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. Todd Kohlfeld

    I'll bite – what did he drop his handicap from and to? And how did you find this out? Sounds a little like nonsense and nothing specific to criticize.

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

    To all those who are waiting for Romnaey to find you a job:
    He cannot do it. The same is true for Obama. A large number of unemployed Americans are unemployed because either have no college degree or have a Mickey Mouse degree earned drinking beer in some frat house. In the old days, before globalization there was plenty of manual jobs that could be done by people with no specific high level skills. Those are gone, simply because there is an army of people abroad that can do the same for a small fraction of the pay an American would take. Companies do not have a mission of creating jobs, they have a mission of creating profits and they take jobs wherever is cheaper: it's just as simple as that. If you really want a job, go get a real education in a technical field. and make it worthy for an American company to pay you what you want.

    August 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Bucky

    Clint Eastwood wants to talk about President Obama's plane?? Really?? It's okay for Mitt Romney and his family to fly around in that gas guzzler but it's not okay for the POTUS?? haha!

    August 31, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. talbet

    What an humiliating chapter in Clint's life.

    August 31, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Sid Prejean

    Time to take away the car keys, Clint.

    August 31, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Bonnie

    Good one!!

    August 31, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Tex71

    Clint Eastwood has always been one of my heroes. Unfortunately, he seems to be turning into a parody of himself – maybe he forgot he was acting in "Gran Torino" and has stayed in character ever since.

    August 31, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. reaperfearer

    Hey Clint! Get off my lawn!

    August 31, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. independent, in Texas

    Obama is still the king ! after all the hopla is over Obama is still the king........Obama 2012..yes

    August 31, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. FedUp

    Obviously, Mr. Eastwood got to Mr. Obama. I think that's hilarious. Call a few more of your Hollywood friends, Mr. Obama. They will help you out.

    August 31, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. doughnuts

    "I supported McCain, but I'm glad Obama won."

    –Clint Eastwood, 2008.

    August 31, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Urbanll

    Wow – Obama put an empty suit in the empty chair, clever.

    August 31, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Jim

    How much do you reckon Clint was paid for this appearance?

    August 31, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. firewalker

    I never would have believed that Half of the Americans LOVE FAILURES.

    August 31, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. danthefisherman

    The funniest part of Eastwoods satirical presentation was the telepromter in front of the empty chair!

    August 31, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    Polls show President beating empty chair.

    Maybe the Dems should do a parody of Clint with an empty suit.

    August 31, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. nitro

    Almost as humiliating as his reality show.

    August 31, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. cathstar

    Mr. Eastwood did appear to be a "bit out of it." And he had the unemployment number wrong making it almost twice as bad as it is. I don't understand why either party feels the need to drag out some "star" and get their endorsement. Who cares who the "stars" vote for?

    August 31, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey President Obama, while the GOT like to discredit your historic and landmark accomplishments, I'll like to take this time to say thank you for all that you have done for America and the world and by the way, thank you for killing Osama Bin Laden.

    Where were you on the night Americans waved Ole Glory, sang patriot songs and chanted "Obama got Osama... Obama got Osama...Obama got Osama?"

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 31, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. HJA

    I think Clint actually saw President Obama sitting in the chair.

    August 31, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. DandyStyker

    I thought Clint did a *great* job of showing how Republicons think.

    August 31, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. NC

    To Anonyomus: Thank you very much what a great post.

    August 31, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. jim

    Sitting there with his feet up on the desk no doubt

    August 31, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. ImvotingforObama

    What a sad end to the circus.

    August 31, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. ragiacal

    The guy couldn't even remember that his own nominee is a lawyer, saying no more lawyers in the WH!!!!

    August 31, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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