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President Obama wants to make it clear that, in his own words, "I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan."
"He is a great actor, and an even better director," the president said in an interview with USA TODAY aboard Air Force One, on his way to campaign rallies in Iowa Saturday. "I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific.
However, Obama seemed less eager to review Eastwood's latest performance, on stage at the Republican National Convention Thursday. The 82-year-old Hollywood icon preceded Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with a rambling 12-minute improvisation that included a rude "interview" with an empty chair purportedly occupied by an invisible Obama.
Was he offended?
"One thing about being president or running for president — if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession." Obama said with a smile. He said there would be no effort to counter with a similar stunt at the Democratic National Convention, which opens in Charlotte Tuesday.
"I think we'll be playing this pretty straight," he said.
In my opinion this is very magnanimous of the President. Especially since he may be just about the ONLY Democrat willing to give Eastwood a pass on this.
But what can we say? The guy is just too classy to take the easy shot.
However that has not stopped conservative Teabagger types from trying to turn a negative into some bizarre positive, by actually embracing Eastwood's empty chair rant, and turning it into a metaphor for, well...something.
This from a website where the teabagging never ends:
In reaction to Clint Eastwood’s “Invisible Obama,” one of our readers, Foxyladi, suggested this great idea and WTPOTUS are going with it! Put an Empty Chair on your front lawn! The empty chair for the empty suit! No lawn? Put it on your apartment balcony or add one in front of your office building. No chair? Help the economy and buy one! Any old chair will do! Think of the possibilities!
Spread this idea far and wide! Tweet it or twitter it – whatever one does. Add the idea to all the social media networks i.e., Facebook. Send the idea to your Tea Party and blog it everywhere! As she said, “Who needs a political sign when this says it all!” Visualize neighborhood homes all having an empty chair sitting on their lawn! It doesn’t matter what kind of chair it is, just any chair will do.
So rather than have to admit that Clint Eastwood used an empty chair to steal Mitt Romney's big night away from him, and hope that people will forget about it before election day, THESE morons are going out of their way to make sure that people keep on talking about it right up until November.
Good plan! No really!
Keep up the good work. As Charlie Sheen would say, "You're WINNING!"
Update: It appears that Mittens himself is NOT so willing to provide cover for Eastwood, which is why he made damn sure the actor/director appears NOWHERE in the ad that the Romney campaign created from the footage taken at the convention.