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. Ramrod

    Mr. Clintwood needs help.

    August 31, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. glorydays

    Even a quick glance at Eastwood's unkept hair indicates all is not well with the man. He needed to be vetted, but apparently was not.

    August 31, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Willie K.

    If the Dems are smart, they will play Mitch McConnell's stupid remarks over and over in every Congressional district, the one where he said the Republicans' top priority was to make President Obama a one-term president. Never mind creating jobs, never mind improving the quality of life for Americans. It's all about power. Thanks, Mitch, for telling the truth - the first and only time honest words have slipped from your brown (from kissing the butt of monied special interests) lips!

    August 31, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey Clint Eastwood, the chair that really counts, you know the one in the Oval office? Yea, it says "President of the United States of America and in that chair, sits the Greatest President in U.S. history.. President Barack H. Obama! haha!

    Obama.Biden 2012!

    August 31, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. GenPatton

    Got to love the Libs, crying about Clint Eastwood doing a skit on their beloved Chairman Obama. Dare I dig up all the evil hateful things they said about President Bush? Nah, I'm bigger and better than that. Enjoy folks.

    August 31, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Todd

    I'm not buying this Republican message at all. It was pretty clear 4 years ago that Obama had a moderate message and made real attempts to foster cooperation. The republican strategy from the very beginning was to obstruct economic progress over the last four years in an attempt to consolidate power in this election. I won't reward this behavior with my vote. The party is stale and faded, marching to the same Reagan remix year after year. The tired decript and inarticulate Eastwood speach was the real message of the republican party.

    August 31, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    The GOP convention was treated to a rambling, rudderless, confused and sad dialogue. And then Clint got up to speak.

    August 31, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Wiredweird – I used to think you were stupid, then I thought you were insane, turns out you're a healthy (unhealthy) combination of both.

    August 31, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. mirrorlogic

    Mr. President – thank you for avoiding the Republican caused near Depression! If there was a President who was not mentioned at the convention because Republicans pray America has a short memory – it was George Bush! That chair could easily have been for him. You did good and history will show your actions prevented what otherwise would have been a far worse WORLDWIDE economic disaster

    August 31, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Selendis

    Clint was hilarious. thought it was a SNL skit. Then, in thinking about how this was supposed to solidify a candidate, suddenly wasn't funny at all. Really? This is what you offer? Clint Eastwood having conversations with hostile imaginary friends? And they say the left is loony........(and Clint, get better imaginary friends)

    August 31, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. NOBAMA 2012

    I can't wait until he vacates the White House in November!!!

    August 31, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. joe

    i am very comfortable with president obama. i feel he has done a soild job and has provided steady leadership. the GOP has done nothing to help him or our country the past 4 years. i will vote for president obama again and do so with pride.

    August 31, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. ambercoat

    I'm sorry Mr. President that the country has devolved to this point. We just attack, no substance and these commentators don't find that strange. Now that is strange. GO OBAMA- you've got my vote

    August 31, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. beevee

    Yes of course the seat is not empty, it is taken by president Obama in 2008 and will be his till 2016. The only thing that is empty was the actor's head on Thursday evening.

    August 31, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Suzanne

    Funny what short memories you have. No one remembers what was going on when Obama took over. The danger of the country falling totally apart. The damage he inherited. Could he have done more....maybe if the republicans didn't set their goals on trying to hurt him. You would rather listen to a man who became wealthy without any regard for the working man. He caused lots of jobs to be lost and now he claims he will create jobs. You better dig deeper before you all vote for a man who really does no know what he is doing (Romney). Give Obama some support....I know he will then step down as one of the greatest.

    August 31, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Sorensen

    This was a terrible way for an otherwise talented and dignified actor to end his career. Corny, vulgar, stupid and
    totally irrelevant. Typical GOP.

    August 31, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Anna B

    SNAP!!! Love my President!!!

    August 31, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Willard

    Well, Mr. President,
    you just got this chair for another 4 years. Keep it nice until Hillary seats in for another 8!

    August 31, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Demigod Vadik, CA

    From most of the reviews I read about Clints performance, it sounds as though he came out really weird, even the Republicans at the Convention weren't sure how to take him, let alone people at home who are undecided...

    ...bad move by the GOP...

    ...I feel bad for Clint to be honest, I do like him and his movies, but when you take that tumble down the GOP lane, you rarely come out smelling like roses...

    ...Clint, I hope you know you made Obama's day...

    August 31, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Doug

    Lesson: If you debate an empty chair, you better win!

    August 31, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Craig Adams

    I am an indep voter- I was not impressed with Eastwood's vulgar speech and general strangeness and Willard Mitt Romney's odd war talk and NO PLANS at all econ plan.....I will bhe voting to re elect the President.

    August 31, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. DB

    23 million people out of work, are those who were already not working and those who don't have the skills to get a job, because they got no real education. They were the first to lose there jobs...I don't feel sorry for them, as the republicans would say, if you work hard you will make it in this country....what's wrong with them?

    August 31, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Theodore Cambridge

    Mr. Eastwood played to the GOP base and won. But in winning the battle, he certainly lost the uncommitted voters with his demeaning, disrespectful and thoroughly awful performance. Mr. Romney's opening act soiled the stage for him and reminded those uncommitted voters that the GOP is wildly out of step with the mainstream. Poor performance by Eastwood, horrible choice to give him the stage by the Romney camp.

    August 31, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize, because he was dedicated to peace and negotiation between Nations. (Make Peace/Love not War) Romney just wants to bomb the whole world. (Kill them all, and let God sort them out.) He certainly wil not be getting an invitation to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics

    August 31, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Justsayin'

    It remains to be seen whether mittens "business" experience qualifies him to pilot the entire nation. He seems a little sketchy on foreign affairs and some other areas....even a Harvard JD and MBA can't insure a well educated man in every area of expertise. Most folks worry about going "back" to that little house on the prairie existence the Teavangelicals espouse. Let's hope he can hold them at bay IF he's elected.

    August 31, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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