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. markiejoe

    Pretty sad when Clint Eastwood debates a chair. And the chair wins.

    August 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Lynn

    The last Republican administration benefitted people like Eastwood, no wonder he made a fool of himself over wanting more of the GOP. Unless they promise to not follow the Republican play book what's the point of voting them back in to follow the rules of the last Republican president?

    August 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Michael

    The chair has been empty because Obama has been too busy putting out the fires started by Republicans.

    August 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Dean

    "It's been over 227 days since President Obama has met with his job's council,"----------Obama does not have to meet with his jobs council, he's got his top advisor on jobs, Jeff Immelt, sending jobs to China and India every day.

    August 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. MessiahNoMo

    When the President is in-effective and not result driven, he needs to step down (and take his rabid VP with him).
    He had his 4 years of fame and history is written.

    Now, let someone else take the reins and do something meaningful to the economy.
    Yes, it's the economy, stupid.
    America is ready for real action and resolve.

    August 31, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Bob, NY

    Replugs have done their best to wreck this country for the last 12 years...that's what I consider TREASON! ...and there are some idiots, out there, who would hand them back the reins? The media calls it a close race...so the idiots will keep funneling money into their coffers. I mean, crap...maybe the John Birch Society wasn't so bad...by comparison.

    August 31, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Bob, NY

    The smart "get rich quick" lawyers should be working on some slander law suits...plenty of opportunity there!

    August 31, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Arch

    I love Clint, the actor, the director. this spectacle was depressing.

    ~ Arch Stanton, Sad Hill

    August 31, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. herrick9

    Eighty -two with invisible friends?
    Not a good sign for the old gunfighter.....

    August 31, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Omar

    Again, the real story isn't incoherent Clint, it's disrespectful Clint, using a "throat-slash" to signify his desire to see President Obama leave office. It's shameful and inflammatory.

    August 31, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. DZA

    Epic pwns by both parties. Obama had a great response, and the RNC had a pretty decent one with the Jobs Council one, but still, Obama's was better.

    August 31, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Bob, NY

    Ryan/Romney will preserve Medicare and Medicaid....in a jar of formaldehyde.

    August 31, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. krhodes


    Oh SNAP!

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

    I guess we will see come November.

    August 31, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. hicksticks2001

    People are saying how worried they are about Clint's health & sight, but a blind man could see that Obama is taking this country in the wrong direction.

    August 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Kayann

    He'll have that chair for 4 more years. Great comeback Mr. Prez.

    August 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Bopbop

    Has anybody noted the actor's missed irony between the empty seat and Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel 'The Invisible Man' ?

    August 31, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. OCCaVoter

    After that "talk to the chair" bit. I am definetly vote for a sane President Barack Obama. The republican base is even weirder than I imagine. Romney is unfit. Next thing you know Ronmey will be talking to the White House furniture. Ronmeny the Oval Office seat is Occupied. Take a number and take a seat in the Eastwood Chair.


    August 31, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. jimranes

    Sad and pathetic performance by Clint Eastwood! Even his spaghetti westerns were better! He should have quit while he was ahead! Ironic that Eastwood is Pro Gay, Pro Choice and Pro women's rights....not exactly in step with the Tea Partiers. Mitt's advisors are having a Rick Perry "I stepped in it" moment everyday of this convention.

    August 31, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Shannon

    I just don't know what embarrasses a Republican anymore. This was so pathetic, so vulgar, so ridiculous, and so like the behavior of all Republicans, that you think they would feel shame.

    August 31, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Duane Allen

    Republicans aren't fooling anybody but themselves with all the nonsense they talk about and all the bluntly stupid remarks they make in these responses. The Republicans delivered a train wreck to the nation and left it to this President to clean up and put back on the tracks... and that, according to all independent economists, is exactly what he's done. 29 consecutive months of job growth coupled with advances on 13 key economic indicators. Obama has had more people find employment in three years than Bush had in his eight years... and of course anyone with a functioning brain realizes that Bush was putting 750,000 people out of work per month during his last year in office. Romney has yet to make one specific proposal for putting people back to work and THE BIG LAUGH is his promise of putting millions back to work is exactly what the CBO says will happen even if he weren't elected. Bottom line: Romney will create more problems like the ones we're trying to shake off from his other right-wing lobbyist pandering pals GWB/Cheney... and take us to war again. NO THANKS, MITT!

    August 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Me 3

    Clint once again shows that the GOP is the party of grumpy old men and witchy women.

    August 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. michael

    Clint reminded me of somene with dementia, the way he was carrying on with that chair. Reminded me a lot of my late grandmother. She used to talk to empty chairs too, during the final weeks of her life.

    August 31, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. OnceGreatNation

    Ms. Malory

    I willl include pictures in future comments to help your obviously deficient reading skills. I said "our", i.e. the democratic parties budget (I know it doesnt exist, it was rhetorrical). The republicans submitted a budget and as I recall Harry Reid tabled it in the senate as he did with all republican policies. The obstructionists are the kings fools of the democratic party. Lastly, I feel better knowing the president did "significant things"......not a liberal yet can provide a better answer and you blind idiots wonder why change is needed? I can only hope!

    August 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. simbaloco

    There is no denying that Clint is an intelligent and sensitive guy. Some of his movies are so beautiful and delicate you would never tell he is a republican.....but nobody is perfect. I read somewhere that he considers himself a "social liberal and fiscal conservative". What kind of social liberalism is Mr. Rommel bringing to the table; no choice, no planning, so stem research, no health care......

    August 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. zombietimeshare

    Barry has a nice chair. He can take it with him when he moves out January 20, 2013.

    66 days till the election.

    August 31, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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