Clint Eastwood is speaking out to his hometown newspaper about his bizarre appearance at the RNC and "conversation" with an "Invisible Obama."
The 82-year-old Academy Award-winner tells the Carmel Pine Cone that he came into the night with three things he wanted to communicate:
- That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left
- That Obama has broken a lot of the promises
- That people should vote out failed politicians
Mission accomplished, he said. As for the empty chair, Eastwood made it clear to Mitt Romney's campaign early on that he planned to wing his speech.
That is what he did. The empty chair was a last-minute idea.
"There was a stool [backstage], and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," he says. "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 President Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody."
Eastwood then asked a stagehand to place the stool on stage.
Clint says he was initially unaware of the media criticism or the "Eastwooding" meme he sparked, and heard only positive reactions from RNC attendees.
Eastwood believes those shocked by his speech "are obviously on the left," though he is willing to label himself "crazy," at least in a joking way.
"They've got a crazy actor who's 82 years old up there in a suit," says the former mayor of Carmel, Calif. "I was a mayor, they're probably thinking I know how to give a speech."
"But even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks."
Who was the winner of this particular "talk"?