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Celebs React To Clint Eastwood's 'Invisible Obama' RNC Speech

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Aug. 31 2012, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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All the buzz on Friday is centered around Clint Eastwood, as the 82-year-old Hollywood legend delivered a quirky endorsement for presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Celebrities were swift to react on Twitter, as Clint's speech -- an 11-minute conversation chastising an imaginary President Barack Obama -- dredged up many witty responses.

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* The Voice coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine: "Clint Eastwood has gone f**kin nutterbutters yo."

* Comic legend Bob Newhart: "I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC. My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit…"

* Movie critic Roger Ebert: "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."

* Star Trek star Zachary Quinto: "Is this a segment for 'Mrs. Eastwood and Company'?"

* The Newsroom star Olivia Munn: "Clint Eastwood was talking to an empty chair at the RNC...No, that's not the set up to a joke. Its not even a joke."

* Actor and LGBT advocate George Takei: "Clint Eastwood's RNC speech was to imaginary Obama in an empty chair. I'm drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory."

* Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt: "To restore balance to the universe, Obama must have Tommy Chong onstage at the DNC talking to a steak."

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* MSNBC political analyst Rachel Maddow: "Looking at Rubio & Romney but all I can see is the Clint Eastwood performance art that just happened on that stage. What were they thinking?"

* Soap opera star Nancy Lee Grahn: "20 yrs ago i wanted Clint Eastwood to make my day. Now I just want him to take his pills and b grateful he doesnt need medicare."

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In Eastwood's monologue, he skewered the president for what he believes to be a string of broken and unfulfilled promises.

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"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?" he said, speaking to an empty chair. "When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go.

"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? OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City."

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Eastwood continued talking to the 'invisible Obama' saying, "I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this country. We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

"And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize, that you're the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you're libertarian or whatever, you are the best.



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