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. g

    Return non-federal private student loans to bankruptcy eligibility now! Help save the recovery!

    February 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Larry L


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

    Agree. I always check with Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan before I decide on a candidate.

    February 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. brian in denver

    Prior to his performance @ the GOP convention, Clint's last attempt @ humor was his interaction with the monkey in "Every Which Way But Loose". Both were dismal failures. The man has had a very successful career as a director & stereotypical tough guy. Time to gracefully live out what time he has left without any more public displays of senility.

    February 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Jack

    No high visibility PR stunts probably means that behind the scenes something is getting done, Let's hope! Mr. Eastwood, it is time you zip your lip!

    February 10, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. consequence

    Congress was not elected to be a patsy for Obama. it was elected to serve, in part, as a check on the powers of the President. Any President as far out as Obama is always going to encounter problems with Congress, especially a President who ignores Congress or will not negotiate with them except on his own terms (which, of course, is not negotiation at all).

    February 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. No Party Patriot

    Empty head who speaks to empty chairs, its like getting diet and marriage advice from Rush Limbaugh.

    February 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. declutterbug

    Notice that Clint said "leaders" of congress. Finally someone recognized that it is NOT just the responsibility of the President to lead.

    February 10, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Pathetic movies guys think we are sold out to their say. -–but not.

    February 10, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Paul in MA

    I don't agree with Clint's views very often, but he is right on the money with this one!
    For forty years these guys have done whatever they please feeling they know what to do ignoring the people they represent except during elections, and look what shape we are in today.

    February 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Chipster

    The Republican Congress claimed they would make jobs their #1 priority. They did this by trying dozens of times to ban gay marriage and abortion. I've seen no signs that the GOP and their Tea Party members have any intention of playing well with others to improve the job situation. They need to go back to kindergarten. So, I agree with Clint Eastwood but for completely opposite reasons. Eastwood was a so-so actor but certainly not one of the greatest intellectuals our nation has produced. It reveals something about today's Republican Party that they chose him as a guest speaker for their convention, perhaps based on Reagan's use of "Go ahead, make my day..." a script line from one of Eastwood's movies. That's fantasy, not policy. And this is today's Republican leadership?

    February 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. YathinkSo

    Gee Clint, Ya think so ? The only people happy with Congress are the corporate and special interests that own our government.

    Perhaps it's time for Dirty Harry to clean up Congress ? Think of the ratings if ole' Clint personally wasted the entire lot of them. Now that's front page news.

    February 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. CAWinMD

    Consequence, you're only partially right. Congress was not elected to be Obama's patsy, but they were elected to solve do the country's business and get things done. If that requires taking hard votes, then so be it. This Congress, like the last, has refused to do the heavy lifting. Sitting in the corner saying "My way or the highway", as the Tea Party participants are doing, is not doing the country's business.

    As for Obama being far out or not negotiating, just remember - Republicans could have had 850 billion in spending cuts along with those tax increases they voted for anyway if they had just stepped up to the plate to take the deal. Obama negotiated, gave them two big wins (redefining rich up, and the chained CPI for Social Security inflation), and Boehner couldn't get to yes. Gives the lie to pretty much everything you said in your post.

    February 10, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A bunch of doctors and lawyers in Congress, what can the American people expect; even doctors and lawyers specialize in their profession and we should have people in Congress who specialize in Economics and the Constitution. Think about it, you wouldn't go to a doctor to do be your lawyer and vice versa.

    February 10, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. rd

    Who cares what a celebrity thinks?

    February 10, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Charlotte

    Hey, Larry L – Paris Hilton is actually a lot savvier than you may realize. Lohan, not so much.

    February 10, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Clwyd

    The House was not meant to serve only republicans and not the American public. With support o 15% for the Congress I think we know why the republicans are suddenly so concerned about immigration and anything that will help them from dying!

    February 10, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. John Black Hills SD

    "Term limits."We have the same old members in the House and Senate of the US Congress, these same old members do the same thing over, and over again following a broken ideology of Congressional arrogance and ineptness. The USA is a mess because we have retreads running the nation as they pass rules of Congress so our rep's don't have to preform, they've given themselves wealth that takes them to the grave as they live like kings and queens in breath. "Term limits."

    February 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Namebill jones

    I agree with clint, they just dont give a damn. Im a lifelong republican (59) and both parents too. The republicans the tea party are holding this country back. In my opinion --traitors-- everyone one of them should be tried for treason!!! And the fiscal cliff is coming up again. Try this, untill agreement STOP there paycheck and other bennys they havent earned. What a worthless group they are. No wonder they cant win an important election, only a pure idiot would gamble on a republican!!!

    February 10, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Barry

    I thought Clint was dead! Give him a 'dribble glass', and send him to the 'Home For the Over The Hill Nobody's!'

    February 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Martin

    Maybe he's upset at Congress because they actually sit in their chairs?

    He's right though. If Congress doesn't give a damn about America, why should Americans.

    February 10, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. dean morse

    In supporting Romney, you lost conderable credibility. Remember, this is the same party who had McCain running for the highest office in the land with Palin as VP. What would anyone expect from them now? Ant reasonable person can not look at someone straight in the eye and blame Obama for anything, the blame is with the Tea Party backed extreme right candidates that support a divisive, bias,prejudicial society. And that is the GOP today. By there own admission, they have stated, "We Have to Change." Of course they have an agenda here as well. "Lets move forward on immigration to secure the Latino vote." Pandering to a specific population to get votes to propel them forward to do as they wish. Not "Lets support immigration, because its the right thing to do. The GOP is a disgrace to American politics.

    February 10, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Namebill jones

    By the way letting people know you are a republican is actually embarrasing!!!!

    February 10, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Loathstheright

    To be more correct....the REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS are the ones who don't give a damn about America.
    Everything wrong in the country is caused by conservative policies.

    February 10, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Clwyd

    Clint is a deranged old man and so out of touch with reality. He talks to people who aren't there and the republicans can see the man he's talking to!

    February 10, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. 21k

    ha, time for assisted living clint. your party is comprised of a bunch of opportunists, led by senator turtle and representative spray tan. all are beholden to spoiled children , grover norquist and wayne lapierre. maybe you should have backed thinking candidates instead of your bizarre stunt at the old, rich white man convention.

    February 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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