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. dale

    the haters who say he's not American with no proof, who embarrass themselves, can just suck it, and look at the chair, and who's in it – and accept he saved the country from a depression that we were headed to under Bush. Also, Obama got Bin Laden – something else Bush failed miserably on. I do NOT approve of the deal with big pharm Obama did, and capitulating with GOP on the tax extensions for the rich, because they wouldn't extend them for the middle class without giving the rich the extension, also. Typical GOP grandstanding.

    August 31, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Clint i have to take you to the street

    August 31, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. mj

    Get a grip, Obama. It was a joke; a parody. He has seen this type of comedy many times on SNL and particapated on more Late Night shows than any President in history while in office. Hate to tell Obama that name tag is not permanent. It will be gone come November. Who filled in for him for the photo? He is too busy to go to New Orleans (Fund Raising Conflicts) until Monday. Romney is there TODAY.

    August 31, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. dontbow

    The back of obamas chair says DUNCE....how fitting.

    August 31, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. George Zipp 1980

    Clint Eastwood threw away his career last night. Just like O.J. Simpson threw his career away with his actions. If I were Obama I would have ignored Eastwood's senile rantings.

    August 31, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Lyla M

    The GOP looks more and more desperate every day. Way to go, Mr. President! Kick their butts to the curb. They have done nothing but blame you for the mess you have been trying to clean up. It's like the cat pooping in the sandbox and saying the dog did it. Our country is going in the right direction no thanks to the GOP who, once again, created this mess in the first place. Anyone remember the 700,000 jobs lost per month before Obama took office? Or where the stock market was in late '08? Or that if you had a pre-existing condition, your insurance carrier could drop you? Or gays, even though they served equally in the military could not be recognized? I could go on, but the Obama haters plug their ears to the truth. Kick bootie, Obama! Way to go!! We are sick of seeing fact checks showing GOP "lies and misleading" results.

    August 31, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. dontbow

    obamas must like that chair, he sits in and keeps raising our taxes while taking freedoms away. what an easy job for such a patheitc idiot.

    August 31, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. dontbow

    the funny thing is, the chair was smarter than obama

    August 31, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Lyla M

    That GOP "Hollywood moment" fell right on its butt, didn't it? So much for the big mystery guest.

    August 31, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    Obama can keep the chair, he'll just have to move it to Chicago!

    August 31, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. California Grandma

    Re: MessiahNoMo: Rabid VP? You must be referring to Cheney, the darth vador of hunting.
    By the way, the economy, stupid, was in deep do do long before Obama took the office.
    Bush REALLY smoked it with jobs and hiding his military spending from the American people, right?
    "Talk to the Chair?" Just a jealous little skit by a past his prime actor...sounds like he has the beginnings of dementia
    and memory loss. Kind of like most of the republican party, waaaaay toooo oooold for me.

    August 31, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. UsayWha?

    If Mitt romney wins, I hope the republicans win the house and control the senate too so all these people that hate Obama so much (and arent really sure why they hate him, just seems to be the thing to do) can get everything they are asking for.

    August 31, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Alois

    "This seat's taken" We all know now it's freeloader obama who's been squatting in "OUR, W.H. Time for crackhead obama to get his eviction notice.

    August 31, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Dean

    The only time the liar and chief gets out of his chair is to golf and attend fundraisers.

    August 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Paul Williamson

    Clint has been my favorite actor for 30 years, and it is a shame to see the degradation in his mental condition, but Alzheimer's disease can strike anyone.(even Reagan, who had it iearly in first term). I hope he doesn't talk to invisible people all the time; my miother did that when she was 94 just before she passed away. I understand Clint needs to be protective of his $500M fortune, which mostly the middle class paid for by seeing his movies, but does he have to so greedy and so "Republican" in his dotage by trying to reduce his taxes, his capital gains, and his estate tax? America has given him a lot, he has given America entertainment and has been a cultural icon, surely he can start paying his fair share of taxes back to the country that enabled him to get rich on nothing but a Magum 44 and a scowl? Lets not let the "Robme and Ruin" boys screw up this country like Bush did.

    August 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Just call me Lucifer

    Please don't abort your babies... we'd rather have you raise them so we can send them off to war and we'll kill them. Amen.

    August 31, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Fgarfromtexas

    I really thought that Clint was smarter than that. Why is it that they like to blame one guy when they instead should also include themselves for the current problems? The Republicans are the ones that have prevented the President from accomplishing most of his promises. It was the Republicans who stated at the beginning that they were going to make sure that he would be a one term President. This was accomplished by not doing the jobs that they were elected to do. Instead of saying that they want to repeal things let them finally do their jobs and make it better by fixing whatever is wrong in the law. Isn't that what they were elected to do? Do they serve the interest of America or the interest of the few. Bypartisionism is a cancer in Washington. I guess like Ron White says "You can't fix stupid".

    August 31, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. the_dude

    The real sad thing is Mitt Romney has a pretty good chance to win. And that is soley because of how horrible ofailure has been

    August 31, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. JCQueipo

    If Obama wasn't there to defend himself, Eastwood should NOT be a coward just because his friends were there to laugh.

    Clint they were laughing at YOU !!!!

    I can't wait for presidential debates.

    August 31, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. JCQueipo

    What a CLOWN !! I'm burning all your DVD's

    August 31, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. R. Harris

    Eastwoods "speech" was like a typical Republican. A old person whom is talking to a group; but to the group seems only to be talking to himself and even confused while doing so.

    August 31, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Jim

    Clint Eastwood: just another typical family values republican. This sentence was cut directly from AARP's online magazine. "Along the way, Eastwood became a father of seven children by five women."

    August 31, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Dave

    Thats all I want to see – the back of that coconut as he leaves the White House permanently

    August 31, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. werbazneutron

    Eastwood's precise take down of the democrats Incredible Shrinking President hit home if the exploding liberal heads all over the place is any indication today. Even the presidential comeback photo has been photoshopped, today, to show the back of a clown's head sitting in that chair.
    The democrats' convention next week will be a redux of Ed Wood's cult Classic, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" starring Joe Biden in the Tor Johnson role, lovely Nancy Pelosi as Vampira and Harry Reid in a cameo as Bela Lugosi. As an added attraction – and to introduce the democrat candidate – comedy favorite Chris Matthews (wearing the original white Angora sweater worn by Ed Wood in his bio-epic "Glen-Glenda") will develop a dialogue with an empty chair.

    August 31, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Arlene

    I believe that is Mickey Mouse in that chair. Look at those ears!

    August 31, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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