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This is not the tweet of a confident man

This is not the tweet of a confident man

Looks like Clint Eastwood got under Obama’s skin.

Obama sent this tweet today in response to Eastwood mocking Obama last night by using an empty chair as a prop (via The Rhetorican):

While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it did.

If it didn’t, Obama would not have felt the need to respond.

It must have been a late night in AxelPlouffe HQ figuring out what to do, and whether Eastwood making a mockery of Obama’s empty suit chair before tens of millions of people was something which could not be left to just the media to counter.

This is not the tweet of a confident man.

Update: That seat has been taken


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“This seat’s taken.”

Not for long, you imperious pr*ck. Tick-tock.

    That is exactly what I thought too! Not for long.

    You all might like this too. More Eastwood quotes.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to raven. | August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve long suspected that Obama is a typical beta-male, devoid of any claim on possessing, or ever hoping to possess, a Man Card. This confirms it, because getting b*tch slapped by Clint Eastwood – Rowdy Yates, The Man With No Name, Josey Wales, Harry Callahan, Gunny Highway, Coogan, Morris Schaffer, Private Kelly, Jon Hemlock, Frank Morris, et. al. – is the height of ignobility. That warm, wet spot on your leg, Mr. President, is a message from Bo. Even he’s embarrassed for you.

And he can take it with him when he moves out in January.

Sure it worked. Look at the liberal melt down at Memorandum as liberals attempt to discredit Eastwood.
They are collectively making his day.
Even Michael Moore has deja vu vapors as he recalls this

Moore recounted an encounter with Eastwood at an annual National Board of Review film awards ceremony held in New York a “few years ago.”

“I was there to hand out one of the honors. When it came time for Eastwood to accept his, he went up to the microphone and growled to me in front of the audience, ‘If you ever show up at my house with that camera, I’ll shoot you on sight.’ The audience laughed, I laughed, but the person who issued the threat wasn’t laughing,” Moore added.

“That creeped me out a bit. I made sure never to go stand on Clint Eastwood’s lawn,” he said.

theduchessofkitty | August 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

I told you Clint Eastwood’s speech was effective! Very effective. As effective as a Stealth fighter.

As y’all can see, it definitely drew blood. The One saw his face all beaten up and bloodied in the mirror… and by an octogenarian, no less! Can you say, “Get off my lawn”?

Of course, The One doesn’t like the sight of His Divinity made into a Monty-Python-worthy, full-blown mockery.

And it works! 🙂

DavidJackSmith | August 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Obama turns his back on the American people and tweets a photo of himself sitting on a throne.

That’ll be his self-awareness bypass, which we would know about if we could see his medical records.

What the silly liberals miss with Eastwood’s comparison of Stewart’s “Harvey” routine is the basic metaphor for our imaginary President.
Any attack or criticism of Obama’s vanity gets in his head.
Just as Newt’s Food Stamp President did.

“This is not the tweet of a confident man.” Nor was it the best picture to use. He looks like he is being swallowed by the chair. The incredible shrinking president. Someone commented elsewhere, it looks like the back of Alfred E. Newman’s head.

That tweet was pretty childish. Sort of on the same scale as “I won”. It’s as if obama can’t stand being on the losing end of one-up-man-ship.

    raven in reply to BarbaraS. | August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I think he’s going to regret that tweet.

    But I’ll quibble with the professor. I think the tweet suggests a kind of felonious confidence that he will win this election by hook or by crook. That he has the tools in place or the plans in mind (voter fraud, etc.) to win this NO MATTER WHAT.

      terimwal in reply to raven. | August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I thought of that, too, raven. Pray it isn’t true.

      creeper in reply to raven. | August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Good point, raven. That tweet is an in-your-face.

      But it’s not effective because it’s more dissembling, more refusal to acknowledge the real issues. It’s the response you would expect from a high school sophomore.

      Just another desperate attempt to distract.

Sure looks like the “People’s seat” to me.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Mary Sue. | August 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    That was my first thought as well – Time to hit back on that tweet with a bit of Scott Brown…

    That’s the People’s Seat, We Decide Who Sits There

Obama, you’re such a coward you won’t even show your face in that photo.
You’re not going to be sitting in that chair for long, because you’ll be out on your ass.

Ill leave it alone after this but it just cracks me up.

First of all..Eastwood is about as big as they get in Hollywood. Obama knows this.
The notion that a influential actor/director jabbed at him attacks his vanity.
Comparing him to an imaginary rabbit is just too funny and perfect.
Add to that Eastwoods simple reminder..that you know? We own this country and politicians are our employees.
What an effective takedown of The Great American Pharoah.

When you’re a big name, with other people handling your correspondence, you get to decide what to react to and what to ignore. Yes, I would say that Eastwood stung him. He is the thinnest-skinned President in recent memory…perhaps since 1789.

How do you think that “likeability gap” is looking today, Pres. Thin-skin?


