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. tom

    clint should go there and speak his mind

    February 10, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. BobW

    gridlock is a beautiful thing.

    February 10, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Anonymous


    Whatever gets you to sleep at night. I am more concerned about your party which is headed for extinction. Be my guest and keep the rhetoric going. It's no skin off my back, I have no dog in your show.

    February 10, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Bennycat

    I'm not surprised Clint is still talking. I'm surprised anyone in the media is still listening.

    February 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Bennycat

    And, BTW, all those who care what an aging Hollywood actor with a lot of blots on his personal copybook thinks of Congress, raise your hands.

    February 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    Your argument could apply to most of hollywood who support Obama – except they don't have the wisdom of this man – you people have an unbelieveable double standard.

    February 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Dan in Michigan

    Our nation was founded to protect the rights of the minority against the tyranny of the majority. With a (claimed) national debt of 16T, perhaps a Congress standing around doing nothing is the best thing. Really, we could save some money if they only convened 1 out of every 4 years.

    February 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. rs

    Mr. Eastwood- pretty nervy to complain about Congress when you supported the party that seems interested only in taking away women's reproductive rights (and then punishing them for having children, wanted or otherwise), and a Senate that has set records for obstruction by the minority.

    And now you are disappointed? This is what you get when you vote GOP/TP.

    February 10, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. slambo49

    The reasons no leaders are showing is because there are no leaders................

    February 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. slambo49

    Vote against incumbency and help save a nation and a constitution that was founded by God fearing people.

    February 10, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Larry L


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

    I've never met a single person who believes Congress is doing a good job. I suppose if I knew more Tea Party types who are dedicated to obstruction of progress they'd contribute to the 21%.

    February 10, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Stu

    Clint is also upset at the squirrels on his lawn.

    February 10, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Seattle Sue

    Is Mr. Walker upset with all of congress, or just the Democratic side? My guess is the Democratic side.

    February 10, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. JPJP

    How can you even listen to a guy that talks to empty chairs. A sign of senility, I would say.

    February 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Charlie

    Obama won! The people have spoken. Get over it repubs and work with him. Don't block every proposal.

    February 10, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Clint Easwtwood- who the fuck is that?

    I'm 20 yrs old, and only know that Clint eastwood is a very old actor and that's it. I could not care less what this dinosaur thinks about congress or anything else. The future is not his, it's mine.

    February 10, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Candice

    It is so nice to see everyone still pretending that their opinion is relevant. It's even nicer to see everyone's simple solution to problems that run much deeper than party rhetoric. If you're still playing the my party can beat up your party game, you are clueless and do not understand the world as much as you think; and, if your posting your opinion to the internet thinking you can change somebody's mind, you are stupid. Myself included. Most of the party line rhetoric is from the underinformed who have no clue how the political process works; so we can breathe a heavy sigh to learn that they do not have any hand in these decisions; but they do keep messing up my order at ther drive through. Oh, heavens, was that a class joke? Yes, it was.

    February 10, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. bjnj

    We must GRIP. Get rid of incumbent politicians. I realize a few good ones would go but congress must learn.


    February 10, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. PuzzledInPeoria

    As I was telling my empty chair just the other day, it's too bad we can't have term limits for Congress, since their failing job performance means absolutely nothing to voters.

    February 10, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. maine liberal

    just where have they been for the last two years

    February 10, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Larry L


    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.
    Your "well-regulated militia" has been giving you bad advice. The post-Revolution America was built on abundant resources, tremendous steel, timber, oil and coal reserves, an growing immigrant labor pool (plus slaves), limitless land, and geographical isolation. We evolved from an agrarian society, to a powerful military/manufacturing nation, to a technology giant, and now – to a country making a living out of selling goods to each other. A complete economic collapse would quickly reduce America into a second or third world nation – replaced by those willing and able to transition with changing times. Most of the factors that allowed our initial rise to power have now been significantly moderated to make a return to first world status quite unlikely – should we allow ourselves to fall. Add global climate change to the mix and we'd likely see America never pull out of a deep depression. Look at history.

    February 10, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Jeff

    We need to vote out the Democrats and the Republicans come next election. We need a third choice. Has anything really changed from Bush to Obama? It seems like the same slippery slop to me... We keep losing our freedoms. Only problem is.... They have Americans stuck on these non issues like gay marriage and illegal immigration instead of what the federal government is really there for (financial responsibility!!!). You want to tackle gay marriage? fine, but don't make it a priority... The marriage tax breaks are there to encourage a growing population which gays have an extremely hard to accomplishing. You want to tackle immigration? Well, we have a system in place. Instead of making it a hot topic just increase the number of applications accepted every year and open up countries that have been blocked due to the number of illegals coming over. Problem solved. Now stop taking 1/3 of my income in taxes for ridiculous policies!

    February 10, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Rosslaw

    Talk to the chair.

    February 10, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    Oh please. Is Clint not happy that he made a total fool of himself? Who cares what this guy has to say.

    February 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Gregory L. Faith

    Clint, get your throat fixed and run for public office AGAIN/! This time drop Freekenstein and take her place. PLEASE!!!

    February 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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