What Clint Eastwood still believes in
September 18th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

What Clint Eastwood still believes in

Clint Eastwood will stop by Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show today and, just as "Saturday Night Live" couldn't avoid parodying it, Eastwood will have to talk about that empty chair.

Not that he has any regrets. As DeGeneres points out in a clip from Tuesday's show, the 82-year-old actor/director isn't making any apologies. Say what you will about his talk with an invisible President Obama, but does Eastwood care?

That'd be a "no," he tells DeGeneres.

Eastwood explains his RNC speech

Eastwood gave his first interview about the infamous empty chair speech to HLN's Nischelle Turner.

The reaction was "interesting," Eastwood continues. "The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile, and the Republicans knew I was. But it was actually just trying to enjoy myself in a way."

And while his speech was given at the Republican National Convention, he's really more of a Libertarian, Eastwood tells DeGeneres.

"Libertarian values, that's where Republicans used to be, when they were saving money and everything. Libertarian means you're sort of socially ... you leave everybody alone, but you believe in fiscal responsibility and you believe in government staying out of your life. I still believe in that," Eastwood says. "When I was 21 years old and started voting, I sort of became a Republican because that's the way they were thinking. But in the last few years, both sides have spent like drunken sailors."

With all of the political talk, it may be easy to forget that Eastwood's still a movie star, but his latest project, "Trouble with the Curve," opens Friday.


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    There is no . . . . Yeti

    September 25, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Heidi

    Mr. Eastwood is a talented actor. Actors are hired to entertain and communicate to as audience. He certainly did that. I disagree with his polotics but if his skit made an poor impression the canidate has made and continues tomake a far worse one.

    September 23, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. glennwharris

    I c what u want . . . . Mayo. Gdub glenn

    September 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. glennwharris

    I c what u want . . .mayo. Gdub glenn

    September 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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  9. wendy

    first off im white n im voting obama...but i think its funny how any white person who doesn't vote obama just has 2 be racist...everything isn't about race...i love black ppl but i can tell you this ~ if there were a better candidate i would definitely vote for him or her cuz i don't wanna vote obama either but i would rather vote obama than romney! sicka ppl with complexes

    September 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. five finger tight grip

    wanna see his new movie later or next week.....very last movie....

    September 21, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kedar sapkota

    I dont care what he believes but i love his movie and i am waiting for new movie.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Flat Eastwoods

    *

    September 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Edward Goss Sr./First City Capital Corporation CEO

    Eastwood is a favorite of ours.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Senta Stone

    Clint is all man!

    September 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David Stone

    Clint Eastwood is what America is all about,

    September 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Hollywood

    Mr. Eastwood should stick to acting as that is his arena of excellence.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Walt Coogan

      ... and filmmaking. Eastwood is an award-winning producer and director and he's probably a better director than an actor, having received four Oscar nominations for Best Director, winning twice.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sani Aliyu Ahmad

    Das my Actor nd my Hero,the Good

    September 20, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      You hero supports a party that believes in butchering you Muslims by millions. LOL. Good luck with your hero worship.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Likely

    janine..this was the guy next to us talking to an empy chair–remember?

    September 20, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. clare

    To rob: he's white comment. grow up. where have you been. no one in thw usa is not mixed. with another race. are you hiding in the so called white race. you know you are mixed too.

    September 20, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. glennwharris

    Reply 2 Busd . . . . Yeah hes white but your mother is not. Gdub glenn

    September 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. glennwharris

    Reply 2 your name here . . . .no not a lazy black or mexican. Im a Black mexican who worked hard on your mother last night. Gdub glenn

    September 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. '70's Survivor

    Clint believes in Clint. Oh and Jaegermeister. He might even like Nyq**l

    September 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jack

    Its ridiculous and almost offensive to say Eastwood has more to do with a Romney downfall than Romney himself. Hes just an actor. Blind party lovers will find anything to throw at each other. Im proud to be a non-voter this year and will rewatch all the Eastwood i can.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You shouldn't waste your vote. If more people started voting outside the traditional big two parties, maybe politicians would start getting it. Vote Libertarian or Green. Start looking into the other parties like the Modern Whigs, but don't sit idly by just hoping that things will change for the better. Help make them change.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jrhodeisland

