Obama takes his seat
August 31st, 2012
11:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama takes his seat

(CNN) – The Obama campaign offered a pointed comeback to Clint Eastwood's Republican National Convention chair sketch Thursday night tweeting, "This seat's taken" along with a picture of Obama in his Cabinet Room chair with a plaque inscribed: "The President."

Clint Eastwood was revealed as the GOP convention's "mystery guest" Thursday prior to the evening's prime time rundown and following media speculation of the schedule's empty slot. Eastwood's speech drew laughs, criticism and blank stares as he conversed with an empty chair placed on stage next to the podium. Eastwood, addressing an unseen President Barack Obama, condemned the incumbent for his ineffective policies, railing on his campaign's political tactics and handing a star studded endorsement to Thursday's intended focus, Mitt Romney.

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Naturally, the notorious actor and director's speech sent the Twitter-verse reeling.

It wasn't long before Obama's campaign joined in the Twitter banter and jumped on Eastwood's seemingly unscripted speech, tweeting the picture of the commander in chief in his official chair.

And it wasn't long before that photo prompted a response.

Friday afternoon, the National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted, "This seat's not," accompanied with a picture of an identical (but empty) chair facing the words "White House Jobs Council."

"It's been over 227 days since President Obama has met with his job's council," read the text on a webpage linked from the NRSC tweet. "Add to that the over 1,200 days since Senate Democrats have passed a budget and it is no wonder we are facing an unprecedented jobs and debt crisis."

Of course, both tweets included links to the respective campaigns' websites - the Obama campaign page sought a donation, while the NRSC page asked visitors to sign a digital petition.

soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Yeah, we know all he does is sit there for photo ops. It would have been nice if he had actually accomplished something over these last 4 years besides lowering his golf handicap.

    August 31, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Clint Eastwood supports gay marriage, the environment, abortion rights ... sounds like a RINO to me ...

    August 31, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    I give the gold medal (lsts remember that the flip flopper "saved" the Olympics with tax payer money) to the chair because it looked more alive than the wooden bully bishop!
    Poor east wood, on the other hand, sounded old and a bit distracted and out of it.
    It seems that every the bulky bishop can claim as "business" is always about somebody else's money but he comes out with a suitcase full of it (literally)

    August 31, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Obama is not all there.

    August 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. ObjectiveGuy

    The seat has had many different occupants. That's for the voters to decide; Obama doesn't get to decide that gets to keep the seat, just because he wants it. My sense is that the voters DO want a change, and that will be made very clear in November. That's the beauty of deomocracy!

    August 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Aiden

    Keep the seat warm for Romney. We are getting a new resident soon who will not be a fast talking observer like Obama but a leader that will take action.

    August 31, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    Ann can stop drape shopping. The First Fam isn't going anywhere.

    August 31, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Mary

    Nice from DNC – a seat that will never be occupied by Clint (no offense) and Romney the tax evader, overseas job creator & liar.

    August 31, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Jerry

    It will take a lot of elbow grease to make that chair sparkle again after Obamalooney sat on it.


    Clint, you have been lambasted by the Obamaloonies; but you have definitely "MADE MY DAY."

    PLEASE, continue to tell lit like it is.


    August 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. WiredWeirdinSF

    He did not build that, just like he did not earn the Nobel Peace Prize, it was given to him by the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unions.

    It will be interesting to contrast the Political Tickers coverage of the Republican Convention with the democrat liberal one. I hear the CNN Fact Check will be on vacation during that time attending the convention as a delegate.

    August 31, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Tony

    Obama and Democrats can respond to Eastwood's "empty chair" sketch with an "empty table" ad. Republicans are all talk, yet they refuse to come to the table on anything (health care, debt ceiling, jobs plan, and so on). No, cutting taxes is not a jobs plan, not if people like Romney can just keep the money or stash it in overseas accounts.

