Even if you're liberal and you feel like you have to "hate" Clint Eastwood for aligning with the enemy and speaking at the Republican National Convention, you can't. All that Twitter talk about him sounding crazy and senile last night is ludicrous. That's just people reacting to the message, not the man. Eastwood was adorable and funny, got his main points across simply but with that endearing edge, like your dad might have if you were debating politics with him. And talk to me when YOU are 82 years old and aren't slurring at least a few words here and there, K? The "invisible Obama" set-up was a little awkward, granted. But the man pulled it off. The audience laughed and cheered. I laughed and cheered ... at these in particular:
[Explaining that there ARE Republicans in Hollywood] "Conservative people by nature of the definition play it a little closer to the vest, they don't go around hot-dogging it. But they are there."
"I remember 3-and-a-half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election, and though I wasn't a supporter I was watching that thing. And there were talking about 'hope and change' and 'yes we can' ... I thought it was great. Everyone's crying. Oprah's crying. Even I was crying. I haven't cried so hard since I found out there are 23 million unemployed people in this country. That is a national disgrace."
[Talking to Invisible Obama, who is "sitting" in an empty chair next to the mic] "What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. He can't do that to himself. Your're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden."
"Course, we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party. Kind of a grin with a body behind it."
"I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be President anyway. They are always taught to argue everything ... and they are devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. It's maybe time for a businessman. How about that? A stellar businessman."
[Talking to Invisible Obama] "I think if you kinda stepped aside and Mr. Romney can take over. You can still use the plane. But maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you use when you fly visiting colleges talking about student loans. You're an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that truck around?"
"We own this country. [Chants of USA] Thank you. It's not you owning it and politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours."
"You're the best and we should not ever forget that and when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. We don't have to be masochists and vote for someone we don't want in there just because they seem to be nice guys, or not-so-nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads out there."
[Someone yells from audience] "I don't say that word anymore. Well maybe one last time [More cheers] Okay, you want to make my day, huh? [Cheers] Alright, I'll start it, you finish it. Go ahead ... [audience yells: Make my day!]
It's MUCH better when you watch Eastwood deliver these himself:
Did you watch Dirty Harry's speech? Yay or nay?