Obama takes his seat
August 31st, 2012
11:56 AM ET
11 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. mm

    jessy ventura said it right. dems and repubs are no diff than hitler. you need to get a good independit in office. the others are all on the take!!

    September 1, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. CryBabies

    If I didn't know better, I'd say most of you libs are hittin the LSD...I've never heard so much "Hope and Change" on these political blog sites. Enjoy it while you can because things are not like they were in 2008. Thank God!

    September 1, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  3. Shirley

    I love Clint Eastwood, but his performance last night made me want to cry. He came across as being extremely nervous and unable to focus on his message. He appeared confused, searching for words...his message was obviously unscripted. While there were some humorous moments, many more were just plain awkward and very disrespectful of President Obama. Mr. Eastwood did not do Mitt Romney any favors by his performance. I was left with concern about his health. Cheap theatrics? Maybe.. but also very sad and unnecessary. I wish I had not seen his presentation.

    September 1, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  4. jan2343

    To those who are still harping for more Tax Returns..ENOUGH! The Romneys paid every penny due according to Tax Codes or the IRS would have been all over them by now. START DEMANDING WHY ODUMBO – OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS- PRODUCE HIS SCHOOL RECORDS. HIS PASSPORT RECORDS AND HIS GRADES. HOW DID A POOR BOY, a slacker and a pot smoker get into schools such as Harvard and pay for them? HE APPLIED AS A FOREIGN STUDENT FROM INDONESIA – TO FILL QUOTAS- AND THEREFORE IS A FELON!!! THAT IS WHY HE SPENDS MILLIONS TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE NEEDS TO COME CLEAN..NOW !!!!

    September 1, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward – And YES, We Know You Built That!!!

    September 1, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. sifto

    love how the libs have no brain and no sense of humor regarding conservative great movie star icons! and they thought they owned hollywood stars! eastwood is still a genius- libs do not understand intellectual humor!

    September 1, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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