Excerpts from Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech



Here is just some of what Clint Eastwood said at the Republican convention on Aug. 30: 

Thank you very much.   Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Save a little for Mitt.

 I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, what’s a movie tradesman doing out here?  You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin.  At least that is what people think.  That is not really the case.  There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood.  It is just that the conservative
people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.

…  So I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here.  And he’s — I was going to ask him a couple of questions.  But — you know about — I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people
were lighting candles. They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying.  And then finally — and I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country.

 Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously — this administration hasn’t done enough to cure that.  Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may
be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.

(At this point, Eastwood addressed the empty chair beside his lectern.)  

So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?  Do you just — you know — I know — people were wondering — you don’t — handle that OK.

Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you
didn’t close Gitmo.  And I thought, well closing Gitmo — why close that, we spent so much money on it.  But, I thought maybe as an excuse — what do you mean shut up?
OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City.

 I’ve got to to hand it to you.  I have to give credit where credit is due.  You did finally overrule that finally.  And that’s — now we are moving onward.  I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that’s okay.  But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK.
You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing.  We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it — they did there for 10 years.

And so it went. Read the entire transcript here. And then it was over, except for this — 

You want to make my day?

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Excerpts from Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech

  1. Eastwood was brilliant … did it without upstaging Romney.

    • And yet, nobody is talking about Romney. Everyone is talking about Eastwood.

      • I think the problem here may be that TheMrJones has misread the definitions of “brilliant” and “upstage”.

        When the number of people talking about what a train wreck Eastwood’s performance was vastly outnumbers the number of people talking about Romney’s speech AT ALL then to my mind, by definition, Romney has been upstaged by a performance that was anything but brilliant (though I leave open the possibility that Eastwood’s performance could genuinely be called “brilliant” if viewed as a piece of improvised avante guard theatre).

      • Eastwood was talking about Romney.

  2. Why should we care what an actor/director has to say, even if he’s a great actor/director? Just because someone is famous doesn’t automatically make him credible in politics. Oh, Clint, you’re a great man, can you please tell me if this food is fit for eating? I don’t think so. He’s no more an expert on politics than I am. But thanks to the media, he’s now getting a lot of free press, just for… well, you tell us.

    • Seeing as it’s one person one vote, everyone credible in politics. Democracy.

    • Actually Clint has some political experience, as mayor of Carmel, CA, for a number of years…certainly more than a lot of hollywood types who just use their star-status without any hands-on experience in the political arena.

    • So Sean Penn, Oprah, Rosie, Barbra, etc. better shut up too!

    • Tell that to Michael Moore.

  3. What did he say??? Leave the actors on the set so they can rehearse their lines & have several takes to get it right. I like Clint as an actor but as an off-the-cuff speaker he stinks.

    • So you didn’t see him then.

    • Puzzled? Will you be completely lucid when you are that age? What he said was great!

  4. All the liberals will now come out and say the celebrities should stay out of politics. But if it was Rosie Odonnell, Brad Pitt, Oprah, or any of the liberal talking heads, its okay with them. Never see them complaining about the lib actors running off at the mouth.

    • Did anyone say that?

      • He’s desperately hoping they will. After years of conservatives crying about celebrities such as the aforementioned then wetting their pants at the sight of Clint, the best that he can hope for is that liberals prove to be as hypocritical as his fellow conservatives.

  5. You know, I was embarrassed for Clint by all the reports I was hearing and seeing before I had the chance to watch the actual footage. I guess what this all proves is the the largest section of our media is indeed liberal to the core and can complain about just about anything. I actually enjoyed his speech and feel that he hit the mark in so many right places!

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