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In defense of Clint Eastwood: He was weird, but fantastic
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Posted on 08/31/2012 3:26:48 AM PDT by nuconvert

Go ahead. Vet my day. A fistful of incoherence. High slurs rambler. Every which way and loose.

Clint Eastwood, the 82-year-old movie star and director, inspired what seemed like enthusiasm inside the Republican National Convention's Tampa Bay Times Forum—and disbelief outside it and on Twitter.

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1 posted on 08/31/2012 3:27:00 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

No...That was painful to watch...


2 posted on 08/31/2012 3:31:40 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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Between Akin and Eastwood, I guess I can conclude that...

... I can see weird people.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 3:32:18 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: nuconvert

Some liked it; some didn’t. I enjoyed it. I think the liberals hated his words/routine going after Obama because it was effective in some ways. At least, he was honest, funny and you know they didn’t write his message for him. To me, he was the best of the speakers because he is solid; he could care less what they in the media say.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 3:37:38 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: chadwimc

Haha. It was weird. He’s old. But I laughed & so did the audience.


5 posted on 08/31/2012 3:38:07 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

He was fantastic. He made many great ponts. He needs no one to defend him. YAY CLINT!!!


6 posted on 08/31/2012 3:38:22 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: nuconvert
Sorry, guess I just a little prejudice (is that raaaaacist?) but I didn't see it that way.

I'm guessing he sort of winged it and was making it up as he went along.

Naturally, all Leftist/Libs/Commies/RATS, etc. and their sycophant Dear Reader supporters are going to be upset that a notable Hollyweird actor was making sport of their Messiah.

I thought I was going to fall out of my chair when he supposedly was told by O'Bummer to tell Mitt to go fungool himself and said: "what do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. I can’t tell him to do that to himself.

Tooooo funny.

He brought the house down when he said "We own this country" and he said what needs to be said over and over and over: The pols (and all other gov't employees) "WORK FOR US", hinting "We hire(d) you, we can fire your worthless asses" and then he drove the Libs nuts when he made a throat cutting gesture.

7 posted on 08/31/2012 3:38:37 AM PDT by neveralib
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

THE best line of the Convention: Clint talking to Obama

“NO, I can’t do that to myself.”


8 posted on 08/31/2012 3:40:33 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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To: neveralib

Not sure if this is true but I read on a thread a few minutes ago that his telepromter froze on the first page. He was doing it from memory. Not bad for a 80 year old.


9 posted on 08/31/2012 3:41:40 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Christie at the beach
I enjoyed it. Clint did what we do when we just ramble out loud and laugh to/at with ourselves. As we get older, we do it more often.

Hmmm....Am I rambling???

10 posted on 08/31/2012 3:43:31 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nuconvert

He wasn’t wierd at all. Clint was awesome and it was one of the best moments of any political convention. He could have been the next Reagan if he had pursued it.


11 posted on 08/31/2012 3:43:54 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: chadwimc

“No...That was painful to watch...”
______________________________

No, I thought he was great.
At age 85, YOU will be pushing up daisies :P


12 posted on 08/31/2012 3:45:27 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: nuconvert

lol..just watching it now...it wasn’t “weird” at all unless you’re a democrat. It was funny. He made specific appeals to different groups. I got it.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 3:46:57 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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Full text of his speech :

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rnc-2012-clint-eastwoods-speech-to-the-republican-convention-in-tampa-full-text/2012/08/30/4247043c-f314-11e1-a612-3cfc842a6d89_story.html


14 posted on 08/31/2012 3:49:01 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Sacajaweau

Hahahaha! Boy can I identify with ...wait...what were you saying? Meanwhile Hey you kids...get off my lawn.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 3:49:43 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

That was a good line. The only problem is that everyone is talking Clint Eastwood and not Romney who should have been the main topic today.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 3:51:10 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: nuconvert

Anything that tweaks the liberals and the media (but I repeat myself) is fine with me. The empty chair was a great representation of Obama.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 3:51:35 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: nuconvert; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
If you compare Clint Eastwood and Obama, at least Clint has a record you can follow back to 1930. With Obama, his record is said to start in 1961 but with all the hidden parts, it is hard to follow or even find anyone who knew him as a youth or school mate. Even his book uses made up girlfriends. Clint can speak of his films while all Obama mentions of his record is that it was not his fault.

The empty chair is Obama.

The only difference is if Obama had actually been there is, there would have a teleprompter on each side of the chair... and an empty suit sitting upon it.

18 posted on 08/31/2012 3:52:37 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: chadwimc

>> No...That was painful to watch...

And you’ll be savoring every breathless moment of the Democrat convention.

Go ahead, punk...


19 posted on 08/31/2012 3:52:53 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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from another article...

“By 11 p.m. ET, a parody Twitter account @InvisibleObama had more than 20,000 followers.”


