Actor Clint Eastwood was a surprise speaker at the closing night of the RNC convention Thursday night. Convention speakers are often dull but Eastwood, like that monkey in 'Every Which Way But Loose,' was both zany and unpredictable.
In fact the 82-year-old was downright funny, and his outstanding ramble - proof not all actors are capable of improvisation - made as much sense as sexting. He was supposed to spend five cogent minutes as a highlight before Mitt himself appeared, instead he provided 12 minutes of gobbledygook that had Romney's team scrambling backstage to distance their candidate. Ann Romney settled on simply calling Eastwood "unique," which, if nothing else, shows she has a firm grasp of the obvious.
He spent a sizable portion of that time talking to an empty chair that he pretended U.S. President Barack Obama was sitting in and already a new online phenomenon, 'Eastwooding' has arisen; Eastwooding simply consists of publishing a photo of you (or your finger or dog) next to an empty chair. Naturally the actor's loopy speech was taken up by the twitter universe, where it seems the whackier the occurrence, the more, and better, the tweets that arise from it. This was a twitter grand slam and here are ten highlights I've cobbled together:
_______________________10. "Clint has now eclipsed the total word count of his last three films." Critic Richard Roeper.
9. “Cringing.” actress Mia Farrow.
8. "This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama." writer Jamelle Bouie.
7. “Would it be inappropriate to ask for a blood-alcohol test?” Time mag writer Michael Scherer.
6. "Guessing they didn't rehearse this." NBC's Chuck Todd.
5. "That was so awesome. Biden has to go shirtless for DNC to top it." SNL's Seth Myers.
4.. "Referring all questions to Salvador Dali." Tweeter Ben LaBolt.
3.. "Clint Eastwood is now backstage arguing with a vending machine." Canadian Daryn Jones.
2. "Clint Eastwood on the phone with Obama now: 'It all went according to plan,sir.'" Chris Rock.
1.. "I demand to see Invisible Obama's invisible birth certificate." Journalist Michael Schaffer.
My tweet? At first I considered "They should have asked Justin Bieber" or "At least now we know why his characters talk so little" or even "Any Which Way But This." Then I almost went with "Why is he channeling Sarah Palin?" or "Hands down, Obama won that debate." But in the end I settled upon "Clint Eastwood just made my election cycle." And he did.
He was that...unique.
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