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Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair Act

By August 31, 2012

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A roundup of the funniest Internet reactions to Clint Eastwood's bizarre speech at the GOP Convention, in which he talked to an imaginary Obama in an empty chair next to the podium:

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Obama on Eastwood Talking to Chair

Old Man Yells At Chair

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Hillary on Clint Talking to Chair

McKayla Is Not Impressed

Clint Eastwood Talking to Yoda

Clint Eastwood Debates Imaginary Obama, Loses

Chair Hope

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Twitter was ablaze with comments mocking Eastwood's speech. Some of the best tweets:

"This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama." --Jamelle Bouie

"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." --@GeorgeTakei

"Did I just get invisible credit for taking out Bin Laden?" --@InvisibleObama

"I still like Clint Eastwood. A crazy Republican talking to a chair is the least harm a crazy Republican has done in ages." --Frank Conniff

"Not to be outdone, the DNC has hired Betty White to get jiggy with a holographic Tupac." --@GeorgeTakei

"The voice telling Clint Eastwood to shut up wasn't Invisible Obama, it was a producer in his earpiece." --@misc

"This Clint Eastwood interrogates invisible Obama bit feels like the world's worst SNL skit." --@nathanrabin

"eastwood representing libertarians around the country: pro freedom. anti war. and, more than likely, baked." --@davidharsanyi

"Only possible Democratic response to Eastwood's performance is to have William Shatner sing "Rocket Man" as their keynote."--r@OrrChris

"Clint Eastwood on the phone with Obama now: "It all went according to plan,sir." --@chrisrockoz

"BREAKING NEWS: Instant poll, InvisibleObama leads Romney by 12 points." --@KQuark

"I hope they invite Clint Eastwood to speak at the DNC, too." --@indecision

"Poor Clint. But that's on Romney's people. You don't let an 82 year old alone with your remote control much less your nomination night." --Will Durst

"Backstage somewhere, Clint Eastwood is yelling at people for almost sitting on Invisible Obama." --@delrayser

"Biden has the intellect of the Democratic Party," sneers a man who's put together 1 complete sentence in the last 10 minutes. --@upworthy

"Clint Eastwood demonstrating that seniors may not be prepared to navigate a menu of subsidized private insurance plans." --Matt Yglesias

‏ "One nation! Under God! Invisible!" --@InvisibleObama

And here's how the Obama campaign responded to Clint Eastwood on Twitter:

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August 31, 2012 at 5:49 am
(1) Johnny says:

Empty chair… Full diaper.

August 31, 2012 at 10:40 am
(2) Juan De Biase says:

Nobody understood Clint´s solo speech to the Republican Convention lashing Obama, it was his imaginary script subject for his next feature.

August 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(3) ABT_Urbana says:

Who on earth vetted that idea of the Empty Chair as metaphor for Obama? It’s virtually *inviting* responses in which Romney is drilled as the Empty Suit!

August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm
(4) turd sandwich says:
August 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(5) dxman says:

Clint’s speech was hilarious. The chair was empty because our disgraceful president must have been out playing golf of bball – always leaving his post to go and goof off while our country could use a leader. Way to go Clint!!!!

September 1, 2012 at 6:14 am
(6) toosmarttovoteGOP says:

dxman, the “disgraceful president (sic)” left office in 2009.

September 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm
(7) randy says:

the only thing more empty than the chair is promises from Maobama…

September 3, 2012 at 1:13 am
(8) California Girl says:

A little biased aren’t you? Come January when Obama is required to empty that chair it’s going to be the BIGGEST celebration America has had. I can’t wait for him to exit the White House. Eastwood was brilliant and all these pathetic attempts from democrats trying to make a joke after the fact is pathetic.

Bye Bye Obama. Have fun in the unemployment line that YOU created.

September 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(9) Republican says:

You people can’t be seriously against Obama… I’m a republican through and through, and Obama embodies more of Lincoln and Reagan than any other candidate or president in recent history. Do your f–king research, they teach you how in school, at least they did in my day.

Oh, and as a Veteran, a Business Owner, a Parent, a Christian, and an Educator: my vote is going towards Progress: Obama 2012.

And for CHRIST’S SAKE, Stop watching Faux News.

September 5, 2012 at 11:04 am
(10) bridgecross says:

Clint was just sharing the stage with the Obama that Republicans have been fighting for the past four years. It was Glenn Beck’s “socialist Obama,” Sean Hannity’s “military-hating Obama,” Sarah Palin’s “black radical Obama” and all the other Obamas from their imagination. At least Clint gave him a comfy seat!

September 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm
(11) James G. Borden says:

The Kenyan born Muslim is of the antichrist and anyone who has been given spritual sight by the Holy Spirit can easily see evil in Obama and his wife.
Only people who have been blessed with spirtual sight of recognizing evil will know what I’m talking about – the other people will have no clue and will criticize me.

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