Obama: No offense taken at Eastwood speech
September 2nd, 2012
09:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama: No offense taken at Eastwood speech

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday he took no offense at Clint Eastwood's prime-time address at the Republican National Convention, in which the legendary actor and director posed questions to an empty chair, which he said represented the Democratic incumbent.

"One thing about being president or running for president - if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession," Obama told USA Today.

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Eastwood's speech came the same night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Tampa, Florida. The sprawling, off-the-cuff address drew criticism from some, who said Eastwood's unorthodox remarks overshadowed Romney. The Republican nominee's advisers wrote off the criticism, saying the crowd found Eastwood's remarks funny.

"He's a great messenger. The guy is an American treasure," Romney senior strategist Stuart Stevens said.

Obama agreed with that sentiment in the USA Today interview, calling Eastwood "a great actor, and an even better director."

"I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific," the president added.

That appreciation, however, doesn't mean Democrats will try to mimic Eastwood's performance at their own confab, slated to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

"I think we'll be playing this pretty straight," Obama said.

soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. Badboy

    Bottom line; Eastwood is right. If someone isn't doing the job, ie, leading from behind, golfing, vacationing, etc.. instead of the work they were elected to do, it is time to let them go! As the Donald says, "Your"e fired!" Go back to Chicago where you belong!

    September 2, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Most of us felt sorry for Clint Eastwood who the Republicans made look like a dotty old fool who had lost touch with reality. It was one sad sight and awful memory to have of a once great actor and director. President Obama is a caring and decent man and would of course take the high road and not hurt Clint Eastwood any more than the Republican Party and Eastwood himself hurt his image.

    September 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. mdaneker

    If Obama would have done this then they would have screamed about how he's the elite Hollywood type, funny how much is only okay when the GOP does it.

    September 2, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. YANNAES

    Well, funny thing is that we as the tax payer have been laughing at you and your joke of an administration for the last four years.

    September 2, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. independent

    There are a lot of clueless, juvenile liberals who post here often. Their thin-skinned responses to Clint Eastwood's appearance exemplifies that. By the way, Mitt Romney is ahead of Obama in several swing states. Must be all of Obama's negativity and narcissism. "You didn't build that." You all need to watch "The Hope And The Change" documentary which will be released this month of September. Thank you again, Mr. Eastwood for providing levity and some laughs!

    September 2, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. FORWARD

    This week begins our journey for Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!

    September 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Alina1

    You can't get angry at the old person that talks to the chair. Obama heard worse insults and and from worse people, he can handle it fine.
    So when it was hilarious when Clint blames the chair for starting war in Afghanistan: "Didn't you learned from the Russians?", Clint said.

    September 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. JSL

    Better off than 4 four years ago? Yeh, I'll take this economy than going to hell in a hand-basket...750,000 jobs lost in ONE month, banks closing on weekends to avoid more panic, 2 wars with no end in sight, the big 3 finished with millions of jobs at stake, countries around the world in an utter panic, al qaeda fully engaged...It was an absolute disaster everywhere you looked. I would suggest looking up old clips on youtube if your memory is short.

    September 2, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. DonewithGOPbs

    The basement Ann R. was talking about is the basement that every mormon suppose to have in their house. Every mormon suppose to have a place where they store a year or two worth of food and water to survive a major catastorphe
    so that basement probably had 50,000 dollars worth of supplies.

    September 2, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Jersey Girl

    Clint appeared at the convention probably because he has a new fall movie coming out called "Trouble with the Curve." He will probably get a new generation of fans, because Justin Timberlake is in the movie too. I think it was not a good idea what he did at the convention, but alot of the conservative talking heads on Faux News pretend it was a great idea; they don't want to admit to the bad idea.

    September 2, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. herman

    Fire the republicans in congress..arrogant incompetent employees who dont deserve a penny from us in their benefits. They are working for oil and insurance companies .. not for americans

    September 2, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. 1stSig

    I wouldn't have taken offense either. Why worry about a washed up, old ass actor who wants to regain his 15 minutes of fame??

    September 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    On the other hand, the chair is planning to sue.

    September 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. martin

    i like john stewart's take on an invisible president obama that only right wing crazies can see while the rest of us see an effective, likeable president who dems don't have to spend an entire convention trying to make him look human and from whom nobody is asking for tax returns.

    September 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. shared_gum

    Mr. President = Class Act

    September 2, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. John S.

    Jim R said: "For that portion of the electorate that is both educated and that uses ability to reason, here's that will be remember from Clint's performance... "Obama, you're our employee and it's time to let you go"."

    HOw would you know? You're obviously not in the "educated" category since you can't form a simple sentence.

    September 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Patrick

    My how quickly things change. Eastwood was the darling of the left just this past January when they insisted his narration of the Chrysler commercial was an endorsment of Obama's policies. Today every left wing media pundit out there is making the most vile and cruel statements about him because of his age. Stark contrast to there silence when the late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd napped at his Senate chamber desk and rambled on nonsensically for hours on end. Ah the hypocrisy of the left. You can always count on it being there.

    September 2, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. 1stSig

    @ Jim R if you think this is something new, you should try to pay attention more. It's been "time to let them go" for decades now. I'm not talking about any specific party, I mean the government as a whole.

    September 2, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Ron

    Obama_ classy guy. The GOP looks like a clown show..a circus of people lacking intelligence. I like clint...but did anyone notice...how he said NO ONE should run for the presidency if they studied law.....LOL...DUH...the candidate you supported studied law...OOPS...right this way to your chair Mr. Eastwood!

    September 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Cathie

    You liberal just can't wait for some reason to hate can you? Clint is an old man who tells it like it is. He may have rambled and talked slow but he still got his message across. I can't wait to see Biden and Obama in the debates. Then we will see who has the command of his words.

    September 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. PushingBack

    Once again, another reason to vote for President Barack Obama in November!

    September 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Akinwande Biola . K

    Obama has show some level of maturity with the speech of Clint Eastwood's and i wish him second term in office. Amen

    September 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. carlos hernandez

    Clint (Eastwood):
    Even when many Americans might agree with you that Obama is our employee and we want a better employee in the White House to resolve our very difficult issues, my opinion is that until we have a better replacement available we shouldn't try that move. Who is there now, asking for the job do not seem to measure up with the caliber we need for the task, if we replace Obama, just to replace him, we might regret the outcome, please help us find the right individuals for the task, when we finally find them, then we can fire Obama, until then we are SOL. we got to keep him.!.

    September 2, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. alan_turing

    Eastwood and Arpaio seem to be feeble minded. I mean the crazy old coot act only goes so far.

    September 2, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Jersey Girl

    I think the Repubs exploited the icon Clint Eastwood, and he said yes because he has a new movie to push. I will probably see the movie on DVD because Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake are in it, and I'm a fan of both. Incidentally, I don't think Clint is a Republican, he's a Libertarian and believes in women's right to choose, etc.

    September 2, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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