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. Molly Brown

    The epiphany: Leadership is there, just not the way one would expect. Our government is supposed to be a democratic hybrid of a republic, the reality is that those leaders are proxies for an aristocracy with those leaders themselves belonging to the aristocracy. Why would those leaders support concepts that would hurt themselves financially in a financial crisis analogous to the Titanic disaster?

    February 9, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Allen t

    I don't care what your politics are at this point there's not much leading going on. They are all to occupied getting their names in the spotlight. They're missing what's called a work ethic. That goes for the Senate and White House. They spend too much time rehashing petty items, which talk radio and tv news stations immerse their souls in to sell air time. This is truly an easy fix, but they have to roll up their sleeves and work, and knock off the sidebar circus. This is America and we can do it all. We are positive, we are hard working, we are diligent, we are creative. It high time everyone toss aside the childish polarizing opinions for that's all they are just opinions. They accomplish little. The one question is...what is good for all of us in this country. There really is a happy medium, so they should quit embarrassing themselves.

    February 9, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. gggg

    I agree with Clint on this. And it won't change until we ALL accept that OUR congress person is part of the problem and vote the dork(ette) out of office. We each need to vote for someone who is NOT our current congress person. Only when each congress thing believes they may be voted out of office it there is gridlock of any form will they fight to end the grid lock and begin to govern again. They don't give a hoot about the country. Only their own stupid party. Both of which have totally stupid and rotted platforms. Next election do NOT support your current congress person.

    February 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Ione

    Open your eyes Eastwood and recognize that the Republicans are behaving the exactly the same as they did during the previous 4 years of the Obama administration. They forestall any meaningful legislation, feeling that eventually they will be in a position to craft their own moronic
    Hopefully, Clinton, Biden or another in 4 years will be able to again put the brakes on such. While pathetic, it is also amusing to watch the Republicans toss and turn.

    February 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Charles Homme

    Nice to see Democrats have nothing constructive to add to this conversation. How about addressing the out of control spending? You people have had control for over four years(two of which you had complete control) yet all you can do is point fingers and refuse to pass budgets. Balanced approach? How about simply explain an approach? You have none.
    Record unemployment and $5 trillion in deficit spending later you're as empty as the chair Clint was using as a prop.

    February 9, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. vernon

    Who cares at this point what eastwood thinks. gun control is on the table as there are too many avoidable deaths thru lack of gun control.

    February 9, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. John Conners

    If you don't like the Congress then why the hell do you continue to elect the morons. Same one's, talking the same lame BS. Much like Dirty Harry talking to a empty chair. I think the old geezer has gone off the deep end.

    February 9, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Indyswimmer66

    Get a [weird] chair, Clint.

    February 9, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Smarterest Human

    Is he yelling at all the chairs?

    February 9, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Connie

    Congress needs to wake up and do their job. It seems they are only interesting in doing anything to stop the Obama administration. The Republicans need to wake up and realize that the elecection is OVER and Obama won and they need to do the job they were elected to do. I will not vote for any encumbants in the coming elections whether they are primary of general. The whole darn bunch need to be replaced with candidates that will do the job they are sent to Washington to do and to get over the partison nonsense that is not accomplishing anything for the American people and bringing down the respect of the other Nations have (or had) for the US.

    February 9, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Dave

    Go ahead Democrats and blow as much money as you can. Put the USA into a debt that it can never recover from. Obama will just devalue the dollar by a 10 to 1 ratio and our 20 Tillion debt will be paid off with only 2 Trillion new Obama dollars. Of course our $1000 savings just became a hundred of the new Obama dollars. Oh well. Yup, the democrats are such wonderful leaders. We need more of them to drive us to the poor house quicker.

    February 9, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. TexasAnnie

    So Clint, maybe you should direct your ire at Boehner, Graham,, Ryan, Cantor,& the rest of your Republican friends who would rather throw up roadblocks than look for some kind of compromise. If Obama supports something, they automatically oppose it, no matter what. They act like a bunch of whiney little kids...

