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. norker

    And which way should they lead? Four-fifths of America hates Congress, yet hardly any ever get voted out. And most of those who are, are voted out for being too moderate, replaced by someone even more dedicated to extreme party-line doctrine.

    The problem is that both parties have been fantastically successful at dividing us for their own self-interest. And we've gone along with it, for over two hundred years. To borrow a cry of the times, "Damn the political parties! Damn everyone that won't damn the political parties! Damn every one that won't put lights in his window and sit up all night damning the political parties!"

    February 10, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  2. Mary in AZ

    And some of us don't give a damn about what Clint Eastwood thinks and says. I used to love and respect more! He needs to go away...and that's not a Democrat or Republican opinion...just a neutral opinion.

    February 10, 2013 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  3. Johnny Yuma

    God Bless Clint Eastwood!! Now Thats A Patriot! Not Like You Spineless, Self Loathing, Loony Lefties! : D You Know Who You Are.

    February 10, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  4. North Dallas Don

    Please enlighten me. Why do I care how Clint Eastwood feels any more than I do my kids' teachers or my neighbor across the street?

    February 10, 2013 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  5. Get on with it

    I am not satisfied with his acting.

    Talk to an empty chair.

    February 10, 2013 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  6. Denise

    So Tony, Beardie, etal, do your comments then imply that you are satisfied with congress or are you just taking pot shots at Clint. I for one agree with him on his point. Congress is not doing their jobs and allowing partisanship and special interests rule, rather than working for the good of the entire country.

    February 10, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  7. Matt k

    Have u ppl ever heard of respecting ur elders!!!?? This man is a legend. And this is how us Americans should feel... Obama has not stepped up at all. Unless u mean spending billions of dollars our country does not have. Then ya he dug us a hole were never gettin out of and u retards still support it... But when China comes to collect the bill. And ur all eating rice with chop sticks ur gna b wishing we still had guns and ALL of our rights... If by then we even have any...

    February 10, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  8. Trumpdashian

    Clint Eastwood .. the chair whisperer.. Which Clint Eastwood are we talking to now.. you senile crusty old poof.. Why don't you just stick to staying out of the limelight .. you are just flogging your reputation even worse that when you chose to back this corrupted GOP.. after backing Obama with an auto commercial at the Superbowl..

    February 10, 2013 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  9. Dave in Arizona

    The Republican party is in too much disarray to do anything but act like they've always acted: obstruct everything the other party wants to do.

    February 10, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  10. Wes

    Mr. Eastwood is finally waking up to the reality of what the rest of us have known for too long. I believe he is napping well into his golden years. I saw him sitting in with the press at the PGA Pro-Am tournament and he seems to be looking for an empty chair. It is time for the insignificant but well healed to confine their opinions to an area of interest that tolerates their minimal competence and latent commentary. Clint Eastwood should enjoy the sunset and venture no further. Tempis passe.

    February 10, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  11. Morgan

    According to the comments 79% of the people who were polled are WRONG!

    I sure am glad the people commenting on this post are smarter then the 79%.


    February 10, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  12. Peter Q Wolfe

    Why do we feel the need to demonize others of the opposite political persuasion than ourselves? Can't we all as Americans get the table and compromise on anything anymore? Seriously this is all ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. There is a Cnn poll that links to Eastwood's opinions that are shared by most americans not the liberal or conservative bent. Personally I worry about the future cause of being on SSI because of my blindness and would have less waking nights to worry with than these deficit talks.

    February 10, 2013 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  13. Rob

    As usual the Libs come out name calling but ther fact of the matter is Congress is still broken along with the White House lies from Bangazi ti Obamacare. Sorry Lib, but all your name calling won't change the fact that your King is a lousy president and Congress is inept. But as long as you get your welfare check, your ok with it. Truely a sad group of people. Never an explanation, just name calling and blaming other for all their failures

    February 10, 2013 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  14. normw

    Clint is right on the money; all incumbents should have been voted out in Nov. But the real problem is the idiots with the entitlement attitude, who keep voting these fools back into office. Until that changes, conditions in the US can only go from bad to worse. People seem incapable of objective thinking these days.

    February 10, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  15. fernace

    Well, Clint, now you understand how so many of us feel about the past 4 years! Nothing but obstruction, gridlock & inaction! It affects us on a personal & financial level you don't have to be privvy to, as well! May I suggest a YouTube release of you, an empty stage, a chair & a serious rant to the invisible congress! Put all your dissatisfaction, disgruntledness & disillusion into it! Americans who feel the same will back you!!

    February 10, 2013 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  16. joesmith

    never ceases to amaze..535 elected officials, ( who WE vpted for, and entrusted our money too ), over spent by $16 TRILLION, and now expect US to pay more for their mismanagement, and slide a pay raise for themselves in to boot..just how stupid are we..the new taxes are only going to provide $60 billion to the that rate, kiss what we used to know about America good by..trem limits/balanced amendments are in order..

    February 10, 2013 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  17. Basher

    80% plus of the represented populace agrees with him yet the four id1ots who commented before me call him a lunatic. Four empty heads to go with Mr. Eastwood's empty chair.

    February 10, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  18. Vader

    "- the election's over, we should be moving ahead. And the leaders aren't stepping up."

    True dat.

    February 10, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  19. chuckles

    Everyone likes to point fingers at the freak in the big show, but what the public doesn't realize is that the freak sees the public every day and still holds firm that the public is who really needs the help, not himself.

    February 10, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  20. Mikie

    It's just so bad when actors turn political. I mean Eastwood has had a lot of airtime for a guy with no real message. And don't get me started on that buffoon Reagan. I was at a meeting in London with managers from all over Europe and they offered the opinion that we just have to stop electing cowboys and actors as President.

    February 10, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  21. Marita

    I dont see anything wrong with his comments, what he said is true! – @Marita.

    February 10, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  22. DENNA

    Who the heck cares what Eastwood thinks. He is a fine actor and and a great producer, but his foolish old-world view of America is outdated.

    February 10, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  23. bankrupt1

    I think he's an incredible director.

    February 10, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  24. sick of republican phonies

    Clint- get 435 empty chairs and talk to them!

    February 10, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    Put congress in THAT empty chair.

    February 10, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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