Saturday, September 01, 2012

Clint Eastwood Talks to Chair; Shakes Up Republican Convention

Presidential conventions have long been micromanaged, pre-packaged infomercials, but veteran actor Clint Eastwood offered an unscripted "What the F..." moment in his speech at Thursday's final session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. You can view the full Clint Eastwood speech below.

The 82-year-old actor and director seemed like the cranky grandpa at the Thanksgiving dinner, delivering an off-the-wall 11-minute talk in which he spoke to a chair next to the lectern, which represented President Barack Obama. Several times Eastwood pretended to be listening the the chair, saying "What? I can't do that to myself."

The speech's bizarre and comic moments often had the convention delegates in the hall laughing and cheering, but it's not clear how the speech played with the millions watching at home. No matter what one thinks of Eastwood or GOP nominee Mitt Romney, the actor's oddball speech was definitely one of the few semi-spontaneous moments you'll see in this year's major party conventions.

Unfortunately, Romney had the task of closing out the convention with his acceptance speech-- no easy task after Eastwood brought down the house with his Chair Whisperer routine.

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