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Cebu : Philippines | Sep 08, 2012 at 1:11 AM PDT
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Clint Eastwood's Throat-Slicing Moment at the 2012 Republican National Convention

Skooter reporting 09/08/12

Actor Clint Eastwood used an empty seat as a prop at Republican National Convention and said the idea was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down.

The actor/director pledge his support for Mitt Romney and told a small California weekly newspaper, Carmel Pine Cone that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous.

Eastwood told the newspaper what had occurred on the podium saying there was a stool there, and some guy kept asking him if I need to sit down. The moment he saw the stool sitting there, it gave him the idea. He’ll just put the stool out there and he’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody. The article was published Friday.

The actor’s weird, sometimes monotonous conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair set the blogosphere and social media on fire. His emergence was meant to be a drumming endorsement for Romney, but the respected 82-year-old actor and director opened himself up to mockery.

Eastwood said he accomplished what he intended to do and got across three points.

Eastwood was quoted as saying, "That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job. But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it."

Leonard Hirshan, Eastwood's longtime manager said, he was not aware of the Pine Cone newspaper article. The actor has no publicist.

Eastwood presentation was "very unorthodox," he admitted it and that was his aim from the start and he had plenty of people giving him advice on what to say, except the janitor, he said. He was told to speak for five minutes but it was very hard to measure time and there was no one or cues to tell him to wrap up.

Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, later came backstage to thank him. According to Eastwood that they were very enthusiastic and they were all laughing.

Eastwood, maintains Obama doesn’t deserve a second term as president. Eastwood has an upcoming movie “Trouble with the Curve.”

Again he was quoted as saying, "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood said. "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle."

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Aug. 30, 2012: Actor Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair during his address to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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