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. JD

    The guy who supported their part for the presidential election failure doesn't believe congress which has the controlling party of whom he supported is a failure. He should set some more empty seats up and talk to them! His credibility is completely shot!

    February 10, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Outside John

    Clint, You can do something – Talk to 480 empty chairs!

    February 10, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Jason

    Clint, you're little rambling address that you gave at the convention is part of the problem. You are not part of the solution. So when you say "I don't give a damn" nobody else in this country gives a damn about you.

    February 10, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Pablo

    I'm always interested in what these movies stars think. I can't wait until Lindsay Lohan speaks out on these issues. I just hope that CNN keeps us up to date.

    February 10, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey Clint Eastwood, you and your republican party are the problem. You endorse them and vote for them and now you're complaining? You were my childhood hero and I loved you dearly but all those movies I collected through the years have been trashed for your insult and disrespect of the President. You're a disgrace to your fans and to this country that has had to endure eight long years of republican turmoil. Please go away.

    February 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Jack

    First, Clint Eastwood contributed more to American art and culture than the above posters (posers) and everyone they are genetically linked to, times a thousand.

    Second, calling an iconic American actor "senile" and "old" is the contribution of an imbecile.

    Third, in your spare time, of which I imagine you have tons and tons, you should look up the Dunning–Kruger effect. It is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes. If your vocabulary is even sufficient to understand what those words mean, you may at least begin to understand where you are on the bell curve of human intellect (HINT: deep in the left tail).

    February 10, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Capt Obvious

    Thank you Clint for pointing out what 79% of us already knew.

    February 10, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Buzz

    He's just figured this out? Wow!

    February 10, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. WeDontMattter

    I wonder how Eastwood feels about (his buddy, and believed co-star in the movie "Every Which Way but Loose") Donald Trump's desire to go to court to prove he is not an orangutang?

    February 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Buzz

    Jack sounds like such a happy guy.

    February 10, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. myway

    Eastwood is right on this one, well half of it anyway. Congress doesn't give a damn about individuals unless they're part of a lobby or high powered political organization. The one eye opening dramatization of the Lincoln movie was how accessible our politicians used to be. Now they're hiding behind layers of burocrats and secret service in high security buildings. You need the equivalent of a backstage pass for gaining access. Most don't even think of trying. In other words our top politicians are literally and physically disconnected from their constiguents so they can offer their influence to the highest bidder rather than attend to the greatest needs. Example: Hurricane Sandy. Congress took up helping victims only after public kicking and screaming by local politicians, such as gov Christy, with access to the media. I'm sure there are decent members of congress but as a whole they seem mostly ineffective or short of expectations. The only thing to remember is, we put those people there. Something to think about.

    February 10, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Pete

    Boy Clint finally woke up ha!!After nearly four years of republican obstruction,racism by his ole white boys party he says they aren't doing anything ,WOW,doesn't take any brains even from the Carmel mayor to see that...Now what are yah gonna do Clint go to congress with your 44magnum the most powerful handgun in the world and get them DIRTY HARRY style or rock in that chair like a senile old man that you republicans voted for in Pres. Reagan years ago!!Quit being ignorent Clint because its your party like it or not that created this mess and like Roosevelt back in the day of the Great Depression its gonna take time to fix and time does heal some wounds but not the ones your morons in Washington keep putting us through!!So to stop the cycle of republican ignorence like fleas and ticks you have to stop the cycle of ignorence coming in from the right and like those pests I mentioned eventually they'll move on or become extinct altogether because the fight against them is to hard for them to beat!!

    February 10, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. justbeamensch

    Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Rush Limbaugh – what they have contributed to American culture we could have easily done without.

    February 10, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. steve-0

    You deserve part of the blame Clint–shut your mouth

    February 10, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. MG

    Is anybody happy with them??

    Keep givin away the store congress. And don't do anything meaningful. Just political plays that go nowhere. SHame on Both sides. STOP SPENDING SO MUCH.

    February 10, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Kweso

    An empty man talking to empty chairs about empty things. The gate to heaven is very narrow. Empty people can't get in.

    February 10, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Jerry Hoefen

    Reality check clint make good in next election. Personly i beleive most people who post negitive thoughts about clint are bias dont like to hear truth. Nation is going thru alot pain now people are dieing from flu suffering from complications from flu . I just get this world has no compassion for other people , work is horrorable conditions where sick loose their jobs fired because co worker comes to work with flu gives it to follow workers because they fear for their job wont stay home.Even working for goverment as postal worker unions wont defend wrongfull deeds an right of the union workers. We should all be ashame of what we have done to next generation selling them out for our own personal gain

    February 10, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. alien

    Congress is more worthless than a penis on an ameba.

    February 10, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Larry L

    You're trying a little hard to show intellectual surperiority. Ironic in this case...

    Eastwood did create a definate image of a violent, gun-fighting, loner. It was good intertainment but hardly could be considered a significant "contribution to American art and culture". The disrespect he showed for the President of the United States leaves him open for cheap shots. Those are the "rules".

    You reference to the Dunning–Kruger effect puts you at risk. As David Dunning and Justin Kruger conclude, "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about other". How do you know you aren't the "incompetent" unable to recognize your mistake in evaluating the other posters? Does flowery use of a good vocabulary make you "competent" or just pompus?

    February 10, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. steve

    This certainly is not the entire problem, but it may very well be that some members of Congress about whom you complain are inspired by self-indulgent buffoonery displayed in public – including televised political conventions – when responsible, constructive commentary from public figures might help..

    February 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Ralph in Orange Park FL

    As he talks to 535 empty chairs.

    February 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. hubert39

    Maybe with his big mouth and big money he should run for congress. Then he will find out that it's not a movie.
    And he is not the BOSS!

    February 10, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Puddin

    I'll bet Clint Eastwood is kicking himself for that conversation with the chair. LOL Hey, I also bet even our president has a sense of humor. Mr. Eastwood is coming around recognizing what an arrogant bunch his has been supporting and hopes the Democrats do "annihilate" the Repubs. (per Boehner). Give him credit for that at least.

    February 10, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    And by the way, Clint, though you made great movies and contributed a lot to the American movie industry, you're in no way, form or fashion in the same class or league as Jimmy Stewart.

    February 10, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. DAT

    I form all my political opinions based on what actors and singers tell me I should think.

    February 10, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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