    I love his movies, but know he is removed from social issues just like Romney. Carmel by the Sea where he was mayor has the highest avg income in the Nation. Its an Art Community, and the local laws are very restrictive. Just read property owners could not rent their property for under 30 days there. Businesses cannot have neon signs, live music, etc. Couldn't find out how he felt about local government imposing these restrictions, or if he approved them when he was mayor. So he was mayor of an exclusionary little rich community. Entertainers entertain, GOP was BIG STAGE.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  25. gerard thomas

    The reason why bcz the president his black. Mr eastwood show no respect. And romney enjoy it, that's a shanm.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. jason

    Clint love ya... GARY JOHNSON 2012 libertarian the way to be let gary debate cause without him in the debates it will be a statist press conference....

    September 19, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. Stacia

    Saw him on Ellen yesterday and he couldn't have been nicer. He is such a nice guy. If you didn't see the interview watch it on Ellen.com Stop passing judgment on him because of one convention speech and open your small, narrow minds. If Obama and Ellen like him then he can't be a bad guy.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  28. Rob

    I love Clint Eastwood. I typically hate to the hear politics from an Actor. But, I love Clint Eastwood.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  29. Busd

    At least he's white.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
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    Like tuco told blondie...it has 2 hold the weight of a pig. Gdub glenn

    September 19, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
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    September 19, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      If this bores you so much, then why do you bother reading/commenting on the article? Is it because you are a loser and have no life?

      September 19, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  32. glennwharris

    Like tuco told blondie . . . It has 2 hold the weight of a pig. Fk clint eastwood. Gdub Glenn

    September 19, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
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  36. Walt Coogan

    For those who want to know, here are Eastwood's basic positions:

    pro-choice

    pro-gay marriage

    pro-environmental protection

    pro-gun control

    pro-civil rights

    anti-censorship

    anti-war

    pro-homeowner bailouts

    pro-Simpson-Bowles

    Unfortunately, he disagrees with the Romney/Ryan ticket on each and every one of those counts.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      They are too stupid to put forth the effort to learn anything about him when instead they can just bash on him and sound stupid instead. If they watched him on Ellen yesterday they would have learned something

      September 19, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Walt Coogan

    Why did the CNN blog remove the word "liberal" after "socially" from Eastwood's comments? He stated, "socially liberal."

    September 19, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Elbert

      If you need to ask that question then you don't understand what CNN is about.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Fabian

      Before accusing CNN of censorship, maybe you ought to listen to the video twice... What he says is: "A libertarian; that means you, sort of, socially leave everybody alone, and that you believe in fiscal responsibility and that you believe in government staying out of your life." Rather than focusing on the commonly used (and abused) concepts of liberalism and conservatism, he chooses to define libertarianism in a broader sense.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. Name*Jack Republican

    Clint rocks! Vote Republican!!!

    September 19, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. Soda

    It's called Alzheimer's with a big dash of stupid.

    September 19, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  40. SKY

    FACT: HE IS A ACTOR......NOT A REAL COWBOY, A HERO, A WAR HERO, A POLICE, "ACTOR"
    FOR MOVIES, THAT'S HIS JOB. HE IS A GOOD ACTOR. HE HAS BEEN ACTING FOR MANY
    MANY YEARS.

    September 19, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mammy says

    Is there a swimming pool nearby? I feel a massive dump coming on...

    September 19, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  42. LC

    He forgot his glasses and couldn't read the prompts, no speech on paper neither. Had to go it on his own. The chair was for him case he needed to sit his old a z z down. He said it himself. Clint was good in his day, day over. That the first time I thought he looked like a d@mn fool.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Walt Coogan

      Uh ... that's not what Eastwood said. The issue wasn't the lack of his glasses because he was never planning to read prepared remarks and he asked that the chair be placed there not to sit down (as the Romney aide mistakenly believed), but as a spur-of-the-moment theatrical device.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  43. Curly

    Eastwood for president

    September 19, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  44. Susie

    Nothing Clint Eastwood could say would make me think less of him. He is an incredible actor, director and person. I will always admired him and what he stands for. I am not a Republican or a Democrat and feel both sides out of touch. So I guess I would have to agree with Mr. Eastwood on his politics – tho I don't think he should have spoke at any convention having said that.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. I

    still like him too.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  46. dotheflippin'math

