Clint Eastwood, Mitt Romney: We Believe in America

5 years ago

Clint started trending on Twitter, since speculation was confirmed earlier today that actor Clint Eastwood would be the surprise guest at the closing night of the Republican National Convention.

Mashable was quick on the draw, posting a list of 12 Classic Movie Quotes Clint Eastwood Can Use at the RNC, including:

  • "I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it."
  • "'Bout time this town had a new sheriff."
  • "Go ahead make my day."
  • Clint Eastwood

    Aug. 30, 2012 - Tampa, FL, USA - Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to the delegation at the Republican National Convention at the 2012 Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Thursday, August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Credit Image: © Harry E. Walker/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    While some find Eastwood's endorsement of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney obvious,

    Other tweeters pointed out the dissonance between Eastwood's persona and the Republican platform, especially after his Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler which many viewers associated as praise of Obama's economic policies.

    Partisanship went out the window when the white haired star took to stage:

    Eastwood started out with a story about the hope he placed in Obama four years ago, then his diappointment, saying, "It's time for somebody else to come along."

    It was a strange, rambling soliloquy -- apparently aimed at President Obama -- but commentators agreed his presentation was odd -- and oddly fascinating.

    Of course, Eastwood ended his speech with a rousing call and response of "Go ahead, make my day!"

    Marco Rubio

    Aug. 30, 2012 - Tampa, FL, USA - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to the delegation at the Republican National Convention at the 2012 Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Thursday, August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Credit Image: © Dirk Shadd/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    If there's anyone who could follow that act, it's Florida Senator Marco Rubio:

    Mitt Romney

    Aug. 30, 2012 - Tampa, FL, USA - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands with delegates as he enters the Republican National Convention at the 2012 Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Thursday, August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Credit Image: © Harry E. Walker/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    MItt Romney walked down the red carpet to jokes about the canned music, then accepted the GOP nomination.

    The constant chants of "USA! USA!" seemed distracting to those of us at home, but tweeters noted it was in response to other protests:

    Romney peppered his speech with anecdotes about his mother's run for state senate, his experience with Bain Capital, and direct attacks on the "hope" promised by President Obama in 2008:

    [Update 8:35 PM PST: @InvisibleObama now has a Twitter account with over 25,000 followers.]

    Did you watch tonight's speeches? What do you think?

    News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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