Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint reminds Mr Obama that a man's got to know his limitations.

Richard Fernandez on the Eastwood speech
It was an old man’s delivery, but overstatedly so for effect. It was a cutting delivery and for that reason delivered in low key. But for all of Clint Eastwood’s rhetorical cleverness at the Republican convention it derived its effectiveness precisely because it wasn’t one of those “I take this platform tonight with pen in hand, bearing in mind the immortal words of Clancy M. Duckworth” type orations. It wasn’t the speech of someone who was running for office.

Rather it might have come from Mr. Weller down at the corner office musing on simple things to not very important people. How it wasn’t good form to mess things up continuously. How one might lose faith in a man who made one broken promise too many. How at the end of the day everyone either did the job or quit out of decency. Even Presidents.

Clint speaks to an empty chair - empty suit Obama. “We own this country. . . . It’s not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours. . . . And when somebody does not do the job, you gotta let ‘em go.”


  1. I laughed and laughed. If the theme of the night was authenticity, then Clint brought it. His vaudevillian humor allowed him to skewer Obama while pulling Americans closer together.

  2. It was a great 'ad lib'. The only thing missing was B.O.'s invisible birth certificate!


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