clint eastwood republican national convention 2012 Republican National Convention 2012: Clint Eastwood roasts 'Mr. Obama'Actor Clint Eastwood was the “surprise” guest at the 2012 Republican National Convention Thursday night (Aug. 30).

Eastwood’s schtick was to address an empty chair, pretending he was asking President Obama some questions — though very pointedly not referring to him as the President, but as “Mr. Obama.”

The schtick was very weird because Eastwood kept stumbling over his words and he kept acting like this invisible President was telling him to “shut up.” Then it took a turn for the ugly, when Eastwood says, “What? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. He can’t do that to himself.”

It was certainly expected that Eastwood would come out and fire up the RNC crowd, but it was not really expected that Eastwood would treat his segment like the worst Friar’s Club roast ever.

Following the segment, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell called Eastwood’s speech “strange.” To say the least.

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