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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  1. Martin

    I wonder who the 21% are who believe Congress is doing a good job.

    February 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Thomas

    How can such a cool guy be so out of touch with reality .

    It's sad to think of Clint in the same way as Kid Rock , Pat Boone , Meat Loaf or Ted Nugget .

    February 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Anonymous

    "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?"

    What a stupid argument. I give a damn. Or maybe Eastwood is simply sticking his nose in what HE doesn't understand? Wasn't he one of those who willingly supported the Obstruction Party? Ahhh. Eastwood does understand after all. He's simply telling folks not to worry ... wait for the black man to get out of office, work against him ... and it'll all be better for the GOP come 2014, and then nationally come 2016.

    February 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. mary

    I wish Clint would stick to his day job! The Tea Party group has one agenda, bring everything to a stop, no Plan b or Plan C even, just bring everything to a stop. The hell with the consequences to this great country. The sad news is that nothing will change in 2014 election because of the gerrymandering of the districts. I know because i live in Pennsylvania and they did an excellent job of making sure no Democrat will win a congressional seat in their gerrymandered district. Democrats are to blame also because they did the same thing in the past. What is the answer, civilian board to handle redisctricting would be a beginning to maybe producing a fairer result. But i'm sure theywould find a way to compromise that system too. All I know is this, this situation is hurting this wonderful country and we the electorate need to agree that we too are to blame. No easy answers.

    February 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Namebill jones

    Clint, the combo of rowdy yates and mr. Favor always made things right! We need that today in congress-–the republican congressional leadership is an embarressment to the world!! "roll'em, rollem, rollem, keep those doggies rollin, rawhide!!!"

    February 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Karina

    Take sex , gender , race and abortion issues out of politics and you might get something done.
    There is no other western , civilized country that is held hostage to these issues when making policies.
    Also , both parties have to move to the middle , too many extreme right and left leaning politicians are more interested in their personal agendas than what is good for the country and its people.

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

    And who do you consider cool? This failing president? And as far as celebrites about Jamie Foxx – he's gone crazy – he thinks Obama is his savior.

    February 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. gentwelve

    notice Clint's last statement regarding the leaders... a cowardly stab at the President, Mr. Easatwood needs to just fade away.....

    February 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. JPX

    Man, what the heck happened to Eastwood? He was once the picture of cool and now he's an embarrassing old curmudgeon. Why does he care so much? He's a multi-millionaire who doesn't need to be concerned about the little people.

    February 10, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Andrew

    But it is exactly the congress that old men who talk to empty chairs wanted in the last election – a Republican congress.

    Well actually, I guess that isn't true. The majority of Americans voted for a Democrat for congress, but because of gerrymandering (aka cheating) it is a Republican majority congress.

    February 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. IvotedforObama

    Why is he whining? He supports these do nothings.

    February 10, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Mr. Eastwood, with all due respect, sir, I'm a lot more interested in your next movie than I am in your political opinions!

    February 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. d slocum

    Unfortunately, Clint Eastwood is correct. I'm surpirsed that as many as 21% approve. Congress has not done their job for four years. What Eastwood fails to say is that the obstructionist tactics of the GOP are largely responsible. While I don't think much of the Dems leadership in Congress, McConnell and Boehner are absolutely out of their element – they are not leaders ! Their record clearly speaks for itself. They decided to block everything Obama proposed in an attempt to win the 2012 election. It didn't work because citizens are so totally disgusted with the GOP extremists who seem to be calling the shots – including McConnell and Boehner. They are not listening to their constituents. Main stream Republicans would never agree to the tactics of the current Congress.

    February 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Carlin123

    Sometimes you have to let something break before you fix it. That's what's happening to America. It's being held together with chicken wire and duck tape. The people we elected to look out for us are working against us.
    Let it collapse. We can start again.

    February 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |

    The little people? Man, that's a little mind. He cares about America – that includes everyone. And Eastwood has more guts, integrity, and manhood in his little finger than Obama could ever hope to have.

    February 10, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Analystgirl

    Clint needs to stick to what he knows His rambling comments and thinly veiled contempt for the President remind me of Ronald Reagan when his onset of dementia became evident.

    February 10, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. DJ

    With the same people elected to Congress, election after election, does anyone expect anything to be different?

    February 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. VEW2012

    The only problem is Eastwood is talking out both sides of his mouth. Clint wants Congress to keep on pushing that right-wing Teaparty agenda which is unfortunately for the rest of American's the primary reason for the current gridlock.

    No...Clint we didn't want your extreme radical right-wing agenda so cut that out,start being reasonable, and maybe the holdup in Congress can move forward.

    February 10, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Anonymous


    Time to put the anti-Obama rhetoric on the back burner. Your party is going to need to get it together to make any progress going forward. What didn't work the first time around is not going to work this time around either.

    February 10, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. darth vader's daughter

    Yeah, Mr. Eastwood with his $375 million is also aware that their is back door banking for po tik gtifts which caused a fiscal clift and a tax raise for those who don't have $375 million in the bank. Personally I think he is stuck on million dollar baby and hasn't moved on. You might want to keep out of West S hore, Clint!

    February 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Jerry Hoefen

    Personlly clint would make great nomination in 2016 .Regan did it an he was great presdent.We need more people like clint who stands up for whats right ,evil florishes when good men stand idle . Exactly why where in present conditions too many people have twisted meaning freedom for their personl choices at expense of next generation. Next generation includes those who lost right to life by the way

    February 10, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    The back burner? He's beginning his second term – and with a pack of lies! This is the present we're dealing with. They played dirty and manipulated the masses. That's how they won. Dont' think the people will be this stupid again – especially when they have no health care and no jobs.

    February 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. hen na gaijin

    With Cantor, McConnell,Ryan and Paul running the show, and fueled by Hannity,Limbaugh and O Reilly,
    todays GOP would NEVER support Ronald Reagan. Even David Dukes is now a ' moderate '. Other than opposing
    weapons and magazine bans, the GOP is wrong on everything. Adios GOP

    February 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Military vet

    It's a shame to see someone I once admired so confused and out of touch. Like many Amercians, Clint Eastwood doesn't understand the root of the problem. Congress cannot get anything done because the Tea Party has brought government to a grinding halt. They refuse to focus on jobs, veterans issues, and a host of other things. There are enough Democrats and moderate Republicans in the house to overcome the Tea Party but Boehner refuses to allow any bills opposed by the Tea Party to come to the floor. Even thought the American people have spoken, the Tea Party & Boehner refuse to listen. We will have to waite for elections in 2014 before we can put the House in order.

    February 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Nikki

    "....And the leaders aren't stepping up." Leaders? What leaders? I don't see any true leaders in our government

    February 10, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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