Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress
February 9th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
1 year 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. JohnRJohnson

    Mr. Eastwood, your little display of contempt for the President at the Republican Convention demonstrates the cause for the behavior you're so upset about. Thanks to people who share your hatred of President Obama, this is the least productive, lowest rated, and most obstructionist Congress since the Civil War. In short, Clint, you're part of the problem. You supported a man for president who had no plan and no realistic solutions. The only reason you supported him is because he wasn't Barack Obama. THAT kind of thinking is what has turned Congress into an international embarrassment.

    February 9, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Bobo

    Did he say this to 435 empty chairs?

    February 9, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. jon

    Who cares what he thinks??? I sure don't.

    February 9, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. LCSWquilter

    Does he really think electing more obstructionist Republicans is going to get rid of malaise in the Congress?

    February 9, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Observer

    Clint Eastwood is the personification of Republican hypocrisy. They constantly trash Hollywood celebrities, as long as they are Democrats.

    February 9, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. ElmerGantry

    How come Clint was using two teleprompters?

    Oh wait Obama using a TelePrompter = bad, any conservative using a TelePrompter = good.

    February 9, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. darth vader's daughter

    I have to hold my nose for this one since Mr. Eastwood is worth over $375 million and it is apparent that his stock is not all over the community in free rat presents such as cars, trucks, air conditioners, etc., etc. and the tax raise doesn't really hurt him much does it with $375 million in the bank.

    February 9, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Zwei Stein

    Clint...come next election, before you go into the voting booth, just ask your congressmen: "You feel lucky today?"

    February 9, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. agathokles

    And we should care what Eastwood thinks.... why?

    February 9, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Dutch2000

    There's nothing about national politics that makes any sense. Two terms of W where we alloyed most of the Bill of Rights to be trampled while spending went completely out of control...only to be followed by Obama who made W look like a fiscal conservative. And then we give Obama another 4 years based on what he did with the first 4? What we really need is a third choice.

    February 9, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Josh

    Try talking it out with an empty chair again.

    February 9, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Richard Burak

    Clint Eastwood is fortunate in that being a celebrity he is heard. The rest of the majority of this country who feel the same way about congress that Eastwood feels have not been heard and will not be heard. Democrat, Republican or whatever their party affiliation, they're supposed to represent their constituency not do what they feel is good for them and they do not represent anyone but those whose money they worship.

    February 9, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. buzz

    Was he talking to a roomful of empty chairs?

    February 9, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Uncle Teddy

    Congress is as attentive to their jobs as the CNN Political Unit is attentive to their grammar. The sixth paragraph should read " ..... conditions on Capitol Hill haven't improved much since....."

    February 9, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Dave

    Give Liberals time Clint. They will ultimately destroy the U.S economy and we'll be left to pick up the pieces. Look at the bright side. We let them turn the best health care in the world into the post office. I'm so inspired by the regime. So we'll just fly the most partisan President in U.S History around the Country pushing garbage to the American People. What a deal :)

    February 9, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. McBob79

    hes part of the 80% who don't approve. the news story would be to interview someone who approves.

    February 9, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Fredd Fezzo

    It sounds a lot to me, judging from the four above comments, that these people are blaming Clint for Congressional gridlock. Wake up, folks, and smell the coffee. Dirty Harry is about the last person to blame for this mess. How about we lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Republi-Pukes and the Dump-O-Crats! What we have in the beltway is a two party system that's fundamentally broken. It just doesn't work any more. We have one legislative branch, made up almost exclusively of the two parties, that can't get anything done. They're ALL at fault, people! Both parties are to blame for this mess because both parties can't agree to agree on anything except how to not get things done. You tell 'em, Clint. I'm with you, buddy!

    February 9, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Jerry Hoefen

    Reality check people need to be aware of how goverment spending tax dallors it borrows from our childrens future. All spending on capital goods should be limited to Made In USA including local an state an federal. Our congress seem content to spend beyond its means. We need to put people back to work an send strong message to corperate america if ya want to do bussness with goverment better be made in usa.

    February 9, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. ja

    congress on average is about self service most elected officials forget that they serve AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PEOPLE, BUT THE PEOPLE CONTINUALLY ELECT SELF SERVING INDIVIDUALS

    February 9, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. IMeanReally

    Well...at least he stood up in front of us all with everyone knowing who he is and put it out there. The rest of us wimps post nasty things on the internet while hiding behind made-up names. Gotta hand THAT to him. He has more guts than we do.

    February 9, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. bill1024

    It's Clint Eastwood – who gives a damn?

    February 9, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. T.

    Any one who talks to an empty chair..................

    February 9, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. oddjob3422

    Four derpish comments, with ncgreybr leading the way with a pesonal attack on Cllnt.

    February 9, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Bill

    It seems you folks just refuse to understand. Glad there are only four of you so far. The vast majority got it and, since you still haven't, it's not worth explaining. Instead of talking to a chair it would be like talking to a stone.

    February 9, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Darryl

    So judging from the other posts here, you all are satisfied with the job that they are doing? You must be the 21% the article makes mention of. Four people, 21%, close enough for me. Keep drinking that government subsidized kool-aid.

    February 9, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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