    I am still shocked by his hateful comments calling the President a "hoax," and his nasty comeback to the President's classy "I still like him" response to the rambling (one-sided) empty chair insult. He just joined Mel Gibson as the only other actor on my "too offensive to watch" list. He's either bigoted, mean-spirited, or both. I could forgive him if these were the rantings of a senile/dementia afflicted elderly man, but the truth is this is how the man feels. I'm just curious how much he was paid for his performance. To his one credit, and credibility/reliability as a paid spokesman, he has stood by his words. Maybe the Klan can book him as a speaker for their next Grand Wizard convention.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walt Coogan

      In response to Obama's response, Eastwood called Obama "charming" and "gracious."

      September 19, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  47. GoRomney

    Youre a true American Clint Eastwood, and my political values emulate yours precisely... Let's get back to a tougher, hardworking America

    September 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. lovejazz

    didn't know that....funny ... i was at the blue note 2 wks ago. ha.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. CyberClickRadio

    No matter what his political leanings are I still like his movies and really appreciate his love of Jazz music.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Martin

    This speech was in support of a GOP candidate who refuses to apologize for anything, and people think Clint has regrets?

    September 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lou50

    What a crock, his comments were right on and the sheeples better get some help as the rest of use are tired of paying for their stupidity and the money has run out!

    September 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. John in Texas

    Vote Republican (it's easier than thinking)

    September 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brian

    If people are born gay doesnt that make it a birth defect? If it is a birth defect wonder if its treatable?

    September 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou50

      Thanks for asking and yes it is. It is called getting the genetic marker that causes it and applying the Liberal supported abortion technique. That will correct it. Thanks to the liberals abortion is available like it is for children that would be born without brains and other defects like you suggest!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Lou-youre an idiot. Abprtion is used by many women-dems and repubs-its been legal for 40 years now-aint going anywhere! and birth control, which is a form of abortion in some instances, is used by over 95% of women at some point in their life. Being gay is normal and healthy and a variant seen in over 1500 species of animals., Being GOP though, is mental retardation.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • carrie

      Is stupidity a birth defect?..With such uneducated meanderings please do us all a favor and don't reproduce!

      September 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crazy legs

      dumb

      September 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. drinker75

    If he doesn't like the Republicans either, why the heck was he speaking at the convention?

    September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  55. NanH

    I'm a total democrat, but when you listen to Clint talking about his empty chair speech and what he was trying to say it makes sense, seems like he just got to theatrical.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Clint Isn't A Phoney

    Wait, in which of Clint's appearances does he play a wealthy bully, out to steal from the good, and hurt the poor?

    Just the one at the RNC. And it was a lousy performance.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. ritmocojo

    Thanks Uncle Harry.
    You made my day by spoiling Romney's night.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Scott

    If we followed the Libertarian way, Europe would be called Germany today.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Not well written

    she's been analyzed most of it is in circles and garbage...

    September 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  60. PeterD

    ‘America, our problems can not be solved’ by President Barack Obama because He is the Weakest Link of All.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Not at all true.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      President Obama is a huge improvement over the last Republican president who not only couldn't solve problems, he caused them.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottisatool

      please Susan and observer give me factual examples. Otherwise go back to kissing your Barry idols nether region.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  61. FFT

    bear is not the butt of jokes–sybs is....

    September 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mike H.

    Speaking of Libertarians... Ron Paul was the only candidate worth voting for. Unfortunately, the Republicans wouldn't give him a chance... and now look at the pathetic Romney...

    September 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • littlejohn

      I still like Gary Johnson and will vote for him. Of course I realize he has no chance but I do hope he garners enough votes to make a statement to the donkeys and mamoths...

      September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack M.

      Wonder how much campaign money Ron Paul pocketed this cycle. Pretty good gig for a ol boy from Texas.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skott

      I would have voted for Paul, but now I feel Obama is the lesser of two evils, so my votes going to him.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  63. us_1776

    Libertarians are a strange breed.

    They are almost more socially liberal than the Democrats.

    And way more fiscally conservative than the Republicans.

