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. Lizzie

    Bophop, you have to spell it out for the democrats and liberals, besides they don't read, they need pictures.

    August 31, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. pditty

    How did Clint do a speech without a teleprompter. didn't think it was possible.

    August 31, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. JenA

    Yeah, I mean, I loved Clint in his heyday, but he seems to have gone down the foggy old geezer road and no one wants to point it out to him. Just depressing to see the disrespect he showed for the President. I would have said the same for George Bush, even though I was not a fan of his policies. I'll never look at Clint quite the same way again.

    August 31, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. bst

    I thought Clint was funny! I loved it! I think Obama is getting a little nervous and when he's nervous he's very un-presidential!

    August 31, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Bob Page

    Eastwood is an Actor with a similar Ego. "He, didn't make my day"

    August 31, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. steve-0

    We love Hollywood now!! This senile old man has ignited the deep love Repubicans have for Hollywood. All of a sudden Hollywood is not so evil anymore. Wait til Eastwood notices that his diaper is soiled and he asks 'what did I say??'

    August 31, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Clint, Wa.

    Is Clint Eastwood really, I mean really a Republican, or a Democrat in disguise?
    Are you sure, I mean are you really sure.

    August 31, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Thor4

    Actually Eastwood made a complete fool of himself and Romney and Co. Romney should not have allowed Eastwood's stupidity and should have had the guts – yes guts to have told Eastwood to leave the stage and apologised for Eastwoods behaviour.

    Romney and Ryan are definately not White House material.

    August 31, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. gthog61

    so easy to tweak a narcissist, just laugh at them

    August 31, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Really?

    Yep, there's our president – with his back to the Americam people.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    August 31, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Ted Striker

    WOW, Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite actors ever but this was terrible. Did he really just use a slit throat gesture too? That's disgraceful. He was very inspiring with his super bowl commercial but this was terrible, and I thought he said he didn't want his commercial to be political but whatever.

    August 31, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Intruth24

    Messiah The President has been so ineffective that he has reigned over 28 consecutive months of economic growth. This after being handed the WORST economic turn down since the great depression from an inept republican president and republican congress. And having to battle opposition from republicans at every turn, and dealing with failed european economies negatively effecting world economic growth, because they are following similiar policies republicans are expousing. Now you want to put Romney in there, who will lead back to the same FAILED economic policies, that lead us to the worst economic turn down since the 1930s. Yeah real brillant!

    August 31, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. rphipps

    How can a actor of Eastwood's stature act so immature and foolish. A total lack of respect for any President of the USA. Hang your head Clint.

    August 31, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. sgurdog

    So the GOP wants to put an empty suit in the chair and expect that to work? LOL, what a wonderful idea, except, the part about white southern men swallowing their pride to vote for a yankee mormon. I just don't see the energy for that one.

    August 31, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Fredie

    Clint really made a fool out of himself. Not sure was it due to his age or he was always that stupid.
    Shame on you Clint, shame on you idiot.

    August 31, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Omar Dice

    Bills blocked by Republican­­­s.

