A number of bad reviews were received for Clint Eastwood’s speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. The criticism was varied over his rambling, bizarre endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Roger Ebert the film critic tweeted that Clint, his hero, came across as pathetic and sad. Eastwood gave his speech without a script or teleprompter to an audience of many millions.
Eastwood’s speech was a long-winded and kooky conversation with an imaginary President Obama. He told the president he had failed to deliver on most of his promises and it was time for the Republican ticket of Romney and Ryan to take charge.
Other criticisms came in saying Clint had eclipsed his world count of his three last films. Another said that the speech was the weirdest a convention has ever seen. One critic even tweeted that Romney’s great night had been side tracked by Eastwood.
The actor and director, who is 82, talked about the unfulfilled promise of Obama to close the Guantanamo prison, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Oprah Winfrey.
After the imaginary conversation had ended, the Obama campaign tweeted back a photo of the chair with a caption that said, this seat is already taken.
Ann Romney, the candidate’s wife, said she appreciated the support from Eastwood, even if his monologue was not receiving great reviews. She called him very unique and said he did unique things during his speech.
Eastwood is a fiscal conservative, with left-leaning stands on a number of social issues like environmental protections and gay marriage. He created waves with many conservatives in early 2012 when he appeared in a spot for Chrysler for the Super Bowl, which had benefited from stimulus support from the government. Eastwood said the commercial did not have anything to do with any politics.