    And they believe in a govt that fits on a postage stamp which 200 years ago was fine but today is very dangerous in a world of big govts that can bully.

    .

    September 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • laodegan

      "Big Govt" that can bully: That's exactly why we libertarians would prefer the Government fit on a postage stamp.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sumsanity

    I want the next four years to be just like these last four, high unemployment, bigger government, higher taxes, less freedom, NO BUDGET, no improvement on the horizon, so I guess we'd better keep Obama.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes Scott

      I'm with YOU – let's keep Obama for another four years. And, let's give him a solid majority in the US Senate and House so that we can then have lower unemployment, lower taxes on the middle class and fair taxes on the uberwealthy, fewer foreign wars, a balanced budget, more freedom once we do away with Bush's DHS, warrantless wiretaps, FISA Court and spying on American citizens, smaller government and PLENTY of improvement on the horizon, all of which have been blocked by a do-nothing RepubliKKKan-controlled House to the detriment of the American people because their stated agendy was to make sure Obama was a one-term President.

      The only way to describe the Romney Presidency is "NONE AND DONE!"

      September 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      I want the next four years to be like the Bush years ended where we had a president who frequently couldn't compose proper English sentences, a half million people losing jobs each month, two wars including an optional $1,000,000,000,000 war started for false reasons, a plummeting stock market, and a president who didn't care about the person who caused 9/11.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Keep voting those teabaggers in, and that's exactly what we'll get.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sumsanity

      Some people just don't comprehend sarcasm. OK. This stagnant economy is Obama's failure. You lemmings who want America to fail keep voting for a proven failure. Me, like most sane Americans are going to give a proven success like Romney a chance..

      September 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Mitt was born rich. How exactly is he a proven success?

      September 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  65. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    I have always been a Clint Eastwood fan and I felt bad for him as his showing during the Republican convention was simply that of a man, past his prime, who appeared to be in the early stanges of dimentia. How could those running the convention let this happen and put this good man on national stage and let him embarass himself to the point that he is now the butt of many jokes? I believe Mitt Romney to be a good man and my bet is he had no idea that Eastwood would behave in such a way but the Romney staff showed clearly their lack of good judgement.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Mara

    want to see clint-coming to see you but if ever....silence is golden.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. throwdown(m)

    will you shut up–thank you

    September 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  68. CitizenJP

    Mr. Eastwood, let me tell you something. Your money, name, fame, status, everything is not made independently by you alone. They are because of the system and without the system you are no body. Therefore, you cannot make all the money and fame etc. on the back of the system and then tell the system to leave you alone and become a libertarian. That comes from utter ignorance. That said, I find you a very talented director.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Bonsal

      Tell me please what "system" do you claim Eastwood piggy backed? Do you mean that the "system" gave him the his skill and artistic abilities? Do you mean that federal, state, and local government red tape, taxes and nonsense facilitated his rise?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      He's obviously referring to the RAG – Republican Actor's Guild.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Donald in CA

    Clint, it will be on your tombstone that you helped romney lose the election. Even republicans found your acting a fool chair act tired. Maybe its time to hit the rocking chair, look for the mailman and watch CNN.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. gurusilence

    take your back meds that day and shut up.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. gurusilence

    take you back meds that day and shut up.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  72. harleydavidson

    Come and join the Libertarian Party, everyone. The water is fine. Ron Paul is not crazy as both the Republicans and Democrats would have you believe. I believe there is a huge population that are more in line with Libertarian than with the 2 major parties combined. But because of our 2 party monopoly, people are forced to choose between the 2 evils. I think if people really vote their conscience, most will go Libertarian. Take this short quiz to find out what your political inclination is. You just might be a Libertarian. http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz

    September 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      The only side I will get on is to say people like Clint Eastwood initially gets their sales and most of their money from the people he makes comments about but still ask to come pay outrageous prices for the movies he star in and direct. The empty chair concept sent a strong message. He's not confused. He knew actually what he was doing. He's promoting his new movie that will probably have empty chairs.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes Scott

      Is it true that the Libertarian Party headquarters is in a sanitarium? That would make sense since so many of its ideas are straight out of la la land. Doing away with the Department of Education? Doing away with the EPA? Doing away with the Department of Defense? Are Libertarians really THAT out of touch with reality?

