August 31st, 2012
08:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood's inflated unemployment count

New York (CNNMoney) – Clint Eastwood's biting criticism of President Obama was a big hit with the crowd at the Republican National Convention. But his reading of the nation's unemployment situation missed by a wide margin.

Eastwood's speech on Thursday night mocked supporters of the president like Oprah Winfrey, who cried the night Obama was elected for years ago.

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  1. yasmine

    I didn't want the program but the more I am hearing...the more disappointed I am with Clint Eastwood...

    August 31, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. gurgyl

    this dude is an idiot. Just because of you going to IRAN WAR, does it get better????shame. 2 wars, Trickle Down nonsense created this huge dent....it is not crying past, it is betterment of future....true...

    August 31, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. LIP

    It's a metaphor...empty chair equals four empty years.

    August 31, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Siara

    Maybe the reason the GOP has such a wild, extremist platform this time around is that they've rejected factual reality. They think they can scream any number at all into the media and that makes it true.

    August 31, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. myviewis

    Eastwood said 23 million unemployed and the Labor Dept. says 15.3 million unemployed, thank you I feel so much better now!!!!!!!! I am sure those 15.3 million unemployed will be happy to know it is not 23 million. Per the article ..."Even if you add in unemployed people who are not counted in that total because they are not actively looking for work - a category the Labor Department terms "marginally attached" - that number rises to just over 15.3 million."

    August 31, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. bassman

    The WSJ polled who should be the mystery speaker. A third of those polled said it would be Sarah Palin. If the RNC had listened they would not be explaining Mr. Eastwood's remarks.

    August 31, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. bb

    Clint was hillarius, whats even better he is right Oblunder has done nothing but spend your childrens money. I was impressed that thier is at least 1 dude from hollywood who will speak his mind

    August 31, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    In hindsight, no doubt the RNC wishes they wouldn't have gone for the "mystery star power". Anyone who thought Eastwood was funny or entertaining isn't playing with a full deck themselves. It was awful to watch. I quickly turned channels, got busy doing other things and ended up missing Romney's "Getting To Know Me" speech altogether. Catching up with the pundits later, the assumption is that I didn't miss much.

    August 31, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. ExRepublican

    Clint Eastwood was awful and I blame Romney for putting Clint on stage.
    Clint please stop maken yourself look like a fool.

    August 31, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Well, Eastwood was the RNC convention. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Lie.

    August 31, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Cheney literally doesn't have a heart.

    You looked straight up crazy Clint!

    August 31, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    The entire Romney campaign has been stating the same 23 million unemployed since the beginning of time; so why wouldn't Eastwood. When you peal apart the entire week, piece by piece, you will learn that the Republican party is ruled by the far-right and they did not succeed in "Etch-A-Sketching" that away!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 31, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Who cares what that ancient wife-beater does or says. He's kinda like McCain - to old to do anything good for the country, but won't sit down and shut up.

    August 31, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. GI Joe

    OK – we know R & R lie all the time, now I have to ask - DO ALL REPUBLICANS LIE?

    August 31, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Pete

    Well what can ya say of an aging actor just trying to get the last jab in before retiring,its unsettling but that's Hollywood isn't it!!Actors like Eastwood,Reagan are just tools that'll do anything for money,that's why they're actors,they're good at making people think something they're not,credible.Everything has a price and Clint must of made some scratch to stand up there and lie when he was also the man in the Chrysler ad,remember making America strong again,but not with Romney ,that's a fact that Clint hasn't seen!!

    August 31, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    It was a near perfect republican convention: the senile leading the wingnuts.

    August 31, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Random Poster

    His numbers actually look correct when you do the math on them.

    The jobless rate in the US is right about 15%, not to be confused with the easily manipulated unemployment rate.
    There are something like 175,000,000 Americans age 18-65.

    If anything his numbers are a bit low.

    August 31, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Dee

    This man was a disgrace he had no respect for the President or the Office of the President he needs to continue making movies or retire. I t took from Romney's moment and a lot of people were turned off or changed channels and Romney only said he would restore and take us back where we came from and everyone remembers what that was.

    August 31, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Bill, NY

    Clint should do what to himself? I'm sure its totally possible.

    August 31, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Craig Walter

    The 'High Plains Drifter' used to gun for justice but instead shot from the lip to disparage President Obama...

    August 31, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    I like Clint OK; made some good jazz films, plus his usual 'action' work good for entertainment.

    But having hm on for the Convention was a total exercise in bad judgement.

    August 31, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. enuff

    What a nice man... to mock people openly on a stage. another bully using a pulpit to degrade people. i know he is old (and rich) enough that he doesn't care what people think of him anymore, but he should have learned to be polite somewhere along the way.

    August 31, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Expat American

    Eastwood is an actor and essentially delivered a roast. His figures were inaccurate, and his execution was poor. At the end of the day, his speech was merely a step above Sarah Palin’s from 2008 – that is a good tabloid talking point for about 15 minutes; but in the big picture historically insignificant.

    August 31, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I liked his movies, but his politics are something that don't show well. He needed more practice at best and showed how old and frail he is at worst.

    August 31, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. gord

    thats a load of dirt harry

    August 31, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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