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Watch Clint Eastwood Talk to Invisible Obama at RNC

by Caryn James
August 30, 2012 11:19 PM
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There are no words . . . even Rachel Maddow was nearly stunned into silence at the end of Clint Eastwood's bizarre, rambling stand-up routine of a speech at the Republican National Convention. You can read a description - that Clint talked to an empty chair, pretending that President Obama was sitting there. But no description can prepare you for the odd reality of the cringe-worthy performance, part lame vaudeville comedy, part unintentional performance art. (In minutes, there was a Twitter account for "Invisible Obama.")

The Romney campaign quickly tossed  Eastwood under the bus, issuing a statement that said, "His ad libbing was a break from all the political speeches," (as if they hadn't invited him for a political purpose; the one message Eastwood got across was that he thinks Obama should be replaced).

Whatever your politics, you'll see that this was one of the strangest moments in contemporary political theater. Take a look.

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  • nichola | August 31, 2012 11:03 AMReply


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  • lad | August 31, 2012 2:26 AMReply

    What point, that he's senile? Thanks again Republicans. Oh and the next time you invite someone to speak on your behalf, make sure he or she keeps their imaginary friends at home.

  • serpico | August 31, 2012 1:44 AMReply

    Even Rachel Maddow was stunned? Who cares what Rachel Maddow has to say? You already knew her biasness was waiting to jump on every thing he said and did anyway.

    Was it slightly bizzare? Sure. But he got his point across. I basically saw my grandfather up there trying to give a speech, and trying to make jokes that you politely laugh it. I mean, there was a time Clint could communicate better with folks (being a mayor of a California town).
    And since we're taking shots at senior citizens in this article, try visiting a nursing home if you want all out bizzare.

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