      I don't like the two party system either, but I am surely not going to select the Libertarian Party as a viable alternative. That would just give us a President like Ron Paul, or worst still like Rand Paul.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Blackflag

    Man I wish it was possible to be intelligent and still respect Clint Eastwood at the same time. Personally, I didn't particularly care about his speech one way or the other. I thought it was senile and heavily slanted, but not deeply offensive. However, this back-tracking on his political views the week before his new film comes out his sickening. If you are a Libertarian why are you speaking at the GOP convention? If you feel both parties are equally irresponsible, why did you heavily bash one and fully endorse the other. For a man who built a reputation of being unafraid to speak his mind he sure has proven himself to be a truly convictionless coward in his twilight years. So sad. Mark my words, he will have words of praise for Obama following his reelection this fall.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      " truly convictionless coward in his twilight years". Nice, very nice. You're a real class act and brilliant debater.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes Scott

      I agree with your assessment of Eastwood becoming "a truly convictionless coward in his twilight years." He either learned his doublespeak from Mitt, or else he taught Mitt how to do it.

      I say the exact same thing about Ron Paul. If he truly does believe in his claimed Libertarian mantra, then why is he still a RepubliKKKan? People in the GOP know that their supporters are dumb enough to fall for the pretense of being something other a radical RepubliKKKan whenever it serves their purpose. Clint is trying to buy back his stupid statements so that he does not lose sales at the box office. TOO LATE! The cat is already out of the bag, not that Clint cares – he already has all the money he will ever need.

      I have been a huge Eastwood fan until this GOP Convention, but that is now past history, and he will make no more money off me.

      September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blackflag

      Mark, if you feel my debate skills are lacking why don't you respond with something other than dull sarcasm? Clint Eastwood did, in fact, show himself to be lacking the courage of his convictions by completely and blatantly back-tracking on his RNC comments just days before his new film hits theaters. Debate that, genius.

      Just because you don't like the sound of it doesn't make it false. You can debate me and lose, or you can rethink your ignorant perspectives and win. Your call, assuming you are capable of free thought of course.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Clint Eastwood

    I think, I was about to yarrr, and then across the pond a turtle? Polar bears! And like I said, er, duh, and you better not tell me again if I was to dance with Sarah poodle powder pop, a big gun by cracky, and cheese. Millennium hand, and shrimp.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RyGuy

      Heh heh heh... Thanks for the Terry Pratchett... Ah, I needed that.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. dave

    I suspect there will be many more empty seats at the Hogs Breath for Clint to talk to, from now on.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      You people take things too personally. I believe that BHO would be a great dinner guest, a wonderful companion at a ball game and a pretty satirical conversationalist. I TOTALLY disagree with 75% of his Party's positions, but I don't spew vitriol such as most Liberals do when attacking Republicans. I would also really enjoy having a few beers with Mr. Eastwood at the Hogs Breath. I believe 99% of Americans would agree with me.... Present company excluded.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Snapp

      He has not owned Hog's Breath Inn (or any part of it) for years.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bock

    As a (Conservative/Libertarian voting) Democrat, I still find that Clint Eastwood did a great one-man-show with no prompter, no paper and only a chair, proving he is and still remains a great actor (and a good story teller/director in the last movies). This exercise is much harder than it looks, even with that type of crowd that would have cheered at everything (especially after the other speakers).
    He paused a bit too much, slowing the pace of the show to a crawl, several times. And even if I do not agree with the message, his act was the highlight of the Republican Convention (and that is a sad statement for what has become the Republican Party).
    I now feel better that he defines himself as a Libertarian (which is more in synch with his movies), bashing money in politics, cause of the bipolar disorder slowly destroying America.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "As a (Conservative/Libertarian voting) Democrat, I still find that Clint Eastwood did a great one-man-show with no prompter, no paper and only a chair, proving he is and still remains a great actor" Really? Is that what it takes to believe it was successful? As a less-biased observer, I agree with the entire world that he made a fool of himself and upstaged Romney's babbling speech. Nice of him to beat Mitt up like that.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  77. DogIt

    the ceo of one of the most famous firms in the world didn't have college education and made 4 billion a quarter for
    18 years- so stfu....

