Who could forget that incredible moment when legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood strolled out on stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention and stood at the podium while in the background the theme from one of his iconic movies “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” played.

Standing to thunderous applause, he began his monologue in that familiar understated tone that we’ve all come to know.

“I remember three and a half years ago when Mr. Obama won the election and, no, I wasn’t a big supporter,” Eastwood said. “I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change…’Yes we can’…it was nice, people were lighting candles, I just thought this is great. Everybody’s crying, Oprah was crying…even I was crying.

The audience savoring every word, Eastwood continued; “I haven’t cried that hard since I found out there were 23 million unemployed people in this country. That is something to cry for…this administration hasn’t done enough to cure that.”

Then suddenly changing gears Eastwood looks down at an empty stool, and asks, (as if Obama was actually sitting there) “So Mr. President how do you handle promises you’ve made?”

The audience immediately picks up on the stark visual of the empty stool narrative, as Eastwood continues the mock conversation, to the delight of the crowd.

As Eastwood begins to end his monologue he reminds his audience saying; “We, you and me, we own this country, politician’s are employees of ours.”

And with that the crowd begins chanting “Go ahead make my day!”

 

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