Rags The bonus is..liberals are attacking Eastwood for being old etc. Mental capacity diminished etc.
Keep digging thathole liberals…paint yourselves as the anti old folks party

    Yep, as I said in an earlier post – all that moaning and groaning about Clint’s speech will just encourage more people to look at it, people who probably have never watched a convention at all! Raising my glass to Clint, the director’s director!

    Ragspierre in reply to jimzinsocal. | August 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I really agree that Clint out-Alinskied the Collective.


Dude, that seat belongs to US, not you. And we’ll put whoever we want in it. And that means – Romney, in January 2013.

Get over it.

    The seat may become occupied by Romney in 2013, but that doesn’t mean anything will change in DC–Congress will still spend more than our collective income, laws will still be written and ignored (except when the ‘little’ people can be denied or damaged by it’s enforcement), and the economy will collapse. I’ve seen nothing from the behavior of the GOP both before or during the convention to think that they’ve been listening to the Tea Party, the Ron Paul supporters, or the fiscal conservatives.

    I’ll be voting my conscious, Gary Johnson (LP).

      And Gary Johnson will still lose, Romney will lose, and Obama will win.

      So – what’s your point again?

      JoAnne in reply to princepsCO. | August 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Well, that’ll show ’em! What do you not understand about incrementalism? The lefties understand it, why don’t you? The Tea Party will take over if we the people vote them in instead of standing on your “principles.” Rome wasn’t built in a day. But we can start rebuilding the GOP one candidate at a time.

      When you and your family are about to go over a cliff, you need to worry more about grabbing whatever’s there that will slow your slide, than you do about getting a little dirt under your fingernails.

      This nation is headed towards just such a cliff … and if we don’t grab hold of Mr. Romney and back him up by MAKING SURE both he and every conservative Congresscritter with a shred of principle are elected in November, within the next four years Mr. Obama will be able to push us right off that cliff into the malaise of Euro-style social democracy.

      And if you think that Ron Paul or Gary Johnson will get the traction they need to succeed him in 2016 and climb back up that cliff … if millions of Americans are (once again) duped into going along with the Progressive paradigm through getting “free stuff’ … you need to think again.

      This mess took over 40 years to make – it will NOT be cleaned up overnight. Mr. Romney was not my first choice – not because he’s a bad choice, but because he was so tied into the GOP wing of the professional/political complex that, like you, I abhor.

      But you know what … this is NOT 2008, when we were still simply showing up to vote, checking for the (R), then putting our vote next to it and leaving. Tea Party conservatives and other people of principle are in the process of infiltrating the GOP, to turn it back to the sound principles that make this nation work like no other.

      Cast your protest vote, and you undermine that insurgency. Count on it.

BTW: The seat may be ‘taken’ (for now), but it is not ‘filled’. There’s a difference. Having the title of ‘President’ does not mean you are actually a President. It’s like a little boy running around in a cowboy outfit and a hobbie horse.

    The conservatives need to own this hashtag: #ThisSeatsTaken
    Here’s my first contribution:

    Crucian Conservative ‏@CrucianConserva
    Mr. Obama, the seat’s not taken; it must be earned. #ThisSeatsTaken

listingstarboard | August 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Eastwood was brilliant last night. He managed to convey how pompous and idiotic the Obama “coronation” was, how Obama is an empty suit, how 23 million people are suffering, how vile and uncivil the Obama administration is in reality, and how he has done nothing for this country in the last 3 1/2 years. “We own this country”. And he also highlighted the complete hypocrisy of the left–they loved him when he was shilling for GM in in January, but when he plays for the other team he is “senile” and “demented” Well done, Mr. Eastwood.

Wow. Just wow.

Nice work, Axlerod.

Eastwood’s empty chair was a spoof.

You’re pic is a real life example of an empty chair.

Empty chair = empty suit = a failure

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I was nervous when Clint was talking.

I’ve read one take that insisted he was playing up the Jimmy Stewart and frailty bits.

Doesn’t matter either way. It was a winner. Why?

Because it got people watching transfixed … and supposedly Twitter was immediately on fire about it … so certainly anybody not watching immediately tuned in.

I’ll bet you anything it increased viewership for Rubio and Romney.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to LukeHandCool. | August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I think Clint wisely decided not to make a first attempt at a serious political speech worthy of its schedule slot at the GOP National Convention. That’s not what he does.

    I think we got Clint the writer and director last night, as opposed to Clint the Actor or Clint the Icon. A stew needs a spoon to stir it, and Clint decided to use humor to stir the GOP stew.

    I think he got drunk with some buddies a couple weeks ago and they got into a late night, stoned ‘what if you did this or that’ bullshit session.

    I think his targets were independents and Democrats.

    I think Clint did great. It was odd, purposely disjointed, and intended to raise in viewers’ minds silent concerns for his mental acuity, but it was a superb acting job that made it impossible to take your eyes off the screen. His acting evoked concern for his sanity, but the words, the ideas, were loud and clear. Reason from confusion. Order from chaos. Romney/Ryan from Obama/Biden.