    September 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  78. its hysterical...

    -

    September 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  79. opportunist

    GIVE THE OLD FOOL A BREAK!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      The "Old Fool" was simply articulating what most of us feel. We don't want to put our feelings into words for fear of being labeled Racist by the likes of the uninformed such as David R. Scott

      September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      Oh, I forgot. If we don't care for Mr. Obama's policies, we're also LYING BIGOTS, Yeah, right...

      September 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  80. the_dude

    The limp-wristed crowd can bash Clint all they want.....notice we don't ever hear ofailure voters get this excited about the economy or wars of terror orforeign policy all the things ofailure has failed at.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes Scott

      Are you serious? Of course not! What you stated is preposterous to the Nth degree. Most of us "ofailure" voters opposed starting two Middle East wars based upon false and manufactured evidence before W and the RepubliKKKan Party started singing patriotic songs and demanding that we go kill ragheads, and we still oppose those senseless wars that bankrupted our country. I guess you forgot who got us into this mudhole. It was W!

      September 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  81. David R. Scott

    THIS MAN IS A LYING BIGOT... JUST LIKE ROMNEY....I DO NOT TRUST CLINT ANYMORE...NOR WILL I EVER GO SEE ONE OF HIS MOVIES.... CLINT IS A RACIST AND LYING BIGOT...CLINT IS THE GREEDY, LYING ONE PERCENT.... SCREW YOU CLINT.
    YOU ARE UNFORGIVEN!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • timinfla

      screw you your a blind idiot

      September 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Honry

      That's so funny, LOL, Clint a racist! He said nothing of race. What are you a lazy black or mexican sitting at home on benefits so you feel he's attacking you?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      He's not a racist, but you are.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      Me thinks thou doth protest to much.....

      September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CLS

      David: Does your mommy know you are playing on the computer? You really shouldn't do that without adult supervision.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Read Pickens

      Did you realize your caps lock is stuck? It makes you look foolish.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  82. The Realist

    Clint Eastwood: High School Graduate

    Clint Eastwood: No experience working without a script..

    Clint Eastwood: Half-baked thoughts, and a half-assed performance.

    Clint Eastwood: Four years from now, he'll speak to Republicans wearing a drool-cup.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • timinfla

      He was spot on!
      Vote Obama for free food, cell phones money- what he is doing to this country is disgusting.
      ROMNEY 21012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • soulcatcher

      yes Romney in 21012 sounds about right, 19000 more years to go. Facts or reality what are those?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • timinfla

      soulcatcher???? how gay

      September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  83. sybil

    please

    September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  84. we are educated so much from you ----

    gaaaaaaaaagaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Pedro

    Clint is emblematic of yesterday's America, white christian capitalist. He sees too late the power slipping. Obama is tomorrow's America, multiethnic secular socialists. Democracy is a numbers game, one man one vote. You outvoted, Clint!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  86. we learn so much from blogging

    baaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa -–

    September 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Chang

    Scary part of the the whole thing is that Clint REALLY thought Obama was sitting there,...CLint you old goat you!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jesse

    Beyonce to friends: Come to my husbands bar the 40/40 club and pay 40k per plate to have dinner with my main Man Mr. Obama, and afterwards if you like you can pay another $12,500 to have a photo with Mr. Obama.

    Don't worry friends only us 1% can attend, so no one will be there to interrupt our night.

    Luv, Beyonce

    September 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      jesse... big teabagger rally tonight at the Walmart. Free autographed copies of Sarah Palin's crosshairs poster for the first 25 baggers. You going ?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      At this rate Obama will have enough money to compete with the Pope.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • timinfla

      LOL right on!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  89. geneticroadkill

    I love Clint and understood what he spoke about at the convention. I don't believe he hurt the campaign; such drama queens with the comments; men included. Get over yourself, divas.

    I'm a middle of the road person; where are the rest of my peeps?? If I decide to vote Republican, it doesn't make me a taliban member, an anti-abortionist, a born again nutcase, or an anti-gay person. Stereotypes. It means I voted for the other guy the last time around and I think he sucks.

