Republicans Praise Clint Eastwood's Speech: 'His Comedic Timing Was Good'
TAMPA - Republicans are a leery bunch when it comes to Hollywood's political activists, even when it's someone on their own side. But they were (mostly) all smiles after Clint Eastwood's presentation at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, where his invisible Obama-in-a-chair routine went over very well.
Of the dozens of people The Hollywood Reporter interviewed, only one had a negative take, and it was more about the audience's reaction to Eastwood than about Eastwood himself.
"I saw the audience get very silent, and it was telling that an actor commanded more attention than other people of more substance," said Jim Stoltenberg of Texas. "Some in the audience talked over important speakers, but when Clint came on, they quieted down like they were in church, even the drunks in the hallway."
Other comments were more positive:
"Being a Ron Paul Republican, it hit home when he said the troops should be brought home tomorrow," said Katja Delavar, a Washington state delegate who described herself as "a Christian who first saw Eastwood as Dirty Harry while a little girl living in Iran. I love this man."
"He was awesome. He made my day," said Janet Engelbach of Missourri. "I've loved him forever. Who hasn't!"
"He was fabulous the way he asked and answered questions with the president in the vacant chair," said Ron Wanek of Florida.
"I love Clint Eastwood and I was surprised to learn there were conservatives in Hollywood. I wish I knew who the others were," said Sara Darling of Arkansas.
"He's my hero as a great actor, but now I respect him a lot more because he's conservative," said Lillian Bickel of Colorado. "He's a great American, and his comedic timing was good."
"He put everyone at ease," said Kathryn Edmunds, who exited the stadium singing "God Bless America" along with 53 other high schoolers from the academic organization Junior State of America.
Edmunds, 18, admitted she didn't know who Eastwood was until tonight. "He was hilarious, and I do know who he is," said her friend, Luciano Mozzone.