Clint Eastwood’s Critical Speech to the RNC
Clint Eastwood was fun, funny and critical all in one speech. He talked about both domestic and foreign policy. His roles make him uniquely qualified to have a critical opinion.
He was fun right from the start with his opening sentence. “I know what you are thinking.” He didn’t say punk, but everyone heard it as he addressed an empty chair. Clearly a line from Dirty Harry, one of his trademark good guy films. He ended the fun with “Go Ahead” and the audience on cue said, “Make My Day.” He had the audience captured with his aura of rightness and indignation clearly in fun way.
Clint Eastwood was funny throughout his speech. Some of his funniest lines were, “I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles. They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying.”
His transition into crying about the 23 million unemployed was both funny and critical. That’s how humor works, sort of an ironic funny that really hits home.
Another funny thing was his remarks about the war in Afghanistan he said, “…you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it — they did there for 10 years.” That’s one of those jokes that come from out of nowhere and all of a sudden Eastwood displays his director skills by gathering up data to make the role a success. Funny ironic and critical.
But my favorite joke was the one about Biden being the intellectual leader of the Democratic party. What a contrast to Paul Ryan. There is no comparison except they both are the intellectual leaders of their respective parties. Now that’s funny no matter who you are.
Clint Eastwood was critical of all politicians. “I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we — we own this country. We — we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.”
Interwoven in his message was one that rejects the notion that an attorney is better than a businessman to run this country. Lawyers are always bifurcating this and that but in the end getting few things done other than arguments. Obama has failed as a president. It’s time for him to step aside and let a “stellar businessman,’ Mr. Romney and his kind take over.
Finally, I observed that through his speech, Eastwood was critical of Obama’s hypocrisy. Here’s a sample: “You can maybe still use a plane. Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that. You are an — an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around?”