No matter how you feel about Mitt Romney and his speech last night at the Republican National Convention, you have to admit that it was Clint Eastwood who really stole the show and created what’s bound to be the most memorable scene of the entire week when he emphatically addressed an empty chair–and left some speculating that our beloved Dirty Harry has dementia.
In one instance while pointing at the chair, Eastwood asked the invisible Obama:
So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just – you know – I know – people were wondering – you don’t – handle that OK. Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay). And I thought, well closing Gitmo – why close that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse – what do you mean shut up?
Within hours after the 82-year-old legendary badass finished his 11-minute (albeit somewhat rambling) speech, a new Twitter account, @InvisibleObama was launched and has drawn over 44,000 followers. As expected, the Twittersphere erupted with rude, snarky remarks about Eastwood’s mental health (because, you know, we’re all doctors who are qualified to diagnose someone’s mental state in a matter of minutes):
Watching Clint Eastwood’s speech (albeit a little late) and oh my god. Who gave the neighborhood grandpa with dementia a microphone?
I didn’t expect the RNC to televise Clint Eastwood’s descent into dementia.
Clint Eastwood was disrespectful to the Office of the President to say the least. I’m assuming thats the dementia kicking in #RNC
Clint Eastwood speaking @ the #RNC in Tampa: this is what dementia looks like.
And @damonkwayans added:
Please take the rambling old man off stage and change his diaper. #clint Eastwood
A really mean video was posted on YouTube saying “This is what dementia looks like,” featuring Eastwood and last night’s speech.
And even the L.A. Times says that Clint “apparently lost his mind.”
It’s all a little harsh and more than a little premature and irresponsible. So someone gets up on stage and doesn’t have the perfectly scripted, perfectly traditional boring political speech that we’ve all come to expect–and tune out. Doing and saying things that are unexpected, unconventional and entertaining automatically means someone is losing their mind and belongs in diapers? Please.
Let’s show the man some respect. Because as he said in Grand Torino, “Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have messed with? That’s me.”