    Americans are too rigid now; such extremes.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      You are a piece of blank paper blowing in the wind. You have no ideology or value system. You are obviously thinking only of yourself if you would throw gay Americans under the bus and vote for Romney.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClintE

      Get real, Cindy, how is voting for Romney throwing gays under the bus?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      I'm constantly surprised at the ignorance regarding the Republican party and gay Americans. Perhaps you are too young to know the horrible history of Republicans and the generational fight against gay rights. Let me just add one horrible tidbit because of time and space. Only two Republican Senators (female), voted with the majority Democrats to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Republicans have never seen the human worth of gay Americans and have done everything in their power to make certain that any advances that they make are piecemeal and done without their assistance.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      " If I decide to vote Republican, it doesn't make me a taliban member, an anti-abortionist, a born again nutcase, or an anti-gay person." Sorry, it does. And when you eat at Chick-Fil-A, you are in effect hiring someone to beat up gay people. Welcome to the wide world of being a grownup, where nothing is like your mom said it would be. Actions have consequences, grasshopper, and your vote empowers some nasty people.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      It may not mean you are a taliban nut-case, but it does mean that you are willing to put taliban nutcases in power. If you don't subscribe to their ideology think that's actually worse. They have been trying to legislate their religious beliefs for over 30 years and have had effective control of the Republican party for almost 20.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  90. guys 2:45 afternoon laugh...

    baaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa

    she's hysterical!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Hugh Jass

    His biggest problem, of course, is that The Empty Chair always stands for the man who has been silenced. The man who is imprisoned, murdered, silenced by his opposition, which is exactly where the GOP stands on Obama. They prefer to debate an imaginary Obama who can't talk back, and Mitt is going to humiliate himself in the debates unless he can grasp reality.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jesse

    So I hear Jay Z and Beyonce are throwing a plate dinner for Obama, but looks like only the 1% can attend, since plates are $40,000 dollars per person.

    Wonder if there will be any secret recording of Jay Z and the Big Obama smoking cigars and talking about how they are Big pimping Americans into the stone age?

    Funny how liberals notice all the wrongs with others but they never look in the mirror at their on hypocrisy.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClintE

      Exactly, Jesse. You hit the nail on the head, but the libs will never admit that...

      September 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kramer

      It takes a lot of money to run for the presidency. What is your point?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse's girl

      "Wonder if there will be any secret recording of Jay Z and the Big Obama smoking cigars and talking about how they are Big pimping Americans into the stone age?" No, not likely. What a weird fantasy that is. They'd just join the GOP and say it openly if they felt that way. You sure seem threatened by the notion that black folks can hold a fundraiser and collect more money than you will ever see. Now, go outside and mow the lawn.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      It's a fundraiser. How else do you expect them to raise funds with it? Think before you open your mouth.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  93. guys 2:30pm afternoon laugh

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHUCK

      His little skit was tolerable except when he started putting words in the invisible President's mouth like go f_ _ k yourself. That part became very uncomfortable and painful to watch. His delivery was a big, long stutter.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpip

      @Chuck- even better when he gave him credit for the war in Afghanistan.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  94. H.Corey

    great guy

    September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  95. That makes sense?

    Then why didn't you state your position outright instead of the theatrics?
    You supported drunken sailor #2, so that doesn't make sense, Harry.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • clara

      My sentiments exactly. If you are independent, then why show up at the Republican National Convention and mock the president? Obviously you prefer one big spender over the next.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jim

    The empty chair routine is getting old that is why we need a change in Washington. Just because we have a president now doesn't mean the chair is full so all you blogging about the empty chair routine you are right it is getting old. So let's vote for a president this time and not to see history made. Then maybe the empty chair routine won't be around for four more years. Keep up the good work Clint. The reason some of these people on this page don't like you is because you are older and wiser then them.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnes

      His routine suggested that the president repeated the words: Go f_ _ k yourself! That was chilling, especially coming from the holier than thou crowd.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  97. no dish just a butch

    clint baby ... come inside.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  98. concordantmind

    Of course he doesn't have an regrets. Everybody thinks they are right. :)

    September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  99. huuuuggeeeeee Rear

    republican

    September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  100. DogIt

    democrat

    September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  101. palintwit

    If I were Sarah Palin I'd drive over to the nearest hardware store and swallow copious amounts of Drano.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Name Here

      If you were Sarah Palin, everyone would think you were hot instead of the idiot you are!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  102. TennBob

    Aw, come on...

