Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress
February 9th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't pleased with the job Congress is doing.

"It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said Friday in an interview with CNBC. "So if they don't give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?"

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And he's not the only one.

A CNN poll conducted last month found only 21% approved of how Congress is handling its job.

That survey was taken fresh on the heels of the fiscal cliff standoff, where bickering between the parties sent the U.S. over the so-called fiscal cliff, although only briefly.

Some would say conditions on Capitol Hill hasn't improved much since, especially as lawmakers find themselves in gridlock ahead of future financial battles, such as the sequester deadline next month and the debt limit by May.

Congress also has immigration and gun violence legislation in the pipeline, and a number of Cabinet nominations to consider.

But Eastwood, who endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and drew attention for a rambling address at the Republican National Convention this summer, doesn't see progress in Washington.

"There's just a lot of people standing looking at one another and maybe it just appears that way to us who are outside of the beltway," Eastwood said. "Right now it's very disappointing. I just wish - the election's over, we should be moving ahead. And the leaders aren't stepping up."

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  1. Foreseen

    All Congress cares about is getting paid and making contacts so they can make more money with insider trading.

    February 10, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Don

    PLEASE, PLEASE, vote out your US Representaive or Senator in their next election. They are not worth having has our leaders and they do nothing for us give except give us grieve along with Obama who is not a leader either.

    February 10, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. cbp

    Mr. Eastwood is a fine actor and director. Someone gave him a starring role at the GOP convention and he choose to ramble on and on with the idea that he would make a difference in how people perceived Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama.

    He is now criticizing Congress. The House is led by a Republican who is not showing the leadership that he should.. The Republican minority leader does nothing important. Every so often he speaks as he attempts to derail the Obama White House once again. I have been waiting for the GOP to move ahead and to work with those across the aisle. Instead we have more gridlock led by the Republicans. Mr. Eastwood needs to address some remarks to these men and women and be more pointed in his remarks.

    February 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Charlie

    Is that too tough a comment, so sorry

    February 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The leaders? You mean your buddys the republicans are impeading any progress just like they have been doing since President Obama took over after your buddy Bush bankrupted America with his made up wars so his buddys could keep getting richer with their war machine. You need to talk to THAT chair or just keep making movies which is the only thing you know how to do.

    February 10, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. happyfrenchman

    Gee, he needs a couple of moving vans to haul around all the empty chairs he is gonna need for his next speech.

    February 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    TD, We liberals care about America and Americans. We do not walkout of meetings planned to deal with Americans problems and we do not talk to empty chairs! As a former republican I did not want to be an embarrassment so I became a Democrat who acres about American and Americans not just the greedy rich!

    February 10, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. cpc65

    Is he talking to the furniture again? Alzheimer's in sad.

    February 10, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Jeb

    21%? I thought Congress had an approval rating of 8%-9%.

    Anyway, when Gerald Ford was INSTALLED as president thereby ensuring Richard Nixon made a mockery of the US justice system, I sorta think that got everyone in America to expect no less. Crime is fairly synonymous with America.

    Likewise, after 40 years of deficit spending – aka Reaganomics – I believe the "genie is out of the bottle, " "pandora is out of the box," and "the horse has left the barn." Granted, it is amazing that idiots like Clint ever wise up, but please Mr. Eastwood, save us all your ill-timed rhetoric.

    February 10, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Log Cabin

    This Republican congress has to be the worst in American history.

    February 10, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. GnatB

    Congress approval rating:21%
    Congressional relection rates: 80+%

    What the heck is wrong with voters?

    February 10, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. RomneyWho

    And we are not satisfied with Clint Eastwood, Especially after his senile endorsement of Romney, of which, showed his utter ignorance of the world today and it's needs, based on real life conditions. Tell Clint to talk to the chair! 🙁

    February 10, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. BeverlyNC

    This from a man who speaks to an empty chair....who supports the "empty ideas" Republican Pary...who supports the Republican Party of "empty promises, values' and total obstruction of ALL legislation for JOBS, economic recovery, education, veterans aid wants to kill Medicare, Social Security, and puts guns over the lives of People-GOP – guns over People. Not one Republican has kept their oath to serve the People. They have betrayed the People, the nation, and ALL should be voted out of office come 2014 so real work can be done to restore the nation.

    February 10, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Montanwill

    Over the last 4 years are debt has increased from $5 trillion to over $14 trillion. What is wrong with this picture?

