Stars Mock Clint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention Speech on Twitter

By: Gary Susman / August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood’s rambling, offbeat 12-minute appearance at the closing night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa so upstaged the rest of the event (including nominee Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech a half hour later) that it was all anyone watching could talk about.

That included celebrities, who watched as the 82-year-old screen legend argue with an empty chair (that was supposed to be President Barack Obama) with fascination, then took to Twitter in derision.

The funniest tweet may have come from comedian Bob Newhart, who, before he was a TV star, was famous for his routines in which he had one-sided phone conversations with imaginary people.

What did Newhart and other snarky celebrities say about Clint Eastwood’s speech?

Other stars were more blunt:

 

Some seemed disappointed to see their hero’s apparent stumble:

 

 

 

Others just riffed on what they saw:

 

 

 

Not everyone thought Eastwood’s speech was a headscratcher. Some supported him wholeheartedly:

 


An anonymous jokester set up a Twitter account called @InvisibleObama that quickly attracted 50,000 followers.

Even the President himself got into the action. The White House response was  a tweeted snapshot, photographed from behind, of Obama in a desk chair, with the caption, “This seat’s taken.”

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