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Watch Clint Eastwood Talk to Invisible Obama at RNC

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens August 30, 2012 at 11:19PM

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.")
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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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This article is related to: Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood at Republican National Convention, Barack Obama, Invisible Obama, Mitt Romney

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