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. Billy, NYC

    I am concern about Clint's mental health and vision and hearing ability at his age.
    He needs help.

    August 31, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. teej

    I had to walk away from the TV. The spectacle was disorienting. I wish it had never happened.

    August 31, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Dave

    Poor Clint, disgracing himself for an empty suit who could care less about Clint, his Pictures, and mostly...his audiences. If Mittens is elected, no one calling themselves Middle Class will be able to afford to go to the Movies.

    August 31, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. ShawnDH

    Oh SNAP!

    Republicans...when will you learn that you just can't beat this guy at anything?

    August 31, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. ted

    I like Clint, he has entertained people for decades. I don't get the spectacle though.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 31, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. dubrats

    the seat may be taken...and it always is....but it's been empty now for almost 4 years

    August 31, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Bass

    The empy seat was a fair analogy of our President.

    August 31, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. San Diego

    President Obama better run back and enjoy that chair because he won't have it for long.....

    August 31, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Rev Frank

    Hurry for Clint!!! How stupid of the pres to even respond to or comment on Clint's speech. By doing so the pres shows what a thin skin he has and what a poor excuse of a leader he is. Why doesn't the pres try and fix what is wrong with our country i.e. debt, unemployment, government waste, etc... instead of responding to things like this. This is a perfect example why osama shouldn't be pres he just doesn't have the brains of a leader!!!

    August 31, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. calamp

    @Ready: Hey Jumbo Mumbo You need Those Big Ears to Listen to the Common Man's Plight. Go find a Place and Grope Yourself.

    August 31, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. mikey

    Obama has already accused Romney of killing a guy's wife, being a felon, being a tax cheat, being a money launderer, closing factories just to abuse families, being a draft dodger, torturing a dog, and assaulting a fellow student. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what President Barack Obama's America looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.. The left is using any event as a distraction as it pursues the Saul Alinsky tactics of community organizing. Obama's game plan is to divide the community into the Haves and the Have Nots, make the Have Nots believe they are unjustly treated by the Haves, build resentment against the American social and economic system, use church congregations to mobilize street agitators, and lobby government for higher taxes and big-spending welfare programs in order to confiscate the wealth and power of the Haves and turn it over to the Have Nots.

    August 31, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Rev Frank

    What is wrong with my comment??? Did I say the pres has no brains? Remember we are still a land that has freedom of speech--I learned that in law school 40 years ago but maybe osama took that away when he took away the future for my 10 grandchildren.

    August 31, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Independent

    Leave it to liberals to tear a senior citizen apart. I remember when they mocked John McCain and his stiffness due to his war injury in 2008. These are the people that are in control of our lives right now.Disgraceful!! Time for adults back in control of our lives. Romney/Ryan 2012!

    August 31, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. AgrippaMT

    Old Clint obviously aspires to be the next Charleton "Moses" Heston. No doubt he'll be at the next NRA convention too.

    August 31, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Jacy Houston

    Jerry you sound like Clint, like you lost your marbles too. And just how do you think "he got them".... All the buzz is because of how awkward the performance was...

    August 31, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. JohnRJohnson

    I would have preferred that the White House not respond to the RNC farce, which has just put on a disgraceful festival of lies in Tampa. The country is obviously divided into two camps now - those who support and respect this president, and those who hate him so much that they'll swallow even the most preposterous lies about him.

    August 31, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. TJeff1776

    DAVE....you've got that right.. In 1960, for each dollar the poor man made, the company made fifty. Today, for each dollar, the company makes FIVE HUNDRED dollars......AND the divergence is increasing in the company's favor at an alarming rate.
    Big Business is like a giant vacuum cleaner with a financial system thats sucking upward from the poor. One can't blame these CEO's that are shoveling the monies upward- after all, they say "we are passing billions upward, don't we deserve a few miserly millions". One CEO in the healthcare industry in 2011 made a simple bonus of 940 million, not counting salary BUT look how much he was shoveling upward.

    August 31, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. California Gary

    I think Mitt's only chance to prevail in the debates is if he gets to debate an empty chair as well.......if Obama shows up, the Mittster is toast.

    August 31, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. mainAH

    obama, enjoy the seat now because you wont be sitting there much longer.

    August 31, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Everyman

    I thought Jesus was in the seat next to Clint.

    August 31, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Randy

    For an unscripted event, it was ok. Of course the TelePrompter in Chief would not know about unscripted moments.

    August 31, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. beezers

    If only our President respected his office more than his name-plated chair.

    August 31, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. standright

    Whoa! Is the President sitting with his Jobs Council in that shot?!!! No way!

    oh...its just lunchtime. I wonder what I bought them for lunch today?

    August 31, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. nothing new here

    I'll give ol' Clint credit for being "unique.
    That may be about it.

    August 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Connecticut

    Don't be hating on Clint, he had the guts to say what many of us feel....our President needs to step aside. He has made a bad situation much worse.

    August 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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