Ok, so maybe the Clint Eastwood speech at the Republican convention didn't completely ruin Mitt Romney's chances of ousting President Barack Obama from The White House, but it sure as hell hasn't helped. The head-scratching started almost as soon as Clint Eastwood took to the stage, and continued when the 82-year-old started talking to a chair.
Oscar-winning Eastwood's speech has become a YouTube sensation after he spat some piercing barbs at President Obama, which didn't really hit their intended target. The actor spoke to an empty chair (pretending Obama was sitting on it), with the piece of furniture now boasting its own Twitter feed. The President himself was among the first to mock Eastwood, tweeting a picture of himself sat in a seat bearing his own nameplate and adding, "This seat's taken". Esteemed critic Roger Ebert almost immediately tweeted, "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him", while Simon Pegg added, "Maybe Clint is a sleeper agent for the Democrats sent in under deep cover to make the Republicans look stupid. No wait, that's Romney". The mockery came so thick and fast that you almost had to feel sorry for Eastwood. Zachary Quinto asked fans, "Is clint eastwood meant to instill confidence in republicans?! I am legitimately scared of his talking to imaginary Obama", while Seth Myers joked, "When Clint woke up this morning he saw that Obama was gone from the chair...Or was he still there!?!?!". Television icon George Takei said, "Clint Eastwood's Rnc speech was to imaginary Obama in an empty chair. I'm drafting a Dnc speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory".
Romney's decision to have Eastwood speak on his behalf is understandable - he's still one of biggest Hollywood stars around - though perhaps he should have phoned one of his other celebrity followers, like Robert Duvall. Somewhere in America, President Obama and George Clooney have huge grins on their faces.