Elections 2012: ‘This Seat’s Taken’, as Obama Responds to Eastwood’s Bizarre Attack

President’s aides responded to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican Convention, mocking the actor who attacked on Obama that featured an empty chair.

Clint Eastwood, who made an appearance at the Republican Convention last night, gave a 12 minute speech – which was addressed to an empty chair and an imaginary Obama. Photo: Barack Obama/Twitter

This morning Obama’s team took to Twitter and posted an image, featuring the back of the seated President, saying: “this seat’s taken.”

Roger Ebert, an influential American film critic, wrote “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.”

Yesterday the 82-year-old spent on the stage 12 minutes, asking the empty chair: “Mr President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?”

The Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” criticized the President for failing to change American economy for the best and for wanting to close the Guantánamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

“So Mr. President, how do you handle the promises you’ve made? What do you say?” Eastwood asked the imaginary Obama. “I know even some of the people in your party were disappointed you didn’t close Gitmo,” the Guantanamo prison.

He then proceeded to slam the President for his administration’s proposal to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York, a plan from which he later backed down, and the war in Afghanistan, for which Romney has endorsed the same withdrawal timeline.

“I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?” Eastwood added.

Soon after the actors monologue, Twitter was immediately flooded with messages questioning the Oscar-winning director’s performance, writes The Telegraph.

Within minutes after Eastwood’s speech was over, a Twitter account @InvisibleObama was created. The account has already gained more than 36,000 followers and counting.

Eastwood has made several forays into politics and in 1986 successfully ran as a Republican to become mayor of Carmel, the wealthy Californian beach city where he lived.

Last night Romney’s aides were wincing as Eastwood’s speech was going on, provoking fears his performance may have eclipsed that of the Republican nominee.

Gail Gitcho, a Romney spokesman, said: “He’s an American icon. You can’t look at him through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

The Romney campaign seemed to grasp how Eastwood’s bizarre, unscripted speech fell flat.

“Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work,” was the campaign’s response on Twitter.

By the way, Mitt Romney accepted his party’s presidential nomination Thursday promising to ‘restore America.’

“Now is the time to restore the promise of America,” Romney said in prime-time speech to a nation. “I accept your nomination for president,” he said, to more cheers.

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” the former Massachusetts governor added. “My promise is to help you and your family”.

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