    February 9, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Bob

    Can we have a vote of no confidence?

    February 9, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Violet Weed

    Clint Eastwood is not 'senile', and he did not give a 'rambling' speech... he gave a hellofa speech that cut deep. You idiots who voted, revoted, revived your dead relatives and had them vote, and who know the election was fraudulent are stupid lazy people who don't understand what life is about. I have a great deal of disdain for you m o r o n s. You get what you deserve, a third-world usa.

    February 9, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. KRL

    Americans are frustrated with Congress. The GOP is too stubborn to compromise. Things have been stuck in the "NO" zone ever since President Obama won the Presidential Election in 2008. Didn't this past election teach the GOP a lesson about ignoring the 47% of Americans who elected Obama for a second term? And now they are parading Rubio around like he is going to make everything okay with the minorities of our country. Wrong....we see Rubio as the "token Hispanic trophy" for the GOP. They could care less what Rubio says as long as he's Hispanic and is against President Obama...To Rubio: Dude you are getting used and abused by the GOP..most of them didn't even know who you were until a month ago...

    February 9, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Gary

    _______________ isn't satisfied with Congress.
    (fill in the blank)

    February 9, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Eastwood is so upset with the gridlock in congress, he should have a talk with his own party of no, who have done absolutely nothing, but block everything in their path since the 2010 elections.

    February 9, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. rastah

    Leave Clint alone Or I WILL HAVE 2 GO AHEAD & MESS UP UR DAY!

    February 9, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. HenryB

    And you, Mr. Eastwood, are in bed with these fools. You, sir, share the blame just like the other people who continue to vote for people who only know how to obstruct. Speak directly to the voters who are responsible for this madness (and they are not the Democratic voters who are cowards).

    February 9, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Working Class

    Clint is dead on. Congress does not care. It's about debate, politics and process. Get a Life all of you get the job done. That's the era Clint grew up in, that's the era I witnessed my late father. There were far less problems back then in a far more simpler world than today.

    February 9, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. AKknight

    A CNN story without base, comments without reason. He stated the obvious, and the comments want to paint HIM as suspect? Hios empty chair speech was GENIUS and now we are seeing the sequel, no leadership, congress without direction, recession inevitable so yeah, let's give amnesty to 11 million MORE SO THEY CAN ELECT their own president next time around. The I am certain we'll see progress.

    February 9, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. cynthia

    GOP leaders are not stepping up, except to put their collective egos up as a wall to prevent any legitimate dialogue or productive action. Just keep doing the same old '', regardless of the benefits to listening and cooperating. Tell the Tea Party and the other selfish, self-absorbed hypocrites on the right to step up. Who are they selfish, etc?: are collecting social security and medicare, two socialist entitlements, that they haven't fully funded with their paycheck deductions, many never working outside the home so never contributed a dime; are adamant in their opposition to the others who are most vulnerable receiving critical, life saving medical care, children, women with life-threatening illnesses...but they sure do fight to keep their 'male enhancement aids' paid for by taxpayers; their platform is riddled with hypocracy, lower taxes, eliminate debt and deficit spending, while their entitlements are one of the most expensive, free market translation, no requirements for business to operate safely and by laws that protect consumers; the Constitution, this is very laughable since they fight tooth and nail to deprive the rest of us with some basics – especially the First Amendment – religious extremism, free speech, etc. Tea Party legislatures are the most obstructive and least accommodating in congress, fighting any attempt to do what is best or wanted by the majority.

    February 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Rick Raff

    "Republicans wish there was an empty podium to go with the empty chair. But that would have upstaged Romney too."


    February 9, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Tychi

    "21% approved " That has to be a little high. Like 20% too high. Only the top 1% likes Congress.

    February 9, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Tullymd

    So congress approval rating has doubled in one year! Who are these few people who approve of congress?

    February 9, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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