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Clint Eastwood Talks To Empty Chair As Obama At Republican Convention

It may have been Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's big moment, but Hollywood is talking about Clint Eastwood's odd speech at the Republican Convention after he spoke to an empty chair pretending it was filled by an invisible Barack Obama.

Eastwood began by recalling Obama's election four years ago.

"Everybody's crying. Oprah was crying. I was even crying," he said. "I haven't cried that hard since I found out there's 23 million unemployed people in this country. That is something to cry for. That is a disgrace, a national disgrace."

"This administration hasn't done enough to cure that, and it's time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."

"So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them?," Eastwood asked the chair. "I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just... people were wondering."

"Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn't close Gitmo. And I thought, well closing Gitmo -- why close that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse -- what do you mean shut up? You're absolutely crazy I'm not gonna shut up, it's my turn."

Eastwood also imagined the President telling Romney and then him a four letter word as he told the chair "he can't do that to himself."

"When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go," said the 82-year-old actor and director, who then drew a finger across his throat.

But not everyone appreciated he sometimes rambling remarks. After the speech concluded, film critic Roger Ebert said the actor embarassed himself.

"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," said Ebert. "He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."

"Is Clint Eastwood meant to instill confidence in republicans?!" asked 'Star Trek's Zachary Quinto. "I am legitimately scared of his talking to imaginary Obama."

Meanwhile, original 'Star Trek' actor George Takei joked he was "drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory."

But Penn Jillette thought that putting Eastwood on stage worked: "If you said to me, Clint Eastwood wants to be on stage -- let him do what he wants," he said. "This doesn't reflect on Mitt Romney. It's just beautiful, wild, goofy and crazy."

Finally, Obama himself responded on Twitter with a one liner along with a photo of his back in the presidential as he said: "This seat's taken."

Watch the complete video of Clint Eastwood's remarks below:

August 31, 2012 |

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