Sunday, September 2, 2012

Clint Eastwood's disrepectful 'comedy' routine performed at the Republican convention


Republican National Convention--Clint Eastwood's  Saturday Night Live type skit was akin to mind burglary and an antagonistic attitude hurled at President Obama. Being ill-mannered, rude and crude towards this first African American president has become Republicans stock and trade. I have never witnessed anything like it. Republicans, when caught, as does the media, resort to the excuse, “Democrats do it to Republicans.” 

On the Internet blatant contempt of President Obama reads like a poorly written how-to- book of talking points to use when searching mudslinging words to embarrass the President. An example is the billboard on display in Boston, Massachusetts. It is mind burglary at its near best.  It works because Obama critics  allow this kind of bigotry to enter their minds and steal what sense of right and wrong they have left.

What Eastwood did on stage at the convention Friday night was surprising. Everyone watching him thought he was going to highlight the virtues of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and  his VP of choice, Paul Ryan. Instead Eastwood leaped into a "bad Obama presidency" tirade. He went "there." I got the point about the empty chair, but I, like everyone watching him, did not know where Eastwood was heading with his one-man comedy routine. It did not take long to realize that he was implying that the White House is occupied by an empty suit, a 2008 meme popularized by the media and paid chatterers.

Self directing himself, Eastwood, 82, began his rambling, near schizophrenic routine with a facial smirk. He observed the audience, and then the empty chair. His ridiculous routine lasted about 12 to 15 minutes. He was supposed to be on stage for five minutes.

"Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Save a little for Mitt. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, what’s a movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin. At least that is what people think. That is not really the case. There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.

"So -- but they are there, believe me, they are there. I just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw John Voigt, a lot of people around. John’s here, an academy award winner. A terrific guy. These people are all like-minded, like all of us.

"So I -- so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he’s -- I was going to ask him a couple of questions. But -- you know about -- I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles.

"They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is crying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying. And then finally -- and I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country.

"Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously -- this administration hasn’t done enough to cure that. Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."

Eastwood stepped over the boundary of decency when he decided he could, even in jest, talk down to President Obama like he was a student who had disrupted the classroom, and he had to be verbally reprimanded in front of the whole class. Eastwood commenced chiding the imaginary President of the United States in front of America.

To further embarrass himself, Eastwood put words in President Obama's mouth; words that the President would never say. He has never been disdainful towards those who take personal swipes at him, his wife and his family. He has never, in his three-and-a-half years in office cursed at anyone, yelled at anyone, let alone angrily tell an adversary to go and  "fuck himself", or  shut up   Granted this is what the media and Republicans want to see, but that is not the President Obama's personality.

Eastwood continued his disjointed rant: "So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just -- you know -- I know -- people were wondering -- you don’t -- handle that OK. Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo. And I thought, well closing Gitmo -- why close that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse -- what do you mean shut up?

"OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City. I’ve got to. . . to hand it to you. I have to give credit where credit is due. You did finally overrule that finally. And that’s -- now we are moving onward. I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that’s okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it -- they did there for 10 years.

"But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and I think that, when we get to
maybe -- I think you’ve mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home. You gave that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?

"And I thought -- I thought, yeah -- I am not going to shut up, it is my turn. So anyway, we’re going to have -- we’re going to have to have a little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, all these promises -- I wondered about when the -- what do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. I can’t tell him to do that to himself.

"You’re crazy, you’re absolutely crazy. You’re getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party. But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president, anyway.

"I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they’re always taught to argue everything, and always weight everything -- weigh both sides. They are always devil’s advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff. But, I think it is maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe a businessman. How about that? A stellar businessman. Quote, unquote, 'a stellar businessman.'

"And I think it’s that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still use a plane. Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that. You are an -- an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around? OK, well anyway. All right, I’m sorry. I can’t do that to myself either. I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this country. We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

"And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.

"Okay, just remember that. And I’m speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn’t hurt, we don’t have to be . . . . I do not say that word anymore. Well, maybe one last time. We don’t have to be -- what I’m saying, we do not have to be metal  masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t really even want in office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads going out there, I don’t know. But OK. You want to make my day? All right. I started, you finish it. Go ahead. Audience: Make my day  Eastwood: Thank you. Thank you very much."

I love Clint Eastwood movies. I have a collection of them. At the Republican Convention he was a buck wild rabbit--bizarre and pathetic. Because he is a highly acclaimed actor, director and Hollywood icon, Eastwood told himself that he was entitled to belittle an “invisible” President Obama in front of the world. Hey! He's Clint "Make My Day" Eastwood. Who is not going to laugh with him? The delegates and politicians at the convention laughed and giggled at his every word. Clint was on a roll!

Most times I have a great sense of humor, but my humor did not laugh or smile at Eastwood’s comedy routine.I did not appreciate his scornful histrionics.

Romney’s top adviser did not ask Eastwood in advance what he was going to say or do, nor was Eastwood given a list of talking point to incorporate into his speech. Putting a light spin on the theatrical disaster, a top Romney adviser said they had no problem with the routine.  He said Romney was backstage laughing. During an interview on Friday, Ann Romney said Eastwood was “unique.” Unique in like in bullshit has no smell. Josh Billings, 19th century humorists, once said: "Most everyone seems willing to be a fool himself, but he can't bear to have everyone else be one."

Republican Bud Johnson, a Northeast Austin resident in Austin, Texas "lynched" a folding chair, with a good old red, white and blue flag attached to it, symbolizing a lynching of President Obama. 

Johnson hanged the chair on a front yard tree after Eastwood's soapbox production. When the hanging chair gained media attention, along with excessive traffic to the mixed neighborhood, Johnson was seen on TV cutting down the chair, sitting on his lawn. It seems strangers were coming to the neighborhood to take pictures of the lynched chair. 

Asked by a local KEYE-TV news reporter why he lynched the folding chair in his front yard, Johnson, who walks with a cane, said it was "the only place I had to put the damn thing." An African American vet who owns a home in the neighborhood, said he did a double take after observing in the chair hanging from the tree. He was not a happy with what he saw in his neighbor.

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