Clint. Why, oh why, oh why? Who made the decision to let you speak at the Republican National Convention last night? And with unkempt hair, no less. His talking to the chair where imaginary Obama was sitting reminded me of the film Harvey with Jimmy Stewart (now a Broadway play). If you haven’t seen Harvey, Jimmy Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, who is best friends with an invisible 6’3.5” rabbit named Harvey. Harvey is a “pooka,” a benign, yet mischievous being from Celtic mythology who is partial to social outcasts like Elwood. However in this case, the pooka was not Clint’s best friend.
Elwood (Jimmy Stewart) and Harvey
(hoto source: themusingsandadventuresofapinupmama.blogspot.com)
He and invisible Obama were engaged in a one-sided dialogue. He stuttered a bit like Jimmy Stewart when he said, “Uh, what do you mean, shut up?” If only he had taken his own advice.
Other lines which evoked waves of applause included, “What do you want me to tell Romney? . . . He can’t do that to himself. You’re getting as bad as Biden.” I still have no idea what he was trying to say.
He referred to Biden as a “kind of a grin with a body behind it.” Good image, but a bit below the belt.
And of course there were the folks howling for Clint to say his famous Dirty Harry line, “Go ahead. Make my day.”
He said, “I don’t say that line anymore.” No more Dirty Harry?
Eastwood told the audience, “We own this country,” and “Politicians are employees of ours.” Really? I don’t feel like I own this country. Seems like the corporations are the true owners, but to each his own.
And of course in the background, the obligatory chanting, “USA, USA, USA, USA” added to the mood of patriotism (is that what it was?).
Clint finally succumbed, saying, “I’ll start it. You finish it. Go ahead . . .” And the audience answered, “Make my day.” It was like a group hug without the hug.
I felt bad for Clint. It was like he was set up as a tough guy puppet; but, of course, he could have refused to speak. The cult of celebrity is ever so powerful. I'm not sure if he made the Republicans' day, night or RNC.