Clint Eastwood jokes at Republican convention, says it's OK to let Obama go

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  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    It would take a dried up mummyfied funny bone to not get a laugh while watching Clint's rare slap stick comedy act. It reminded, one of the older generation, of the lost art of vaudeville - funny, satirical often with pantomime for the sole purpose of getting a laugh while sensing the irony. For those who did not enjoy and laugh - the poorer you are. but be comforted - your laugh would most likely come when the shoe is on the other foot at the upcoming Democratic convention.

  • TellAll Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Clint's speech writer was reaching for the less educated members of our society and I think he did a good job. People who don't know the facts eat this stuff up like candy.

    Classy response from President Obama -- "This chair is taken".

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    I think the above remarks say it all. Well done Rikitikitavi, Canada and Springville's Claudio! Couldn't agree more. Eastwood talking to the empty chair metaphor was stunning!

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Of course, the DN leaves out the details of the speech, such as the throat-slashing gesture made by Mr. Eastwood when saying we "have to let em (our leaders) go" if they don't do their job, implying the President was a high school teenager who hadn't learned how to speak in words larger than four letters, the fact that Mitt Romney is also a lawyer (with a J.D. from the same school as the President), or that the 23 million unemployed number is indeed nearly double the actual amount.

    They also leave out the objective reporting that several of the Romney campaign's top officials were seen visibly wincing during Mr. Eastwood's "performance." They also neglected to mention that many politicians, journalists, and citizens from both parties remarked that the "improv" was especially damaging as it followed the well-produced introduction video about Mr. Romney and kept that film from being broadcast in primetime coverage.

    But hey, great work DN! I feel like you told the gist of the news!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    “ If they don’t do the job, you gotta let em go”. If Romney wins the election, that line will immortalize Clint Eastwood more than, “make my day”!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    I firmly believe the "empty chair" is a fitting metaphor of the empty leadership currently in the oval office and such a stark reality as compared to the proven leadership of one Mitt Romney.