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Published: Monday, Sept. 3 2012 6:34 p.m. MDT

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Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

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.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

Liberal pundits were appalled? It must have been good.

justamacguy
Manti, UT

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!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

So let me set this striaght -

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

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

coup

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@jake
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.

Lowell Steele
Farmington, UT

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!

David B.
Cedar City, UT

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.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

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.

bullet56
Olympia, WA

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?

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

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.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Eastwood speech was awesome!

HotGlobe
SAN RAFAEL, CA

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?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

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."

JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Hmm!

* 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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

* 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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"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.

sassyandi
Fort Collins, Colorado

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"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.

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