    Eastwood's bit was the most creative, most enjoyable part of either convention. Forget the political labels; we need less government, spending less money. Who gives us the better chance of doing that? Romney, and no doubt about it.

    If you are for more government and more spending, vote the big O. Our form of government is on a precarious footing. If you plan on voting for Obama, enjoy it while you can.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  103. sly

    Was that Eastwood? I thought it was Charlton Heston they hauled out of his coffin.

    This man is the perfect anti-American to represent Flip the Twit.

    I am surprised that the GOP found people with less intelligence than Sarah Palin. I never thought I'd say that.

    Thank you GOP for handing real Americans another 4 years.

    Ho ho ho what a bunch of bozo's: insulting our military, justifying rape, and now calling 50% of Americans stupid.

    Ho ho ho .. Christmas is early this year.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Congrats.... Everything you just said carried "0" weight.... wish their were more like you.... Obama would never have been in office in the first place.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      You are still worrying about how President Obama was elected in the 1st place?

      How about the 2nd place.

      4 More Years! And then Hillary.

      America is heading in the right direction ... and it aint' towards the 2 top GOP stars Sarah Palin and Flip the Twit.

      Ho ho ho ... Christmas came early this year. Thank you Santa Romney for sacrificing 50% of the US vote right off the top!

      September 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Don't forget their hatred of gay Americans. Not everyone wants to breed with reckless abandon and populate the world to a breaking point.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  104. DogIt

    k?

    September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Che

    Clint Eastwood is part of the one percent and all his wealth needs to be re distributed to the suffering downtrodden lazy dope smokers and illegal aliens in California. Viva la Revolucion!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Derrick

    Boycott!!! Now he's trying to split the middle. Liar!!! He is Republican as Republican can get. Now to say (I'm not a politician), then why open your big mouth? BOYCOTT!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      More like he is a Republican but due to "republicans" today are so far right Reagan would be seen as a Liberal

      September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Josh

    "But in the last few years, both sides have spent like drunken sailors."

    Too bad he didn't say that at the convention.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      or mention when u inherit a previous dolts war u r FORCED to pay for it

      September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  108. WHALEWATCH

    your total value is beyond compare

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Danny

    Republicans "staying out of your life"? The biggest lie ever told. Republicans always claim small government but always push for laws that impedes a citizens privacy or right for choice. So contradictory in every way

    September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  110. WhaleWatch

    i love this man he's a class act.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  111. bspurloc

    odd Government stay out of our lives but the GOP christian taliban DEMANDS to be in our bedrooms and lives....

    September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Hugh Jass

    It was nice of him to help kill Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, but Mitt didn't really need any help dumping the voters, and I'd rather have kept my respect for Eastwood. And I used to respect Libertarians more before they joined the Ayn Rand Anarchists and came out against handicapped parking spaces. A plague on both your houses; I'll vote Democrat. Obama 2012, Mitt 1040.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  113. john

    Great skit and I think the point was made. I agree with the idea that my conservative values are being better represented by Libertarians these days than the bunch of religious zealots that have control of the GOP.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • aubrie

      where is the LIBERTARIAN candidate when we so desperately need one???????

      September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      There are a lot of high level conversations today among GOP leders to toss out Flip the Twit.

      Twit is heading towards a 60%-30% beatdown, and I would not be surprised to see him resign as the GOP candidate as early as next week.

      Maybe you'll get your 'libertarian', whatever that is.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  114. derp

    One of my all time favorite actors. But he made a complete as s of himself with that stupid empty chair routine.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Fred

    I liked the Outlaw Jose Wales clip where he spits a big chaw of tabacco on the snake oil salesman's jacket and inquires, "Does it clean stains?" He should've done that to Smellin Degenerate.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      As drunk as Eastwood was, I'm surprised he didn't spit up all over the 'empty chair'.

      Wow ... who hates our military and 50% of Americans worse: Flip the Twit or Clint 'Charleton Hestons Ghost' Eastwood?

      I never thought I'd see a day where the candidate from a party actually states "I hate half of Americans". Sounds kinda Nazi-like I'd say.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |

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