Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress
February 9th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't pleased with the job Congress is doing.

"It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said Friday in an interview with CNBC. "So if they don't give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?"

And he's not the only one.

A CNN poll conducted last month found only 21% approved of how Congress is handling its job.

That survey was taken fresh on the heels of the fiscal cliff standoff, where bickering between the parties sent the U.S. over the so-called fiscal cliff, although only briefly.

Some would say conditions on Capitol Hill hasn't improved much since, especially as lawmakers find themselves in gridlock ahead of future financial battles, such as the sequester deadline next month and the debt limit by May.

Congress also has immigration and gun violence legislation in the pipeline, and a number of Cabinet nominations to consider.

But Eastwood, who endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and drew attention for a rambling address at the Republican National Convention this summer, doesn't see progress in Washington.

"There's just a lot of people standing looking at one another and maybe it just appears that way to us who are outside of the beltway," Eastwood said. "Right now it's very disappointing. I just wish - the election's over, we should be moving ahead. And the leaders aren't stepping up."

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soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. ncgreybr

    and we care about what yet another angry senile old Republican male is whining about? Get in line behind McCain and the rest of them...

    February 9, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Mm

    Clint Eastwood: "Empty Chair, what should I do now that doesn't make me seem so crazy?"

    February 9, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Beardie

    Their all still in shock over you talking to the chair like it was a person.Have you been seeing dead people or flying monkeys or pigs lately .If so are they talking to you like the chair did?

    February 9, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Tony

    Republicans wish there was an empty podium to go with the empty chair. But that would have upstaged Romney too.

    February 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    I have always liked Clint Eastwood regardless of his political choices, but I am begining to think he might be losing it. He talks to an empty chair at the GOP convention then when asked about afterward said something to the effect of "if they were STUPID enough to ask me tto speak then they got what they deserved" Remember the GM ad he did in the Super Bowl in 2012 that got Karl Rove and FoxNews all riled up? Now THAT was classic Clint.

    February 9, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. chuck

    Hey Clint, how does it feel for being 30% responsible for GOPs failure at the RNC. Romney was 60% responsible) . (Scott Walker was 10% responsible from WI, just for being so friggin stupid and ugly!!). Anyone else notice how mortified Ann Romney looked watching Clint destroy the night?? Ahhhh..yess...

    February 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. rob

    Eastwoods conversation with the chair showed the likeness to the democratic in the chair, no one in the dems to listen or's my way or the highway.Both parties bite.

    February 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. njbchicago

    ncgreybr, I bet you'd be fine if it weren't a Republican but maybe a Robert DeNero that was whining. Democrats are hypocrites and there is no two ways about it. Tired or it. Plain and simple. Democrats are taking this country nowhere. Nowhere. Economy stinks, social rights and political correctness rule the day. See how far that gets you at the grocery store. I think you should pay more in taxes. Maybe that would make you see the light.

    February 9, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. ray1950

    It shouldn't (and doesn't) matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican. The point is that members of Congress aren't doing their job. How about both parties putting America first?

    February 9, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Pete/Ark

    See....?...wisdom comes even unto Hollywood...or at least to Carmel...

    February 9, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. patiat

    I think liberals and republicans alike can agree with Clint here. Congress doesn't give a damn.

    February 9, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. John

    While the media focuses attention on the House Republicans seemingly lack of compromising ability, this same media seems to ignoree the Democratically controlled Senate who routinely say in advance that things are "dead upon arrival" of just about anything that the House puts forward. Both parties are EQUALLY guilty of what is going on and most of us just want the media to admit it rather than just blaming one party.

    February 9, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. heliocracy

    First of all, who cares what Eastwood thinks...he knows little to nothing about government. Secondly, if he's really concerned he can just set up 535 empty chairs and give them a stern lecture.

    February 9, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Craig

    He can wait until the chambers are empty and yell at a lot of empty chairs.

    February 9, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Katydid

    The real question heremisnwho are the 21% who think congress is doing a great job?

    February 9, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Linda Luttrell

    Yo, Eastwood! Talk to your empty chair!

    February 9, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Sean

    Maybe Congress feels they are representing empty chairs.

    February 9, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. M

    It is disappointing that the Legislative branch is dysfunctional to the extent they are, and that they collectively cannot work together with the Executive branch to reach a middle ground. The only branch semi-maintaining their capability, philosophical prowess and wisdom is the judicial and even the Supreme Court is playing politics by side-stepping the major causes, by addressing symptoms. Suing ratings firms over effects of government-pressured policies won't solve anything either, as when it comes time to downgrade U.S. bonds and credit again, the nation will only have itself to blame. Welcome to "change".

    February 9, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. My Right

    blame the liberals on this. If they were real Americans then lot's of stuff would be getting done. It's the fact that there's too many viewpoints and most are ridiculous. Liberals should read the constitution and go to church (Christian only) and then we'd all be level-set and able to move in the right direction.

    February 9, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. MeoRam

    What's he complaining about the group he belongs to, aside from empty chairs, those who have chairs have empty brains, too!

    February 9, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. art beitchman

    I'll tell you why Clint, you had an empty chair to work with, the GOP in the House have empty heads. If they have no interest left in doing the right thing for the American people they should quit and let somebody who cares do their jobs.

    February 9, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. TallinOK

    Interesting that the posters have been focusing on the convention rather than Eastwood's point. Congress has been bought and paid for by special interests and lobbying groups. It isn't ideology, it's all about money.

    February 9, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Another Satisfied Democrat

    you had your chance to say something profound Clint and you chose to talk to the chair.....

    February 9, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Virginia

    Article 1 Section 1 of the constitution states Congress has absolute legislative power. They have to write legislation, approve senate bills or work to pass a president's policy. Our lives are in the hands of John Boehner. Is that scary. The man has done little. Doesn't seem to really be in charge. Or he just doesn't care.

    February 9, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Kweso

    Now, he's talking to a lot of empty chairs. "Dementia"

    February 9, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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