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:
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.
Get goosebumps every time I think of Chrysler "Halftime in America" ad. Disappointing Clint supports guy who said "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"
Partisanship went out the window when the white haired star took to stage:
Crowd goes nuts at Eastwood enters. #GOP2012
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."
Clint Eastwood:23M unemployed is a national disgrace, time for somebody else to solve the problem
It was a strange, rambling soliloquy -- apparently aimed at President Obama -- but commentators agreed his presentation was odd -- and oddly fascinating.
I need at least 15 minutes to reset after that Eastwood speech.
Okay, I'm not non-plussed anymore at Clint Eastwood. This vaudeville ventriloquist act is hilarious.
Let me just say that this is very entertaining, but holy hell it is weird.
Of course, Eastwood ended his speech with a rousing call and response of "Go ahead, make my day!"
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:
Rubio: I think I just drank Clint Eastwood’s water. Thank you.
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:
Delegates chanting USA, USA, USA shouting down disruptors at #GOP2012
Code Pink protesters interrupt Romney, shouting "people over profits," being aggressively removed by security as crowd chants USA. #gop2012
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:
Honey, Mitt, Darlin... I don't think this crowd actually voted for Obama .
[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?
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