Clint Eastwood granted his first interview after his much-discussed appearance at the Republican National Convention and said he believed his speech helped Mitt Romney despite the mocking response of Democrats.
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told the Carmel, Calif., Pine Cone in an interview. “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.”
Eastwood told the newspaper in Carmel, where he used to serve as mayor, that he came up with his now infamous "empty chair" routine just minutes before going on stage.
“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “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.” (Here's a hint Clint, the Republicans would not let him!)
The movie icon said that while Romney's campaign had asked for details about his speech, he told aides he would be improvising.
“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood said. (Yeah I think THAT part was pretty clear.)
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” the actor continued. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.” (WTF?)
Eastwood acknowledged that the speech was "very unorthodox," but noted it was warmly received by the convention audience.
“They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit,” he said. “I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.”
So wait, CLINT EASTWOOD is also "Joe Citizen?" Isn't THAT the same claim made by Sarah Palin?
Is that who the Republican party believes represents the average American, famous millionaires?
Look if Clint Eastwood and Sarah Palin want to make the case that THEY represent the average GOP voter, then I support that 100%. So from this day forward we have to realize that the average Republican voter is either an aged old man who talks to his furniture, or a batshit crazy female narcissist with an eating disorder and impossible to predict mood swings.
Works for me.