Clint Eastwood made someone’s day at the RNC earlier this week by standing up to endorse Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s candidacy. Deviating from the norm, Eastwood’s really strange schtick was to interview an empty bar stool, pretending that Barack Obama was sitting on it.
The surreal, somewhat rambling scene was like an extended Waldorf & Statler sketch, only Waldorf wasn’t there.
“I’ve got Mr Obama sitting here,” Eastwood announced to baffled sniggers before embarking on a 10-minute-long stream of consciousness ramble about the state of the world today.
Rocking the geriatric bedhead look
Statler Eastwood kicked off by outing fellow Oscar-winner Jon Voight — “terrific guy” — as a Republican, and in the process probably giving Voight’s daughter, Angelina Jolie, yet another reason to not invite the old man over for Thanksgiving.
Next up was Eastwood’s take on President Obama’s election night, which included a dig at perennial Republican target Oprah Winfrey: “It was great. Everyone’s crying … Oprah was crying … I was even crying,” he added, before the punchline: “I haven’t cried that hard since I found out there’s 28 million unemployed people in this country.”
The erstwhile Mayor of Carmel then went on to joke about GITMO and the folly of going to war in Afghanistan before labelling an entire profession as being unfit to govern.
“I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway,” he declared in full-on angry grandpa mode.
“They’re always taught to argue everything [and] weigh both sides … they’re always devil’s-advocating this, bifurcating this, bifurcating that and all that stuff …”
Perhaps sensing he was losing the crowd to the free buffet Eastwood rallied with a rousing one-two punch. First, he called Mitt Romney “a ‘stellar’ businessman.” Then, his coup de grace: “We own this country!” he said.
As the crowd went wild the camera picked on the oh-so-bored Paul Ryan who suddenly leapt to attention in that eye-popping way only achievable with the aid of a cattle prod applied directly to the testicles.
Meanwhile Ryan’s wife Janna managed to momentarily tear herself away from the important task of flicking her hair to cheer on the grumpy old man who occasionally shuffles around in the background on Mrs Eastwood & Company.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Clint Eastwood and his empty chair homage to Waldorf & Statler …
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