The last few days, the Republican National Convention have been perplexing and tonight was no different when Clint Eastwood took the stage. At no point did the acclaimed actor explain what Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney’s answers to our country’s woes are. That would be a far too arduous task considering Romney himself doesn’t appear to know what his plan is. But, the 82 year old actor did talk to an empty chair, which was to represent President Obama, who strangely cursed at the actor – sort of. There were moments of humor, but the empty chair stuck out like an army tank at a nudist camp.
Mr. Eastwood began his remarkable dialogue with the empty chair, “ So I – so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he’s – I was going to ask him a couple of questions. But — you know about — I remember three and a half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles.”
The Dirty Harry star continued, “They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying.”
I understand completely. I felt the same way when it was reported that one minute into Paul Ryan’s speech, a tear gracefully fell down Governor Scott Walker’s face.
Eastwood started on the ‘broken promises’ theme which we were all privy to before the Convention began.
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. 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?
Eastwood’s remark is an appropriate coda to the GOP dance, which redundantly entails laying the blame on the present occupant of the White House in order to secure it for themselves.
To be clear, the President made a promise to close Gitmo and that vow was not kept. The vow that was kept: Paul Ryan along with Republican leaders met behind closed doors, in lockstep, swearing to obstruct anything and everything the newly minted President tries to accomplish. This betrayal took place on the eve of Obama’s inaugeration.
Since that oath took place during their clandestine meeting, little if nothing has passed without giving the public battle fatigue. Their vow of obstruction which was evidently upheld since day one, resulted in blocking of the closure of Gitmo.Congress, ‘you blocked that’. Mr. Eastwood, Congress should be in that empty chair.
Flashback: “Guantanamo remains the proper place for holding terrorists, especially those who may not be able to be detained as securely in a third country,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader.”
Transcript: Washington Post