Clint Eastwood Speaks: Here’s What He Was Thinking
September 7, 2012

Once a Cowboy...ALWAYS a Cowboy.

Thanks to Paul Miller of the Carmel PINE CONE newspaper for getting this interview.  It’s great, and Clint basically tells his American fans and his Hollywood colleagues…..don’t be SUCKERS!  Here’s the story.

AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.

Eastwood Was Spontaneous and Authentic

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”
Breaking his silence

Eastwood Spares No Words….

For five days after he thrilled or horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, Eastwood remained silent while pundits and critics debated whether his remarks, and the rambling way he made them, had helped or hurt Romney’s chances of winning in November.

But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday from his home in Pebble Beach, he said he had conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature of his presentation was intentional, too.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

Talking To…The Chair

Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment.

Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

Thanks Clint For Going Out On A LIMB!

And while the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.

“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”

Eastwood is a liberal on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, but he has strongly conservative opinions about the colossal national debt that has accumulated while Obama has been president, his failure to get unemployment below 6 percent, and a host of other economic issues.

“Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff,” Eastwood said.

Last minute decisions

But what — exactly — would he say to the Republican delegates about the $16 trillion national debt and 8.3 percent unemployment rate?

Friends and associates weren’t as much help as he had hoped.

“Everybody had advice for me, except the janitor,” Eastwood said.

Early Thursday morning, when Eastwood left San Jose Airport on a private jet headed for Florida, he was still making up his mind. And even with his appearance just a few hours away, all Eastwood could tell Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, and his aides, was “to reassure them that everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney.”

It was only after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site, Eastwood said, that he mapped out his remarks — starting with his observation about politics in Hollywood, then challenging the president about the failure of his economic policies, and wrapping up by telling the public “they don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something.”

But even then, with just an hour before he appeared on stage, it still hadn’t occurred to Eastwood to use an empty chair as a stand-in for the president.

“I got to the convention site just 15 or 20 minutes before I was scheduled to go on,” he said. “That was fine, because everything was very well organized.”

After a quick trip through airport-style security, he was taken to a Green Room, where Archbishop Dolan of New York sought him out to say hello. Then he was taken backstage to wait for his cue. And that was when inspiration struck.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

He asked a stagehand to take it out to the lectern while he was being announced.

“The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it.’”

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11 Responses to “Clint Eastwood Speaks: Here’s What He Was Thinking
September 7, 2012

  1. I’ve always liked Clint Eastwood, but had no idea our politics were so close!  I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative.  I think what he did at the RNC was definitely inspired!!  And obviously, there are plenty of others who agree!!  God bless America and God bless Clint Eastwood!!!

  2. I don’t care what other people may think of what Clint did the night of the Rebublican Convention. I thought he was brilliant in what he accomplished. I love Clint Eastwood. My father whom passed away 5 years ago called Clint HIS GOD. He achieved what he wanted that night. I’m so glad.

  3. Because I at first didn’t see the chair I couldn’t figure out who he was talking to. When the camera finally included the chair, it made sense. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. WE OWN THIS COUNTRY! Let’s fire the guy who is destroying it. Thank you Mr. Eastwood.

  4. Thank you, Clint Eastwood.  You said what many of us had been thinking.  I have an empty chair outside to remind me of our MIA president.

  5. Clint Eastwood for President

  6. He was outstanding I liked the idea that it came from an honest x politician

  7. Has Clint replaced John Wayne?

  8. I throught Clint Eastwood was great at the convention the Democrats are rude and dis respectful.Clint Eastwood is a great man.

  9. All any of us can see in Obama is an extemely arrogant man, who is running us all down with unemployment and a huge National debt!!!  High gas and food prices that discourage us all, so where is that “change” he was promising us?  I’m now just facing the fact that “his” change was to mke us a policed state under socialism.  I live in the South and the black peeps here don’t know him.  They honestly don’t.  They still have that hold out for faith in him.  It’s a travesty.  He truly is, along with Satan, the biggest hoax perpetrated on the world, as far as I am concerned.  Thank-you, Mr. Eastwood; we are standing alongside you praying and working for “our country”.

  10. Clint Eastwood is such an inspiration in so many ways. 

    What Mr. Eastwood did, by speaking at the Republic National Convention took a lot of guts.   The liberal media and Hollywood liberals will black-ball you and try to make you look bad.  Why?  So no one will speak out against their ideas – no matter how evil they are…

    THANK YOU CLINT EASTWOOD for sticking up for the American people…  I wish more SuperStars would do the same… 

  11. Clint’s delivery was perfect!  He didn’t come onto the stage as a comedian, popping “one-liner” jokes; nor as a pompous speaker with a 10-minute scripted, pre-vetted talk; he said what millions of us average, middle class, tax paying citizens would have said about  OUR  country’s “leadership”, yet would never have the opportunity to be heard.  Yes, he MADE MY DAY!!!