20 posted on 08/31/2012 3:59:50 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
I enjoyed it very much. Clint had problems with the teleprompter. I am willing to bet that many of you would fail... when you reach the age of 82... boarding a plane and flying coast to coast... and addressing America impromptu without having a few uh and ahhs come out. He stuttered less than that kenyan usurping connoisseur of man gravy named obama. Clint was magnificent. You have the right to your opinions... and I have the right to mine.

LLS

21 posted on 08/31/2012 4:00:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (If romney is our only chance... we have less of a chance than a Massachusetts fetus.)
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To: neveralib

He was...

...honest
...understandable
...making good points
...dishing out some good one-liners
...delivering an effective case that we need to rid ourselves of Obama
...worth having in prime time for the American cause


22 posted on 08/31/2012 4:00:51 AM PDT by ChronicMA
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To: AlexW

“No...That was painful to watch...”

‘No, I thought he was great.’

At age 85, YOU will be pushing up daisies :P

BUT by that time will he have aquired at least a modicum of maturation and or appreciation...? and or do we care..bwahahahaaah?


23 posted on 08/31/2012 4:01:58 AM PDT by jimsin (u)
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To: nuconvert
What Clint did was brilliant stage craft, only someone from his guild could do that. It was loaded with Metaphors, The Invisible POTUS, the Shrinking POTUS, and his responses the Angry one we know he can be. But I also diminished him, i.e. he was "gone" as in a past tense. That is huge, so many of us have put Obama behind us, we are just waiting until November to make it Official.

And I bet it got so under Obama's skin we get another "you didn't build that"

Tangent to this it was a giant up-yours to PC and the Dominant Media particularly the talking heads MC'ing the event. I have heard some reactions, but I bet even today they are livid...

24 posted on 08/31/2012 4:02:09 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: chadwimc

I think it was a little harder to grasp what was going on at first while watching it on tv. The audience got it right away. Think of his routine this way.... Empty chair, empty suit.


25 posted on 08/31/2012 4:02:38 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: napscoordinator
You know exactly why that is. romney may win and he may become president but his popularity is in the ditch... even amongst supporters. Clint is a beloved character actor that cared enough to show up and rip jug ears a new one.

LLS

26 posted on 08/31/2012 4:04:21 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (If romney is our only chance... we have less of a chance than a Massachusetts fetus.)
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To: Bender2

Bender, you are delightfully twisted, and I never read your stuff, but I do now you make me laugh. Dude you need some audio visual equipment and your own Beck-ish web based TV Channel. Keep it up!


27 posted on 08/31/2012 4:05:11 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Sacajaweau
I turned the television on just after he began his conversation with the empty chair and thought "what the heck is this; seems pretty weird for a national political convention - funny but weird." Frankly, I was also a bit concerned that ole Dirty Harry might have lost a bullet or two from his chamber.

I have since seen it again and had a different reaction. Just from a comedic acting perspective, I think Clint was brilliant. It was like he was channeling his inner Jimmy Stewart. If it true that he was ad libbing or otherwise doing it without script, he was beyond brilliant. I will be very happy if I can do a routine like that when I am 82. Some of the commentators who were most upset about it (can you hear me Wolf Blitzer) need to find a sense of humor.

Besides what could be more appropriate to symbolize our empty suit of a President than an empty chair?

28 posted on 08/31/2012 4:06:21 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: chadwimc

Loved it. He minimized and ridiculed obama and you know from lib reactions it was a home run.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 4:07:00 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: AlexW

I thought Clint’s performance last night was “high art”. And, if (as they say) ridicule is the greatest political weapon then his “interview” with Obama was an atom bomb.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 4:07:22 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: LS

Lets hope some great clips of this speech go viral today


31 posted on 08/31/2012 4:09:21 AM PDT by ChronicMA
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

LOL

That was funny

He was good. Good to see him with a sense of humor too.


32 posted on 08/31/2012 4:09:27 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: chadwimc

My mom who lives with me, is 89.

You have to get used to older people who take their time in what they say and think about what it means.

Young people are in such a hurry, they don’t comprehend a generation that grew up with the idea that:

“A fool speaks because he thinks he has to, a wise man speakd when he has something to say”

With Clint, I don’t know how much in his delivery was calculated (in the way typical to older people) or how much of it was style.... and the fact is, Clint always had a sober, sparse and measured style.

I think it has always been his distinctive charm... (I really don’t like loud, giggly men who blather on like women).

They say women are attracted to men like their dad.... well, my dad was a strong, quiet and very masculine gentleman.

I guess that’s why I appreciate Clint! Just my humble opinion.


33 posted on 08/31/2012 4:09:47 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Christie at the beach

I agree


34 posted on 08/31/2012 4:10:04 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Christie at the beach
He "could care less"???
Please.
35 posted on 08/31/2012 4:10:31 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Hmmm....Am I rambling???

LOL

36 posted on 08/31/2012 4:11:07 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: ChronicMA

Rush should have a lot of fun with Eastwood clips today...