    August 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. OnceGreatNation

    Obama: Vice President Biden have you seen our budget?
    Biden: No Mr. President
    Obama: Maybe Pelosi has it?
    Biden: No, she doesnt read anything we put out.
    Obama: OK, well just keep spending anyway..
    Biden: Of course Mr. President

    August 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. gurgyl

    Mitt Robme is another Ferdinand Marco from Phillipenes., ...o.k, He steals and stashes in SWISS Bank...Watch out. Cayman Island, Bankrupt this nation....o.k,

    August 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Darryl

    It's a shame the Republican Party got Clint Easwood to get up on stage and have such disrespect for the POTUS. This is NOT what we need to remeber Eastwood for closeing out the last years of his life for. The Republican will go to any lenghts to try to make the POTUS a 1 term President at ALL & ANY cost even the demise of Clint Eastwoods great carees in Showbussiness. Too bad they went this far, it is inexcuseable and they should be ashamed. Unfortunately they could care less about Mr. Eastwoods respected life long career in the end GAME they play.

    August 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. RationalOne

    Obama has accomplished significant things. He would have accomplished more if not for the Republican foot dragging and basically declaring an all out war on him.

    I'm sure this was a plan from the beginning. Some RNC strategists somewhere thought to themselves just under 4 years ago if we do everything we can to delay him over the next 4 years we can rail against him during the next election for not getting anything done!

    August 31, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Name

    Mitt and ryan aint go nowhere they better find or wait another 4 years

    August 31, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. RNC's movie moment: 'Empty Chair vs. Warm Stool' featuring Batty Harry!

    And by God's will, and with help from middle America, the chair will remain taken by it's current occupant.

    Go President O!

    August 31, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. JD

    Why did they put him up there like that to make a fool of himself, specially in his advance age!

    August 31, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. John

    It is almost funny to hear republicans complain about the not getting anything done or the debt. They prtend if they never ask why, no one else will either. If you are against big spending, big government, wealth redistribution and kropny capitolism, no party has come close to the modern day republican party for all of that. Returning to those same policies and same empty promises will just get more war, more debt, more government and destroy the middle class. Just as they did under the last Republican administration!

    August 31, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    McConnell: Well John, we sure got our chops busted in 2008 !
    Boehner: Sure did Mitch. What do we do now?
    McConnell: Well John, we publicy announce that our goal over the next four years is to make Obama a single term President.
    Boehner: Sounds good Mitch. We'll add Defense spending and anti-abortion riders to EVERY piece of legislation we introduce. The Dem's will never accept it and veto in the Senate.
    McConnell: Absolutely! We can then blame Obama for our own failings. We can do nothing to help the shambles we let Dubya leave the economy in, and blame Obama for the cost of fixing it! And think Johnny Boy... we can still retire at full pension and full medical coverage. We're home free and it will ALL be Obama's fault!

    August 31, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Max

    Bizarre Behavior? YES

    YES this is a very bizarre behavior on the platform of a presidential campaign. It really cast a gloomy cloud over the overall message of the convention. This is very unfortunate, however' it is a stark reflection of how desperate Romney is to get elected, doing anything...even something as bizarre as what Clintwood did. I can understand his age is getting to him, I can understand him going back to his dirty harry days...being dirty.

    This, however, is NOT the time to poke fun or go backwards. This must be FORWARD MARCH and Barrack Obama is on the right tract. Disaffected voters now have more disdain for the exclusive republican party.

    Bizarre? YES...CERTAINLY!!! So is Mitt Romney.

    August 31, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Yonni

    The rightful place for the president who saved the nation from the brink of economic collapse and who restore American position in the world. Who with his commanding leadership mercilessly disseminate the al-Qaida and their prim leader from the face of the earth.

    August 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    Dirty Harry was looking for his marbles, methinks.

    August 31, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. TY

    Some of you are sick, maybe you just want attention. This is Obama seat and it will be for the next 4 years. Don't vote against you own interest just because you don't like Obama..............I don't like my boss but I have to do what I have to do.................plus I know that my boss is for his employees, but I don't like him because of the skin color............

    August 31, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. lb

    It's sad, in Romney's speech, no mention of our troops. No recognition, what a good job they've done or anything. This man is truly about himself. How are you going to mention the war and not mention our troops. PATHETIC. Is this what americans want???

    August 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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