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. Rudy NYC

    Michael J Fox plays a funnier Clint Eastwood.

    August 31, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    OnceGreatNation, you must have been absent for sixth grade social studies. It's up to Congress to present a budget to the Senate- NOT the president or vice president – and for the Senate to act on it. Last I heard that crying drunk bonehead was the senate majority leader, so perhaps you should ask HIM where that budget is.

    August 31, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    RNC's movie moment: 'Empty Chair vs. Warm Stool' featuring Batty Harry!
    Go President O!
    Oh don't you worry!! He is DEFINITELY GOING!!! Along with a LOT of his leftist Democrat lackeys! 2010 times two. It's going to be beautiful.

    August 31, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Malory Archer


    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!


    They were planning it at their pity party during the innaguration on January 20, 2009.

    August 31, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. OnceGreatNation

    President Obama has accomplished what exactly? Bin Laden is not the answer, the military did that. Nobel Peace is not the answer, he didnt deserve that! So beyond that, what?

    August 31, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    Obama needs a name tag to find his seat. Not to mention old drunk Uncle Joe.

    August 31, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Walsh

    We will all get to hear the clever, often dishonest claims of the Narcissist and Chief next week. Waiting with baited breath for the blame game – don't worry he won't man up and take on any accountability for any of his economic blunders.

    August 31, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. joedwsb

    I find alot of these comments from the romeny/ryan lovers laughable. They are talking about how obama just keeps raising the debt. But they seem to forget how the republicans took us to two wars without either one being paid for. How they put tax cuts into place without them being paid for. I guess that was 'ok'. And listening to slippery Mitt last night, he wants to send troops all over the globe, and start another cold war with Russia, and cut taxes – but once again, not a mention of how that's all going to be paid for. Wait – I forgot – he's going to cut funding for PBS to cover those costs and reduce the debt. That's the plan for from Mr. Business Flip/Flip/Flop guru. No thanks. I never put my trust in a snake-oil salesman. I'm sticking with Obama – 200%

    August 31, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. THE truth

    I can see that the Eastwood speech really tweaked the administration...and the media, which is just an extension of the administration.

    August 31, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. ART

    So Clint Eastwood is relevant how? I mean he is the face of the GOP, old white men but that was just embarrassing.

    August 31, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Name john

    That was a classy response by the president

    August 31, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "This seat's taken" along with a picture of Obama in his Cabinet Room chair with a plaque inscribed: "The President."
    A typical 3rd grade retort from someone who makes P.W. Herman look competent.

    August 31, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. nitro

    I thought Clint Eastwood was dead. Damn!!!!

    August 31, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. FLIndependent

    @ThinkAgain – There was an aricle on Politico where they interviewed David Koch and he says he supports gay marriage, raising taxes on the rich, and cutting spending on defense. If that is the case then why on earth are they supporting Mittens? I just don't get it.

    August 31, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. David

    Maybe Eastwood's mad because Obama will not continue with the tax cuts for the super rich.

    It is hard to see how Romney made his millions, since he seems to lack good judgement about his choices to represent him. First choosing Ryan, then the people he had speak on his behalf, low-quality, angy, and resentful and out of touch with the middle class and most of the rest of the country.

    The only way people will be able to get a clue about Romney's money success is by seeing his taxes.

    August 31, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. linda

    What a fool Eastwood made of himself and the Republican party......just goes to show you how detached Romney is from the American people.....why he would let an old fool get up and make his campaign his convention so negative and nasty....what happened to Trump....thought he was going to give us something GREAT......they told him no they didn't want him to make a spectacle at their convention but instead opted for even a bigger fool to do the job......

    August 31, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Btie

    I used to like clint eastwood NOT ANYMORE!

    August 31, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. n

    Yes Mr. President, take you rightful seat, the chair at the head of the table. Another four years of strong leadership!

    August 31, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. lolo

    You mean we are scared of the party of old die hard men and stefford wives women. I think not. We knew what you were about years ago, we just let you hang yourselves a little more, because the GOP is the party of granola nuts. They have all kinds mixed up in there. We know that you like that old time living, but America is moving forward with President Obama. Clint was so confused on that stage last night. He thought he was at the Oscars giving a speech.

    August 31, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Pete

    To the republican idiot who claimed the presidents Nobel Peace Prize was given by dope addicts,frauds and so on,get a life ,the prize is given in Oslo,Norway,jerk!!And to the rest of these hypocrites,ya know who you are,where were you when Bush and his crew started wars with lies,where were you when Wall Street collapsed,housing market,mortgage market tanked probibly just like your republican cowards ,hoping it'll get over soon because you know,hypocrites ,racists all it was republicans fault.Just like the GM plant in Janesville,Wisconsin,it was Bush who said no,not Barack,get your facts straight,I know its hard having your head up your butt so long,no light,no air but its your fault plain and simple,live with it so it doesn't happen again!!!

    August 31, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. The Elephant in the Room

    There was a poll that claimed more people thought Romney was a better manager than the President.

    Who in the Romney team thought bribg Clint on stage was a good idea? Whether is was the Etch-a-Sketch comment or the staff member touting Romney/Obamacare in the case of Joe Soptic. the Romney campaign has been GROSSLY mismanaged.

    Do you remember how well Mr. Obama ran his campaign? Seems to me he, not Romney, is the better manager.

    August 31, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. kemikal

    After all was said and done, none of these clowns offered any insight into HOW they would/could do a BETTER job than President Obama! Why is that? Because they can't, they'll only say that he's this awful president, and he isn't. The REAL Truth said it very well! He may not have kept all of his election promises; but I would imagine and am very sure the GOP had a whole lot to do with that. Just say what you really want to say....."Let's make this BLACK President a one term President!". No need to hide it; it's not because of his actions in office that you want him out, this was your plan the night he won the Presidency. Just look at how you disrespect President Obama! Even with the amount of obstruction that he faced......HE STILL DID A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN PRESIDENT G.W. Bush. See, I even called him president. Such a shame that so many of these "unfortunately" elected "SO CALLED" political leaders are so HATEFUL! And it just continues to spread across the board. People, if you vote for ROMNEY, you'll be sorry; haven't learned anything! But, you will if they get control of the WH again.

    August 31, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Willard Romney will NEVER sit there.

    August 31, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. w l jones

    Most people sleep laying down while some sleep walk. Said enough.

    August 31, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Ready

    Is that Dumbo sitting in the chair? Look at those huge ears.

    August 31, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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