37 posted on 08/31/2012 4:11:17 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: nuconvert

Man, he seemed old. However, he was a regular guy that conveyed the frustration that a lot of people have in a down to earth way. Unconventional but excellent, particularly to the non-political junkies. Moreover, since the libs on MSNBC and the liberal blogosphere are foaming at the mouth about it, it had to have been effective to them as well! Suprisingly excellent last day of the convention.


38 posted on 08/31/2012 4:12:27 AM PDT by Nicojones
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To: nuconvert

Eastwood is Warner Bros. He made some clear points echoing our thoughts of this is our country; not theirs.


39 posted on 08/31/2012 4:13:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ChronicMA

Merely the fact that the media will have to explain that THE EMPTY CHAIR=OBAMA is symbolic and Hugh !


40 posted on 08/31/2012 4:13:55 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: nuconvert
Go ahead. Vet my day. A fistful of incoherence. High slurs rambler. Every which way and loose.

Lol, I doubt that. Eastwood has been an actor for around sixty years. He was talking to an empty chair and obviously using humor to ridicule Obama. I expect he did exactly what he intended to do exactly as he intended to do it.

41 posted on 08/31/2012 4:16:57 AM PDT by Will88
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To: LibLieSlayer

I thought the stuttering was purposeful; he was making fun of Zero. I also didn’t notice him even attempting to use the prompter. I think it was completely extemporaneous.


42 posted on 08/31/2012 4:17:26 AM PDT by GatorGirl (ABO)
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To: chadwimc

There were some moments where i wondered if he was going to be able to get through it, but overall i thought it turned out well. Or perhaps i should say that it ended well, once he got away from the empty chair routine and started talking more from the heart. It also helped that the audience was with him, wanted him to do well, and were very supportive throughout.

My guess is that Eastwood will now get the Charlton Heston treatment from the left. That’s the way they are whenever someone from one of their pet groups (minorities, Hollywood) steps out of line. They feel they have to bury that person under an avalanche of never-ending smears in order to serve as a warning to others who would otherwise similarly dare to defy them and thus threaten to break up their monopoly in those areas.


43 posted on 08/31/2012 4:18:09 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: mware
He was doing it from memory. Not bad for a 80 year old.

Just now on GMA Ann Romney was asked about Clint's speech and she said that he was winging it.....

44 posted on 08/31/2012 4:19:35 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: nuconvert

I love Eastwood but he did seem more than a little bit confused up there.He reminded me a lot of my Dad in his last few years.I felt sorry for him as I watched.


45 posted on 08/31/2012 4:19:50 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: chadwimc
I'm a huge Clint Eastwood fan, have been since a very young Conservative. I grew up on Clint Eastwood westerns and Dirty Harry movies. I think Clint Eastwood is one of the greatest, if not the greatest actor of all time. I believe that in my heart.

I was really looking forward to seeing "Dirty Harry" give his speech at the Republican Convention. But we didn't get "Dirty Harry" ... we got Clint Eastwood, a clearly aged Clint Eastwood and at points it really was painful to watch as he lost his train of thought and stumbled to remember the words he wanted to say.

One thing we know for sure: he didn't use a teleprompter, and I believe spoke from his heart. He got a few good zinger's in, and the best zingers are always grounded in truth.

But as much as I respect and admire him, there were moments that were painful to watch, I suspect some of that has to do with my own personal expectation (or hope) that Dirty Harry would show up when Clint Eastwood did instead.

46 posted on 08/31/2012 4:21:15 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: nuconvert

Clint was “Awesome”! Each quip was a fearless, bullseye, .44 slug delivered right at the heart of socialism.


47 posted on 08/31/2012 4:21:54 AM PDT by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: usconservative

“We own this country.”


48 posted on 08/31/2012 4:22:23 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: neveralib

“I’m guessing he sort of winged it and was making it up as he went along.”

I had the same impression.

Of course, a true actor could do that without much effort. It’s what they do.

Also, and this is so important... Clint... unlike so many other Hollywood people who intrude themselves into politics or are actually invited (as I am sure Clint was) to speak in favor of a candidate or a policy... Clint did not dash out and hire a dozen overpriced speechwriters for himself or make any more out of the invitation than it was. He didn’t behave as if he thought it was ABOUT HIM, but rather focused on the election and the issues.

In his very natural, casual and almost off-hand delivery, Clint conveyed that he knew very well what his place was and why he was there. He never once behaved as if it was about HIM.... he was very clearly there FOR MITT … and did NOT grandstand.

Good for him.


49 posted on 08/31/2012 4:22:31 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: nuconvert

Btw,Eastwood is Warner Bros. He made some clear points echoing our thoughts of this is our country; not theirs. Let the Democrats scream, holler or whatever. That’s what communists do. We need a leader; not a Dear Leader. If some of the Republican elitists want to control; let them eventually wither on the vine.

Our country is ours; not theirs.


50 posted on 08/31/2012 4:23:04 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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