President Barack Obama says he doesn't take the unexpected ribbing Clint Eastwood gave him at the RNC personally. In fact, he remains a big fan of the actor.
“I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” the president told USA Today.
“He is a great actor, and an even better director,” the Commander-in-Chief continued. “I think the last few movies that he’s made have been terrific.”
At the Republican National Convention, Eastwood roused the crowd with a 12-minute oratory that included a satirical interview with an invisible Obama.
The 82-year-old berated the President in the form of an empty chair. "Eastwooding" gave way to countless parodies and earned a place in the pop culture lexicon.
Coverage of Eastwood's speech in recent days eclipsed that of even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took the stage shortly thereafter.
Most observers considered the routine bizarre (for better or worse), with some critics calling it borderline vulgar. Obama, however, was not offended by it.
“One thing about being president or running for president - if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession,” the president said.
Obama, who did Tweet a response to the RNC speech, said not to expect any similar acts at this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“I think we’ll be playing this pretty straight,” he said.
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