Eastwood: Mission accomplished

posted at 10:41 am on September 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s been a week since Clint Eastwood stepped off the stage at the Republican convention, creating a lot of headscratching among political analysts but also an enduring vision of Barack Obama.  The former mayor of Carmel has remained silent since, preferring to let his performance speak for itself.  Today, though, the local newspaper Carmel Pine Cone published an exclusive interview with the Hollywood legend, who says he did exactly what he intended — to expose Barack Obama as “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” (via Instapundit):

But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday, he said he had conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature of his presentation was intentional, too.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment. …

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

Be sure to read it all, but this is also a keeper:

Eastwood said people, including reporters, who were shocked by his remarks “are obviously on the left,” and he maintained that, while many Americans didn’t like the way he handled his convention appearance, millions more have something else on their minds.

“A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama,” Eastwood said.

And they’re still talking about it today.  I doubt that will be true of Scarlett Johansson or Kerry Washington, who delivered brief and banal remarks at the Democratic convention last night.  Johansson is an A-lister, but it’s not exactly shocking news when a Hollywood celebrity endorses a Democrat for … well, anything.  Few would have tuned in to see what they had to say, and the networks didn’t carry their speeches anyway.  Eastwood’s inclusion in the prime-time slot for the last night of the convention was intended to draw the curious to see what he’d say in support of Mitt Romney — and have them stick around for the candidate afterward.

That’s also mission accomplished.


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Dude !! The whole convention is for naught if the candidate blows the big speech.
And by all accounts, he blew it big time.
Even if he had delivered last night, the balloon was popped by this morning’s job report.
Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

If you compare the bumps from the respective conventions, I bet Mittens wishes he “blew it big time” like O did.

Constantine on September 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

If you compare the bumps from the respective conventions, I bet Mittens wishes he “blew it big time” like O did.

Constantine on September 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Meh. There hasn’t been enough time for Obozo’s disastrous speech to impact the polls yet. But thanks for trying, Copronymus! /

Benedict Nelson on September 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

How do we thank Clint Eastwood.

earlgrey133 on September 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

If Romney can this bring this home, and he will, he should ensure an airport or National Park or something big is named after “The Man With No Name”.

Better yet, rename a whole city after him. What if we change the name of Hollywood to Eastwood. Yeah.

eyesky on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I know the craftsman Merv Griffin had a lovely place there.

verbaloon on September 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

“We’ll be right baaack!”

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

If you compare the bumps from the respective conventions, I bet Mittens wishes he “blew it big time” like O did.

Constantine on September 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Meh. There hasn’t been enough time for Obozo’s disastrous speech to impact the polls yet. But thanks for trying, Copronymus! /

Benedict Nelson on September 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

The DNC “Convention” ended less than 24 hours ago; no “poll” conducted within less than a 3-day time frame after the convention has ended can be trusted.

It should also be noted that historically, “polling” conducted between Fridays and Mondays has almost always shown an artificial Democrat skew. John Zogby himself admitted that several years ago on live teevee.

Let’s also not forget that Gallup used to be the Gold Standard in public opinion polling for decades. They always did their work independently.

But then they were forever tainted about a decade ago, when they partnered. Said partner later threw them under the bus.

That partner was CNN.

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Clint at the DNC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyjrUAimzZg

PJ Emeritus on September 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Historic Baths: Cleopatra’s and the 2012 DNC’s!!! After this week, Team Obama’s poll numbers will be going down the drain.

Mutnodjmet on September 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,”

That’s going to leave a scar on POTUS’ ego.

“I had three points I wanted to make,”

I’m on the side of the aisle that thought he made them remarkably well.

And they’re still talking about it today.

Yep.

rukiddingme on September 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I know the craftsman Merv Griffin had a lovely place there.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

He also owned the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but that didn’t make him a bellboy.

de rigueur on September 8, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Better yet, rename a whole city after him. What if we change the name of Hollywood to Eastwood. Yeah.

eyesky on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Absolutely!

tbear44 on September 8, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Famous producer/director/actor recognizes another actor being directed in a sloppily produced skit about being president for four years and wanting the dough for a sequel. Yep, Clint got that one right. Still think Play Misty For Me was his best movie.

Kissmygrits on September 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

What is this author’s problem?

Schadenfreude on September 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Except that the ratings were down!

Sad!

TheAlamos on September 9, 2012 at 5:17 AM

I loved Clint’s skit, it was masterful and it’s the only thing anyone is going to remember about of the conventions for years. He made his points and waited a week to throw the killer line in, that Obama is the biggest hoax on the American People in history. I can’t agree more, he threw the wool over the eyes of the fools who voted for him.

MItt should be using some of Clint’s lines in commercials. We do own this country and it’s okay to get rid of pols that are not up to the job.

carolt2 on September 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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