In a light-hearted, but highly successful twist, Hollywood star Clint Eastwood delivered one of the most riveting addresses of the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, shortly before Mitt Romney took to the Convention floor to deliver his acceptance speech.
The 82-year-old star of countless film classics is an open Republican, one of the few openly Republican actors in Hollywood. He sure did not hold back in lashing out against President Obama for failing to deliver on his promises four years ago.
Eastwood adopted the unique format of an interview with a ficticious President Obama, in which an empty chair sat beside Eastwood as he asked Obama to explain his failing as president.
"How do you handle promises that you made? What do you say to people?" Eastwood asked Obama. "Even people in your own party were disappointed cause you didn't close Gitmo."
Eastwood then adopted the central theme of the Convention, "We Built This," saying that the people "own this country. It's not you owning it, it's not politicians owning it. Politicans are employees of ours."
Then came the line that drove the most applause, "When someone does not do the job, we got to them go."
"We don’t have to vote for someone we don’t even really want in office, just because they seem like nice guys, or maybe even not so nice guys if you look at some of the recent ads out there," Eastwood said.
He concluded by telling the audience, "It's time for a businessman, a stellar businessman."
In classic Eastwood fashion, the actor ended his speech with the famous line from his movies, "Go ahead, make my day."
As PolicyMic Tampa correspondent Nick McNiff said, "Clint Eastwood was great. Really funny, dry humor leading up to a more serious discussion about how Romney and Ryan are the guys for the job."