    A short List: Incomplete­­­. VERY INCOMPLETE

    HR 12 – PaycheckFa­­irnessAct
    H.R. 320 - CJ’sHomePr­­otectionA­c­t
    H.R. 448 - ElderAbuse­­VictimsAc­t
    H.R. 466 – WoundedVet­­eranJobSe­c­urityAct
    H.R. 515 – Radioactiv­­­eImportD­e­terrence­Ac­t
    H.R. 577 – VisionCare orKidsAct
    H.R. 985 - FreeFlowof­­Informati­o­­nAct
    H.R. 1110 – PHONEActan­­d H.R. 1258 – TheTruthin­­CallerIDA­c­t
    H.R. 1168 - VeteransRe­­trainingA­c­t
    H.R. 1171 – HomelessVe­­teransRei­n­tegrat­i­on­Program­Rea­uthori­z­at­ion
    H.R. 1172 - RequiringL­­ist on VAWebsite of Organizati­­­onsProvi­d­ing
    H.R. 1262, WaterQuali­­ty Investment­­Act
    H.R. 1469 – ChildProte­­ctionImpr­o­vemen­ts­Ac­t
    H.R. 1514 – Juvenile Accountabi­­­lity Block Grants Program Reauthoriz­­­ation Act
    H.R. 1580 – Electronic Waste Research and Developmen­­­t Act
    H.R. 1585 - FIT Kids Act
    H.R. 1617 – Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer
    Act. To install an office to guarantee privacy of citizens
    H.R. 1622 – Research and Developmen­­­t Programs for Natural Gas Vehicles
    H.R. 1727 - Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act
    H.R. 1796 – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
    H.R. 1803 - Veterans Business Center Act
    H.R. 1875 - End the Trade Deficit Act <---
    H.R. 1933 – A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act
    H.R. 2093 – Clean Coastal Environmen­­­t and Public Health Act
    H.R. 2142 – Government Efficiency­­­, Effectiven­­­ess, and Performanc­­­e
    Improvemen­­­t Act
    H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entreprene­­­urship Act
    H.R. 2454 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
    H.R. 2554 – National Associatio­­­n of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act
    H.R. 2664 – Promoting Transparen­­­cy in Financial Reporting Act
    H.R. 2693 – Oil Pollution Research and Developmen­­­t Program Reauthoriz­­­ation Act
    H.R. 2749 - Food Safety Enhancemen­­­t

    August 31, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. sgurdog

    For all of those with very short term memory problems, the nation was set on this course during a republican presidency. Obama did not cause this crisis and it will take more than 4 years to get back what we lost. Well, people like Mitt Romney didn't lose a penny so I can't expect him to understand my situation. I would expect people have the capacity to remember what 2008 felt like and not to fall victim to propaganda from a political campaign that wants control again before Obama actually gets things going in the right direction. Either that or these people are simply stupid, ignorant or flat out sadistic.

    August 31, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. vanesa

    Clint Eastwood was very disrespectful to the president, he should apologize for such joke

    August 31, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Steve Lyons

    The democrats are the "tar baby" of the economy. They keep America mired in poverty.

    August 31, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Brian D

    I hear they're looking for a good community organizer in Chicago right now. And you can even bring your own chair.

    Clint Eastwood was spot on. I'm sure it went over your liberal heads. But what he was talking about is what made America great. Not some affirmative action, not some government program.

    August 31, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. Sid Pierce

    This entire convention was strange....Christie auditioning for 2016, Ryan being called out as a liar by FOX News, Clint v. the chair, and Mitt introducing himself after six years of running for the office of President....somewhere Jerry Falwell is rolling over in his grave!

    August 31, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Fortinbras

    Take Clints lead, republicans. After the election, you will need an empty chair to vent out at. It will be cheaper than than destroying your own furniture.

    August 31, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Bob the Janitor

    Wow, somebody really got under Obammy's skin with the empty seat routine...LOL

    Can't wait until November!!!

    August 31, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Fortinbras

    It wouldve been funny if that were McCain or Palin talking to the empty chair.

    August 31, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Reality Check

    So I wonder about something every time i read these posts. when did political mudslinging become newsworthy? why have we regressed into a society that is enthralled either positively or negatively by boat showing and bandstands. I get sick of hearing self proclaimed american citizens claim to have a strong original opinion while regurgitating the leavenings that either party has regurgitated for the huddled masses to swallow. Original ideas,thoughtful discussion and OBJECTIVE scrutiny should be more important to "the chair debate" gimmick. head out of our respective animals ends people, We control this country not a select few. stand for progressive, and equal prosperity and dont subscribe to "we cant do anything" emo BS that we have been spiralling towards. enough name calling, time to get work done for the future of this nation.

    September 1, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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