August 31st, 2012
08:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Eastwood's inflated unemployment count

New York (CNNMoney) - Clint Eastwood's biting criticism of President Obama was a big hit with the crowd at the Republican National Convention. But his reading of the nation's unemployment situation missed by a wide margin.

Eastwood's speech on Thursday night mocked supporters of the president like Oprah Winfrey, who cried the night Obama was elected for years ago.

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  1. Yonni

    Fact doesn't matter he was at the GOP convention where they are anointing the man who is incapable of telling the truth, but his performance was utterly ridicules

    August 31, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    Maybe Clint should check the record for how many of President Obama's job bills have been blocked by the repugs.

    Check out the growth following the TARP bailout (opposed by repugs in Congress) and the Stimulus.

    Then note how progress halted when repugs got the ability to block Obama's agenda. Not that repugs have any interest in real facts.

    And then, check put how much of our debt is driven by the tax cuts that romney and company want to make permanent. With no known plan for spending cuts. Don't the voters want to know what they will have to give up to support these massive giveaways to the rich?

    August 31, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. hongli

    This is no surprise -- The Republicans are running the most dishonest campaign and Clint Eastwood looked like if he had just exited a strip club in Tampa Bay.

    August 31, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's interesting to read that Republicans are now having to defend their mystery guest. Eastwood made a mockery of himself, the Republican party, and President Obama. Whether or not he meant to include all three in his diatribe is debatable.

    August 31, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Jay

    I'm heartbroken that one of my favorite actors is a Republican. If you want to talk about the unemployment in this country Clint maybe you should have put another chair next to the empty chair and asked Bush why he didn't do more to stop the formation of the abyss that Obama brought us back from.

    Facts are facts Clint. If Bush wasn't such a disaster, (even his own brother is saying that Obama inherited a terrible situation), maybe Obama could have influenced employment more. If the Republicans hadn't adopted a complete obstacle stance Obama would have done better.

    That's the problem with Republicans. They create the problem, obstruct any real solutions, and then blame the guy?

    I just tossed my Eastwood movies.

    August 31, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |

    Clint ,you shouldn't lower yourself to represent these liers and tax cheats ,forget Ryan ,its his last parade !!!!

    August 31, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. dog1

    It's indeed unfortunate that the Republicans are so eager to USE people the way they do. They have token speakers like a SIKH leader who they trot out to speak even though most of the rightwingers and teabaggers will never be convinced he's not a Muslim no matter what. Then as a keynote they bring out a celebrity who is either just so rich all he wants is the tax breaks Mitt's promising or too deep into dementia that he doesn't remember it was the republicans that caused, and continue to cause, the unemployment Clint was whining about. And the worst part is that creating and maintaining unemployment is now intentional in order to get back into power and to create an American work force that will work for far less money than they really deserve. Mitt's plan: low pay for every working man and woman = higher profit for his friends!

    August 31, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Aiden

    It’s a big number whether it is 13 or 23 million and Obama owns it. Obama's top-down government model has not worked. He tried to order it up like fast food by taxing here, regulating more everywhere, and spending at great lengths but prosperity has not followed. Unlike many great leaders he does not seem to learn from mistakes so if we get him for another 4 years it’s just going to be more of the same – epic failure.

    August 31, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Hank

    Clint was just having a "senile senior moment" at Mitt's 3 day comedy show.

    August 31, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. CBR

    Clint Eastwood is an actor. His performance at the convention may not have been one of his best performances. Unfortunately, when Hollywood stars are given so much publicity before they even speak they tend to go too far.

    Mr. Eastwood knew his audience and some of his language might have been questionable. Definitely a sharp departure from the language Mr. Romney would use. Did he overshadow the man he is supporting?

    August 31, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Lisa P

    Clint Eastwood's speech merely highlights what the Republicans were doing for the entire convention, and what Romney keeps on doing in his campaign: arguing with an Obama who doesn't exist.

    The fair-minded among us will now have our chance to see the real Obama next week at the Democratic convention in Charlottesville, and to decide for ourselves who's telling the truth about his record. The close-minded, of course, "can't stand to even look at the guy" (I wonder why?) in the first place, so they'll stick to whatever lies they are told and loudly proclaim it to be truth. I believe most of us are better than that.

    August 31, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. CanadaONE

    somebody needs to comb his hair – he looks like to belongs in an old age home where someone can care for him

    August 31, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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