Eastwood’s conversation with chair was unrehearsed surprise
At last month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood gave an intriguing speech.
The improvised speech featured an empty chair with which Eastwood pretended to have a conversation. The chair was meant to represent current President Barak Obama.
“I got Mr. Obama sitting here and I was gonna ask him a couple questions,” Eastwood said, turning his head toward the bare stool.
“Mr. President, how do you handle promises you made when you were running for election?” he asked. “What do you say to people?”
But Eastwood cut off the interviewee: “I’m not gonna shut up. It’s my turn,” he said.
And then, again, to the chair: “What do you want me to tell Mr. Romney?”
“I can’t tell him to do that,” Eastwood responded. “He can’t do that to himself. You’re absolutely crazy. You’re getting as bad as Biden!”
In the only interview since his appearance, Eastwood said that his speech was not vetted by the Romney and Ryan campaign, like most other speeches. Eastwood told staffers that they could not vet the speech because he said “I don’t know what I’m going to say.”
Eastwood continued, expressing the point that the idea of the chair did not occur to him until just before he was set to appear. A staffer asked him if he wanted to sit and he thought “I’ll just put the chair out there and talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made.”