Clint Eastwood made a rare political appearance tonight at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Following the tweets of several mainstream media outlets on Twitter it is clear they didn’t like his speech. I found it fascinating, which is probably an indication of why so many in the media disliked it.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it below. Clint has a teleprompter but it seems he ad libs most of his presentation. Next to him sits an empty chair, an “imaginary” President Obama.
The subtle meaning of President Obama seated next to Eastwood is sweet. The scene reminded me of one of those Hollywood “roasts” where the star is ripped to shreds by their friends making fun of them. The scene could also have been that of a strict school principal chewing out one of the rug rats for disrupting class. But most of all, the idea of an “imaginary” President Obama is the sweetest subtle meaning of all.
This President, with his many imaginary backgrounds, his stunning ability to use the English language to make any sentence mean anything to any listener, coupled with all the questions about his secret life’s documents such as transcripts, passports, et al, is the quintessential “imaginary” character.
All of which is why I think the media hated Eastwood’s schtick.
I also believe the elitist nature of media people is another reason for the disdain toward Eastwood. In addition to being conservative, his delivery was stilted, halting, at times too soft to hear, and maybe even rambling. In other words, it wasn’t professional enough for those elitists who wanted the three piece suit presentation.
Which made it all very real to me, with amazing subtexts of irony and sarcasm.
Watch it yourself and tell me what you think.