transcript of Clint Eastwood’s remarks to the Republican National Convention
Stolen from NPR
Transcript of actor and director Clint Eastwood’s remarks Thursday at the Republican National Convention, as delivered:
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Save a little for Mitt.
know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, what’s a movie tradesman
doing out here? You know they are all left-wingers out there, left of
Lenin. At least that’s what people think. But that’s not really the
case. There’s a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people,
Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It’s just that the conservative
people by the nature of the word itself play it a little more close to
the vest. They don’t go around hot-dogging it. So, uh … But they’re
there, believe me, they’re there. I just think, in fact, some of them
around town, I saw Jon Voigt, a lot of people around here in town.
Jon’s here, an Academy Award winner. A terrific guy. These people are all like-minded, like all of us.
I — so I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he’s — I just 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
wasn’t 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. And they were saying, you know, I just
thought, this is great. Everybody’s crying. Oprah was crying.
was even crying. And then finally — I haven’t cried that hard since I
found out that there’s 23 million unemployed people in this country.
that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national
disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously — this administration
hasn’t done enough to cure that. Whatever interest they have is not
strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else
to come along and solve the problem.
Mr. President, how do you, how do you handle, how do you handle
promises that you’ve made when you were running for election and how do
you handle, how do you handle it?
I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just — you know — I know — people were wondering. You don’t? You don’t handle it.
I know even some of the 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
Oh, What do you mean shut up?
OK, I thought it was just because somebody had
the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City. Maybe
that was it.
I’ve got to, I’ve got to hand it
to you. I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. You did finally
overrule that finally. And that’s so, now we’re moving onward. I know,
in the, you were against the war in Iraq and that’s OK. But you thought
the war in Afghanistan was OK.
You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing. We
didn’t check with the Russians to see how they did there for 10 years.
we did it, and it was, it’s something to be thought about and I think
that when we get to maybe — I think you’ve mentioned something about
having a target date for bringing everybody home and you give that
target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question. He
says, “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring
them home tomorrow morning?”
And I thought — I thought, yeah — there’s, I’m not going to shut up. It’s my turn.
anyway, we’re going to have, we’re going to have to have a little chat
about that. And then, I just wondered, all these promises and then I
wondered about, you know, when the, What? What do you want me to tell
Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. That. He can’t do that to himself.
You’re crazy. You’re absolutely crazy. You’re getting as bad as Biden.
Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party.
Just kind of a grin with a body behind it.
I just think that there’s much to be done and I think that Mr. Romney
and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. See, I never thought it
was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway, because … Yeah.
think attorneys are so busy. You know, they’re always taught to argue
everything, and always weigh everything and weigh both sides and they’re
always, you know, they’re always devil’s advocating this and
bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff. But, I
think it is maybe time. What do you think for maybe a businessman? How
A stellar businessman. Quote,
unquote, a stellar businessman. And I think it’s that time. And I think
if you just kind of stepped aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.
could still use the plane. Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas
guzzler when you’re going around to colleges and talking about student
loans and stuff like that.
You’re an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that truck around?
OK, well, anyway. All right, I’m sorry. I can’t do that to myself either.
I’d just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I
think is very important. It is that, you, we, we own this country.
Thank you. Thank you.
Yes, we own it. And it’s not you owning it and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
so, they’re just going to come around and beg for votes every few
years. It’s the same old deal. But I just think that it’s important that
you realize and that you’re the best in the world.
whether you’re Democrat or whether you’re a Republican or whether
you’re Libertarian or whatever, you’re the best. And we should not ever
forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let ’em
Let ’em go.
OK, just remember that. And I’m speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn’t hurt, we don’t have to be …
I do not say that word anymore.
Well, maybe one last time.
don’t have to be — what I’m saying, we don’t have to be metal
masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t really even want in
office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys
if you look at some of the recent ads going out there. I don’t know.
You want to make my day, huh?
(AUDIENCE: Make my day!)
Thank you. Thank you very much.