I just wanted to express a few thoughts about the final night of the RNC convention, specifically Clint Eastwood and the Mitt Romney tribute video. Since Clint spoke last night, I hear comments everywhere I turn, yet I seem to be one of the few people that didn’t think his speech was absolutely horrible. Supposedly, Clint Eastwood had a 5 minute speech and then decided to ad-lib for 6 minutes. Yes, he rambled and stammered (I wish he would have thrown in some of his disapproving grunt sounds from his great Gran Torino movie), but the guy is 82 years old. I find it amazing that at his age, he still has the mental capacity to not only give such a high-profile speech, but also come up with ideas to improvise on the spur of the moment.
The biggest problem that I had with Clint Eastwood’s speech came during his actual endorsement. A lot of people are, rightly so, sick of all politicians, which were most of the speakers at the RNC. Clint Eastwood’s role as a speaker was to strongly endorse Romney as a non-politician celebrity that many people idolize. However, when he finally gave Romney his endorsement, he said:
I was even crying. And then finally — and I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country. Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously — this administration hasn’t done enough to cure that. Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem. Clint Eastwood’s Transcript
Clint Eastwood was the big surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention giving his grand endorsement of Romney, yet he uses the word, “possibly”. Is he still on the fence? It would be nice to know if the word, “possibly”, was part of his written speech or if it just slipped out. In any case, I felt it made Clint Eastwood come off as indecisive and lacking as a powerful endorsement of Romney.
Update 9/1/12: Late Friday night, Bill Maher defended Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech as well:
I think a lot of the questions surrounding Mitt Romney were summed up in one line of Romney’s RNC tribute video, which amazingly and stupidly is hard to find on the Internet. Anyway, in the video, someone talking about the store, Staples, says, “Why would anybody want to save on envelopes and file folders? Mitt is a cheap son of a gun and if he can save 50 cents on paper clips, he would drive a mile to do it.” Saving money as an individual and a business is great, but unfortunately Mitt’s tactics involve offshore accounts, taking advantage of tax loopholes, shutting down businesses, laying off workers, and shipping jobs overseas. These tactics may save money, but they aren’t the tactics that we value or need as Americans. Instead, those are the very tactics that hurt America and that we need to root out and stop. Electing Romney would basically be the United States endorsing those tactics.