Clint Eastwood highlights a convention of missed opportunities…
You don’t have to be a political junkie or even somewhat interested in politics to realize that Clint Eastwood’s recent primetime speech at the Republican National Convention was bizarre to say the least. Clint Eastwood, a legendary actor/director, spewed incoherently for an arduous 12 minutes. Speaking entirely in “improv” the actor spoke to an empty chair beside him (which was supposed to be President Obama). For a conservative who will likely vote for Gov. Romney in the fall election, I thought the entire bit was disrespectful to office of the presidency. You might not agree with President Obama, you might think he needs to be replaced, but you should ALWAYS speak of him in the utmost of respect. That is the AMERICAN thing to do. Not pretend as if he is telling Gov. Romney to go f*** himself.
The RNC reportedly was unaware of Eastwood’s speech and his use of props (a failure on the part of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus). He only asked for a chair minutes before he went up to the podium. The aide who provided him the chair thought he would sit in it. The Romney family wasn’t impressed with the content of his speech even if they publicly thanked Eastwood for his participation. The fact that the RNC thought it would be a great idea to allow an actor to speak on the most important night of the convention is dumbfounding to me. It undermines the argument that the president likes to cohort with celebrities rather than tackle the issues of the troubling U.S. economy. Primetime coverage of the major local networks started at 9 pm central. Eastwood’s speech was the first thing most Americans would see when tuning in to hear Gov. Romney’s speech. Between Hurricane Isaac and Clint Eastwood, Romney’s speech was overshadowed on the most important night of his life. A video shown minutes before Eastwood’s speech conveyed more personal details about the man seeking the office of the presidency than anything else said during the campaign. Unfortunately that wasn’t shown. It apparently wasn’t important enough.
This week the DNC will have their own celebrities speaking at their convention. Eva Longoria, Mary J. Blige, Sandra Fluke (who gained fame this past Spring when she testified that insurance companies should cover birth control for women and received vitriol from the likes of idiots i.e. Rush Limbaugh) and the Black Eyed Peas reportedly are slated to speak at the convention. Frankly, I don’t care who knows more celebrities.
The fact that celebrities are speaking at any convention for that matter is utterly ridiculous. Why do their opinions matter anymore than ours? They weren’t even elected to represent a group of constituents. If the two candidates wanted to duke it out in a popularity contest they could go back to elementary school. I think we have a few things more prudent to deal with at the moment. I guess I could be wrong. But, I have a feeling I’m right in this case. The economy is struggling to say the least. 23 million people are unemployed. 50% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed (meaning they are working part-time or not in the field pertaining to their degree; I happen to be one them). 1 out of every 6 Americans lives in poverty. I could go on and on. If things don’t turn around we might as well stamp “China” on USA maps.
On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Matthew Dowd (a political correspondent) said the most insightful thing about the Eastwood controversy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnCbN4Gsqw0&feature=context-shows&list=SL (about 18 minutes into the video clip). I couldn’t have said it any better. I hope you watch the clip. It was so good in fact it inspired me to write this post.
I don’t think it’s too much to ask for some more specificity in economic policies and a little less pandering to celebrity opinions. Actors and musicians should spend more time preparing speeches for the Academy Awards and Grammy’s than for a national political convention. Most Americans could care less what they have to say. They want to know what the politicians they have elected and could potentially elect have to say they will do in office. That is what I care about. And I think it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that is what most Americans care about. As good as some might tout the RNC convention, I think it was the convention of missed opportunities.
Video of Romney family that should have aired in place of Eastwood’s speech:
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