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    Eastwood was embarrassing to watch. He stumbled over his words, seemed lost and disjointed and seemed like a bumbling old man. Not the same dirty harry.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    It was wonderful..and will prove to be one of the best speeches at the RNC Convention. It was honest, un-scripted, funny and hit the nail. The fact that it was unconventional makes all the potitical type nervous; on both sides. But at the end of the day, elections are not won or lost based upon the vote only of the beltway crowd.