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. CTYank

    With all the Tea-Pots running amok, lobbing grenades of arrogant ignorance, and Boehner in fear ot them, what were you expecting of the Speaker? To allow bi-partisan bills to see a vote? Really!

    He's watching Cantor carefully in his mirror- little weasel.

    February 9, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. labman57

    Any truth to the rumor that Clint was seen berating and mocking a room filled with 535 empty chairs recently?

    February 9, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. tony

    We need national elections for at least one house, instead of fixed gerrymandered districts. This isn't 50 countries anymore.

    February 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Paul

    I'd like to know whether when they do these polls – that they don't ask 3 questions instead of what appears to be one...

    1. Do you believe that Congress is doing a good job?
    2 Are the Republican Congressional members doing a good job?
    3.Are the Democratic Congressional members doing a good job?

    Why lump Congress altogether – difficult to tease out any opinion details.

    February 9, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Emilio

    Clint Eastwood is quite right; the people we have elected to do the job of running the government are doing what their paymasters want, and that is to transform the US into the image of our Third World, Mexico. The plutocrats who control every aspect of our lives have determined that we have been given too much freedoms and choices that they now wish to curtail thus forcing us into Fascist purgatory. It has worked to the advantage of the Mexican aristocracy and our newly minted aristocracy would like to have the same thing here. Their shortsightedness is truly astounding and when the proverbial does hit the fan they'll have no one but themselves to blame. The French no longer have a monarchy because they failed to accept that when people have nothing else to lose they will act in ways reminiscent of crazy vengeful mobs who'll destroy everything. Our burgeoning aristocracy should remember the lessons of the past and stop squeezing those who have less to lose each passing day.

    February 9, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Kansas Slim

    Hey, Clint, why don't you tell this to the only people who still listen to you: your old white buddies on the Republican side of the aisle. Tell 'em to start working for the country instead of just posturing for their Tea Party/corporate friends. Make yourself useful Clint.

    February 9, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Yeoomala

    Talk to the chair!

    February 9, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. ted

    Did you just wake up from your nap to find out that Congress doesn't care, you old fool? We all have known that and no we are not satisfied. Unfortunately, ignorant people keep electing the same useless politicians every two years for the Congress and six years for the Senate. The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over., expecting a different result. So Clint, now that you have had your tantrum, what do you suggest?

    February 9, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. hank

    Why don't you idiots read the transcript of what Clint Eastwood said at the convention? You people are so afraid of losing your power that you would let the President of the United States kill people randomly with drones and not protest against that horror? Clint Eastwood is ten times smarter than that lunatic Obama thats for sure.

    February 9, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Jay

    Congress (both D and R) is comprised entirely of well-to-do men and women who have absolutely *no* connection to what the average American deals with on a day-to-day basis. They only have enough charisma, money, and yes-men to create an impression that *looks* like they know and sympathize with what the average American deals with.

    They legislate from that position and lack of perspective, and exist only to:

    *Maintain their wealth and status
    *Ensure they're re-elected for another term
    *Perpetuation of the political system, as broken and corrupt as it is, so that they retain their power over the populace.

    Heck, you could probably apply this description to all three branches of government, never mind limiting it to simply the Legislative branch

    February 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. DocHollywood

    They care as much about their jobs as you cared about that speech at the republican convention. You didn't take your opportunity seriously then, and they don't take their opportunity serious now. Hey, you guys are a fit for each other.

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

    Well, Congress is not is session now since it is the weekend. Why doesn't he go in and talk to their chairs and see if he can talk some sense into them?

    February 9, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Ozzy Ventura

    Amen to that. We totally agree.

    February 9, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Edge

    Ironic, that he helps to sustain, and maybe even expand the void between the r & d parties with his empty chair rant, and then complaines about the results of that sort of actions. Maybe senility is finally catching up with Dirty Harry.

    February 9, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Mary Ann

    Clint must be spending time with McCain,another crazy old republican male.He doesn't realize no one gives a damm about anything he has to say.

    February 9, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. jdun

    Clint should be playing in the Pebble Beach tournament this week. But, he is not wrong about congress or the election. They just won't talk to the black guy, that's all. Maybe they will meet with Biden or some other white guy to solve the nations problems.

    February 9, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. vs101

    Clint now wonders why the congress don't want to do anything? He supported the candidate who was a willing pawn of the same obstructionist losers that still hold a majority in the house. Senility either finally set in or he is trying to walk away from the thugs he once supported.

    February 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. bill

    I'm confused, so is Clint Eastwood upset with Congress or is it the Empty Chair, which one is doing the talking here?

    February 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Terry

    Perhaps Clint should talk to a chair about it. Some thought it funny, I found it lacking in comedy. He could have really made his point as an intelligent man. The chair changed many opinions of Mr. Eastwood. Some good, many negatively.

    February 9, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. Kris

    Time for bed Clint.

    February 9, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Lea S

    Who cares who said it? He isn't singling out one party or another anyway. Congress (Democrats, Republicans, you name it) really doesn't care. If you didn't know that, you've been living under a rock for at least 20+ years.

    February 9, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. bear

    There must be more important things to talk about, like who is D trump suing this weekend,

    February 9, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. jerseylou

    Eastwood,sorry but i can never watch another movie of yours,because of your conversation with a chair.

    February 9, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. Richard

    Only a liberal could excuse this Congress.

    February 9, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Tony

    You're not alone Mr. Eastwood. Millions and millions and millions of us feel the same as you.

    February 9, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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