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. Drina

    Tell it to your GOP pals, Clint. Or do they not deserve the snarky humor you had for our president?

    February 10, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  2. Tom

    21% approval rating yet we returned 91% of the incumbents back to Congress. The American voters are clearly some of the most out-of-touch people in the world.

    February 10, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  3. gangbusters

    Well well. Now you see what the rest of America saw. Clint's party doing what they do best. Nothing. I guess your speech to the chair "Made the Democrat's Day"

    February 10, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. Red Dog

    I'm sorry to disagree Mr. Eastwood. They do "give a damn" about one thing, and that's getting re-elected (so they can continue to sell their votes to the highest bidder). And the voters only care if they are on the receiving end of some sort of pork project pushed through by their legislators. The answer? Term limits. Just like the POTUS, members of Congress should only be allowed to serve 2 terms. No more making a career out of being in Congress. Two and you're through.

    February 10, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. Quentin Eichenauer

    He's got enough money to buy 535 empty chairs...

    February 10, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. ron koles

    "Dirty Harry" is trying very hard to keep is name in the news. All he is doing is further proving that dementia, etc is taking control. The old adage "any publicity is good publicity" appears to be appropos. The GOP should put him on the next Presidential ticket along with Sara Palen. Get back in GOP politics–this would be another excellent move for the Dems""

    February 10, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. Dave

    I believe that both sides of Congress gets that they have this mandate to represent us. What they don't get is that over 90% of us want compromise that will move the country forward, not the current stubbornness that is crippling us. You may be democrat or you may be replublican, but compromise from that viewpoint...don't just stick your head up your butt and demand your way or the highway. Without the middle ground that binds us together we are doomed to fall apart.

    February 10, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. PEB

    I don't give a continental darn about what you think, Clint.

    February 10, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. johnharry

    the only time congress can come together is when they are giving themselves a raise.

    February 10, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    He seems to overlook the fact, that Obama is firmly controlling the Senate, himself.

    Nothing good can happen, while Obama has control of the Senate.

    February 10, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  11. Mike Hunt

    So i guess the answer is we are supposed to have an all democrat government and there is no room for anyone that thinks differently? Well by definition when you hold intolerance towards anyone that has a different opinion than yours, then you are a bigot. Well if that's the case wouldn't bigotry extend beyond the stereotypical White Republicans everyone likes to bash? I mean its so bad now that I can't have fun with it anymore. I get as creeped out listening to Bill Maher as I do with some faux news nutjob like Hannity. Were losing our identity as Americans and our hearts are filled with too much anger. This is not some christian balogne i speak this is just truth. We no longer know how to behave and our leaders in congress are a direct reflection of us and what we expect. I can assure you, divided we will fall. Next time you hurl insults at a Democrat or a Republican think about what your saying and what you really stand for because this country wasn't just founded for one type of person or people who fall under one political group. If that's the case why do we even have a democracy? Why not have a dictatorship? Our politics will be our un doing. Again, Divided we fall.

    February 10, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  12. Pnut

    Stop shielding Obama by blaming this on Congress. His comments on CNBC were directed at DC, not Congress. Why does the president have Jay Carney when he has CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, NYTimes, etc...?

    February 10, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Mattski

    Conditions hasn't improved much? Seriously?

    February 10, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. Evelyn Connaway

    It was really strange seeing Clint Eastwood with a different face than the one he always showed in the movies. He was always for the underdog not the criminal and rich crooks. He was a good actor from Rawhide on down, as he made you feel he was for real, as a protector of all who were mistreated! While all the time he really was just acting. I no longer care to watch him.

    February 10, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  15. clarke

    Well Clint your figured out the empty chair, you thought it was Obama, but it is really congress.

    February 10, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  16. mark

    Wow he must have thought they where doing there job .when he did his empty chair routine at their convention

    February 10, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Actually, Clint, I don't give a damn what you think. Why don't you and McCain check into the Haha Hotel for a rest.

    February 10, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. Robert

    Mr. Eastwood is right! You guys obviously did not understand the "Empty chair" so I am sure you are not looking at the entire picture here. It seems so many just want to post a remark that is attempted sarcasim and not a suggestion or valid point to add to the above article. Our governement as a whole does not do anything so talking to them or telling them anything is just like talking to an empty chair. The lights are on but nobody's home!

    February 10, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  19. rich

    you lost Clint

    February 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. g

    but chairs and corporations and fence post are people in the republican bubble world

    February 10, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. fsulevine

    Well, after the shenanigans he pulled at the RNC, as far as I am concerned, Eastwood can spend the rest of his life f'ing himself.

    February 10, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. Fiddler

    Why would anybody "give a damn" what you think Clint?

    February 10, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. Reggie from LA

    It's like you said, Clint. If they're not doing their jobs, then they gotta go. Not exact quote, but close enough. Make MY day, Clint. Stop fronting for and voting in those "bad employees".

    February 10, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. LindaPP

    Clint Eastwood probably realizes now he should never have been a Republican. They are an embarrassing bunch. Lets' vote them ALL out in 2014! Or we will never see another thing done in the next 4 years...

    February 10, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. Pixie

    he is merely echoing what others say. Get born again and trust in God through Jesus! GO TELL Everyone.

    February 10, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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