    February 10, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Jeff, I read your proposals and appreciate the specifics. However, the Libertarian approach to government offers over-simplified solutions to highly complex problems. They sound good but never really solve the problem. Based on the standard of living we see in developed nations could it be that it takes a huge percentage percentage of our incomes to deliver the services we actaully want and need? I believe we have significant efficiencies to gain by taking a good look at government waste. But do you really want to lose Social Security, Medicare, the transportation infrastructure, a strong defense, and those programs designed to portect health and security? Really? Do you want to live in a country where the poor, the elderly, and those wiped-out by disasters don't get help? Maybe we simply need to generally expect a high cost for the standard of living we want. We could work honestly to eliminate waste and like you suggested, don't let them divide us with hot-button social issues.

    February 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Charles Homme

    It's pathetic how pretty much all the liberals commenting here blame everything thats wrong with this country on Republicans. Republicans aren't the controlling party. Democrats have had control for over four years(two of which they had complete control). Why hasn't the democratically controlled Senate produced a budget in over three years? Why was Obamas last budget rejected 97-0 in that very same democratically controlled Senate? Why are we running budgets that have trillion dollar deficits year after year? Democrats are either incompetent,uncaring or just political hacks that are bent on villifying the opposition. It's probably a combination of the three.

    February 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Larry L


    Over the last 4 years are debt has increased from $5 trillion to over $14 trillion. What is wrong with this picture?
    You did hear about the two un-funded wars, the deep recession, the failing banks, the failing auto industry, the healthcare crisis and the 8 million jobs lost before the President took office? I'll remind you the cut and spend economy Bush left behind left low revenues and a spiraling debt. Bush issued the first bail-out check. You guys seem to think the recovery would be easy? It's been even harder with the Republicans trying to prevent a recovery.

    February 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. manhandler1

    He needs to sit down and stay seated. Always loved his work in film. Still do. But seeing him in the same light as I used to?.........not possible.

    February 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. norma jean

    Eastwood is just like so many Republicans....McCain etc....just fuzzy brained old men.......!time to retire boys!!!

    February 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. 'CLINT got it right-on"

    What light do people who refuse to see "truth in the light" ...? Government in the White House and in Congress has become useless.....

    February 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Charles Homme

    It's pathetic how pretty much all the liberals commenting here blame everything thats wrong with this country on Republicans. Republicans aren't the controlling party. Democrats have had control for over four years(two of which they had complete control). Why hasn't the democratically controlled Senate produced a budget in over three years?

    Democrat lost any semblance of control when Ted Kennedy died. The over 140 Republican filibusters in the Senate have blocked all possibility of legislative progress – just like Mitch McConnell planned. McConnell was the first in history to make a proposal, get it accepted by the Senate Leader, then immediately filibuster his own proposal. Does that tell you anything?

    The idiot bills from the Tea Party House always contain "personhood", Grover Norquist language, or other toxic riders designed as political theater. You need to man-up to the disasterous economy left behind AND the obstructionist policies of the GOP. Democrats blame the Republicans because it's THE REPUBLICAN'S FAULT!

    February 10, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. QuietStormX

    Who is he complaining about? Hey it's his party that has brought the people in the House who don't care about nothing but their outside pressure they and not normal people they represent to do their work and the nation. We could have had much done if the President had some help and cooperation on the Hill. At no time has the House and republicans helped out in anything that needs to be done or fixed. It's funny when republicans complain, they are the ones who've put them in office. They can phone and complain plus vote them out of office for not doning their jobs for the people and nation...

    February 10, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. don

    Clint, the show is over dude, move on. This is not a movie. LOL.

    February 10, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. John

    Yes, well i'm not satisfied with Clint Eastwood.

    Conservatives are quick to condemn liberal celebrities who use their fame to promote their points of view.

    Liberals do the reverse.

    Why should any of us care what a celebrity thinks about anything?

    February 10, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Riverweasel

    The real issue is that neither one of the parties in the house and senate really care to get anything done for the most part. Though both the liberals and republcans provide decent ideas on how to fix the problems we face, they are not represented by those they elect.

    I was a supporter of Obama back in '08, but after realizing that he only provided lies to issues that needed ideas born in reality to solve, I dumped both groups. It's come to a point that the government is incapable of providing or enforcing any good solutions for us. This is why the libertarian movement is what I support now.

    Whether or not you're a Repub or Democrat, it should be quite clear at this point, if you've done some independent research of your own, that those that represent you are not there for your interests.

    February 11, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
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