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Clint Eastwood

Bumbles Through

Invisible Obama Schtick

8/31/2012 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Clint Eastwood brought down the partisan crowd at the RNC by stumbling through an 11-minute bit last night that was supposed to be painfully hysterical ... but might have been just painful.

The legendary actor/director got on stage and addressed an empty stool next to him, saying ... "I've got Mr. Obama sitting here. I just was gonna ask him a couple questions."

During the schtick 82-year-old Clint seemed confused at times as he critiqued the President's 4 years in office ... and set up punchlines like, "What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. He can't do that to himself."

President Obama responded to the invisible routine this morning by tweeting a pic of the back of his chair with the message, "This seat's taken."

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No doubt, landing an icon like Eastwood to warm up the crowd for Mitt Romney was a coup for the GOP -- but still, we gotta ask ...

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46.

TT    

Wake up liberals. Your welfare Prez is going to lose!!!

729 days ago
47.

Barb    

No partisan criticism coming from TMZ, right? I thought he was friggin' hysterical.

729 days ago
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ERP    

I turned the channel from college football to watch Clint Eastwood, but after less then 5 mins I turned the channel back to ESPN. He was stammering and boring and certainly showed his age. This was not "Dirty Harry," it was just an old actor.

729 days ago
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FLO    

I wonder how Mitt felt about **** Eastwood and the abortions he demanded Sandra Locke have.

729 days ago
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Sandra     

He looked and sounded like a dottering old fool!! The republicans blew it with this one!!

729 days ago
51.

ragu4u    

Even Clint and his orangutan could beat Obama.

729 days ago
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Fantastic Four    

BREAKING NEWS THAT COULD CHANGE THE ELECTION. FACTCHECK NOW SAYS OBAMA IS A KENYAN CITIZEN!

"Initially, we said that Obama’s citizenship expired in 1982, on Obama’s 21st birthday. In fact, however, the Kenyan Constitution provides a two-year window during which one can decide which citizenship to keep. So, President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on Aug. 4, 1984, not 1982, as we had initially reported."

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/09/obama-and-kenya-again/

729 days ago
53.

Denise    

When your party needs a bumbling old man talking to an empty chair to represent your stand...it's an embarrassment.

729 days ago
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Fantastic Four    

TMZ seems to have edited out the parts that got the most applause:

"Politicians work for us... when you don't do the job, we've got to let you go... even if you're a nice guy."

With almost a million fewer women employed than when he took office, why would we ever give him four more years?

He's a nice guy... but its over.

729 days ago
55.

GabriellaDieleLock    

And Obama shows us how classy he can be. Remember Obama, "it's not you who got there, somebody did that for you."

729 days ago
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honesty    

It is sad to see Dirty Harry like this. Did no one vet this man, or his "speech"? How could they let this man who has always had so much dignity, expose himself like this? How sad. Someone was not doing their job.

729 days ago
57.

IceGypsy    

Hey the man's what 80+ yrs old, he's earned the right to ramble on about whatever he wants....Plus he's Clint Eastwood.

729 days ago
58.

Gretel    

Oh Clint, I'm so sorry but that was a fail. If that's the GOP's version of wagging the dog they better re-evaluate. All these nights and they have still only told us that Obama sucks and they don't. No substance. I thought they could have done much better.

729 days ago
59.

Toilethead    

What an embarrassment. People all over the net are making fun of him.

729 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

This whole speech by Clint Eastwood was pathetic but so damn funny. He started to even say things that showed he didnt really care if romney won or not. And then ad-libbing for another 10 minutes when he was only supposed to be on for 5-7 min. Its hilarious because he was pretending to be a staunch republican and ended up making the whole party and candidate look terrible...but there was no chance anyways of romney winning. LOL-thanks for showing up Clint and being the "mystery guest"...Obama now has clinched victory.

729 days ago
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