Watch Clint Eastwood Speak at Republican National Convention


[Music and applause] [Clint Eastwood] Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. [Applause] Save a little for Mitt. [Applause] I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, what’s a movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin. At least that is what people think but that is not really the case. There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people, by the nature of the word itself, play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it. So…
[Applause] but they are there, believe me, they are there. And I just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw John Voigt, a lot of people around here in town.
[Applause] John’s here, an academy award winner. A terrific guy. These people are all like-minded, like all of us. So I — so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he’s — I was just going to ask him a couple of questions. But — you know about — I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I wasn’t 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, people were lighting candles. They were saying, you know, and I just thought this was great. I mean, everybody is crying, Oprah was crying. And [Laughter] I was even crying [Laughter]. And then finally — and I haven’t cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country. [Applause] And 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. And whenever — whatever 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. [Applause] So, 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? Do you just — you know — I know — people — people were wondering — you don’t handle that? OK. Well, I know even so many people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo. And I thought, well I think that closing Gitmo — why close that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse you — what do you mean shut up? [Laughter] OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City. Maybe that– [Applause] I’ve got to — I’ve got to hand it to you. I have to give credit where credit is due. You did finally overrule that finally. And that’s so — now we are moving onward. And I know in the – I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that’s okay. And – but you thought the war in Afghanistan was — was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how they did there for over 10 years. But it — we, we did it, and it was — you know, it’s — it’s something to be thought about, and I think that — that when we get to maybe — I think you’ve mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home. And you gave that target, target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, he said “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?” [Applause] I thought — I thought, yeah — There’s a — I am not going to shut up, it is my turn. [Laughter] So anyway, we got — we’re going to have — we’re going to have to have a little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, is all these promises — And then I wondered about, you know, when, when the — What? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. He can’t do that to himself. [Applause] You’re — you’re absolutely crazy. [Laughter] You’re getting as bad as Biden. [Applause] Of course — of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party, he’s — [Laughter] Just a kind of a – kind of a grin with a body behind it, you know. [Laughter] But I just — I just think that there is so much to be done, and, well I think that Mr.– Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. I can — see, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president, anyway, because that– [Applause] Yeah, I think — I think attorneys are so busy — you know they’re always taught to argue everything, and always weigh everything and weigh both sides And they are always, you know, they are always devil’s advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff. But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe a businessman. How about that? [Applause] A stellar businessman. [Applause] Quote, unquote, “a stellar businessman.” And I think it’s that time. And I think if you just kind of stepped aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. Now, you could still use a plane. [Applause] 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. I think –[Applause] You are an ec — an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around? [Laughter] OK, well anyway. All right, I’m sorry. I can’t do that to myself either. [Laughter and applause] Anyway. I see. But I’d just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we — we own this country. [Applause] Yes, we — we own it. And it’s not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours and– [Applause] So — [Applause] they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years, and then it’s the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize, that — that you’re the best in the world. And whether you are a Democrat or whether you are a pro– Republican, or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best and we should not ever forget that. And we — when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. [Applause] let them go. [Applause] Okay, just remember that. And I’m speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn’t hurt, we don’t have to be
[From the audience] [inaudible] [Laughter] I do not say that word anymore. Well, maybe one last time. [Laughter] We don’t have to be — what I’m saying, we do not have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t really even want in — in the — in office we — just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads going out there, I don’t know. [Applause] But OK. You want to make my day, ah? All right. [Applause] I — All right. I’ll start it, you finish it. Go ahead: [Audience] Make my day! [Eastwood] All right, thank you. Thank you very much. [Applause] [Music]

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