    I think having riveted our attention, Clint brought the red meat in a very effective way, ironically taking a page out of Alinsky. Clint mocked and ridiculed Obama. He used a running skit, imagined conversations, and the personna of a reasonable, if addlepated, man trying to make sense of the insensibility of the Obama regime.

    I think the most effective bit was visual, the use of an empty chair to symbolize what Obama has become. Powerful image, certain to appeal to indies and Dems with buyer’s remorse from their 2008 support of Obama. Clint’s empty chair will sit next to Ryan’s faded poster for the duration of the campaign.

    I think Clint could have evoked a more familiar symbology by draping an empty suit across the empty chair.

      LukeHandCool in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      And the spoonfull of sugar that made the quirky medicine go down … was Clint admitting that he cried, too, when an African-American was elected President.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Zachriel. | August 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm


    Everybody’s talking about it.

    Eastwood drew blood. The One’s “Divine” blood. Publicly. Devastatingly.

    Best line of Eastwood’s speech, of all the darned wonderful lines he said last night: an all-American, no-nonsense, “When somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ’em go.”

    That was directed straight at Your Precious One. And it fell on him like an aircraft missile. No Democrat and MSM type in this land saw it coming. They’re crying “I’m hurt” to their Mommies right now. “Bad! Bad Eastwood!” when they have behaved like total creeps for way too long.

    The One, Democrats and the MSM have gotten away with too much. Not anymore.

    The American People know it – and all our empty pocketbooks as well. And in November, we will deliver our own missiles. A delivery of seventy-million You’re Fired’s to The One.

    Nope. The Chair didn’t win. The One won’t win. We The People of the United States of America will make very sure of that.

      Clint Eastwood is a great actor, director, writer and musician.

      theduchessofkitty: Everybody’s talking about it.

      “He’s a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night.” — Ann Romney

      “I cringed.” — Scott Walker

      “Never work with animals or children or chairs.” — W.C. Fields

    logos in reply to Zachriel. | August 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Zachriel, is this defunct lefty blog yours?

Henry Hawkins | August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I spent a lot of time ice fishing in my youth in Michigan. The big waters would shift the heavy ice and sometimes you’d a hear an ominous rumbling cra-a-a-ack rip through the three foot thick ice. Obama heard it last night.

How many followers almost instantly?

Wow. Obama’s team just cannot resist punching down, can they? By responding to an actor’s comments at a political convention, the Obama team shows once again they just haven’t a clue about how to behave. Childish responses and lies when they should simply ignore a speech just demonstrate why this crew has screwed up everything in their lamentable 4 years of office.

    creeper in reply to iconotastic. | August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Except that given Obama’s temperament there’s no way on earth he could have ignored it. He hates being laughed at more than anything else. Eastwood tossed out the bait and Barry-O went for it…hook, line and sinker.

[…] ANOTHER ONE: Professor Jacobson links with an excellent point (thanks!): “This is not the tweet of the confident man.” […]

confident man

Right. How could he be? He’s been a slick, entitled recipient of set-asides all his life who has done nothing (repeat: nothing), ever.

Now, all his fears are coming true. Adios, Barack. Go back to Chicago and take all your gangstah poseur act with you.


ConserveLiberty | August 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

You don’t have to puch back twice as hard. Just keep poking him. Poke. Poke. Poke. Sooner or later he’ll screw up and make another unscripted but thoroughly revealing, “You didn’t build that!” gaffe. And then another. And another ……

I agree that it’s not the tweet of a confident man. I’d add that his statement that he’ll be more bipartisan in a second term is the statement of a man who thinks that the Republicans will control both houses of Congress.

The photo looks just like a Michael Ramirez cartoon.

SoCA Conservative Mom | August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Not the tweet of a confident man… tweet of an arrogant man?

I must admit, I was focused on figuring out my new cell phone when Mr. Eastwood came on. Before looking up I thought, “what the hell, he sure doesn’t sound composed and ready to give a speech.” After looking up I realized he was speaking to an empty chair and got it. I love that he got a jab in at Biden without being crass. I love that he reminded us of how crass Obama and Biden are by using only innuendo. What an ingenious chose to lead into Rubio and then Romney. When I think of Mr. Eastwood, the images in my mind are of High Planes Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, etc., etc. Images that Romney wants to portray?

Tell the Dems to keep attaching him for being old, and even senile (how’s that working out with seniors?). They can’t argue with the substance of what he said.

    Watching Eastwood last night the action films never crossed my mind.

    That was strictly “Any Which Way But Loose”.

    I think people have forgotten the comedies Eastwood did. His sense of timing is perfect.

Am I the only one who hears echos of someone trying to tell Scott Brown that it was the Kennedy seat (Senate)?

No, it’s the peoples’ seat. And the chair is not TAKEN. It’s on loan as long as you do a decent job and deserve it.

Which, Mr Obama you’ve done neither.

What that seat is being is taken … away from you.

Henry Hawkins | August 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Obama has been propped up for the entirety of his adult life. Now we begin to see what Obama is like without the props, because it is apparent that he is losing supporters fast. Check out this pitiful speaker lineup for the DEM NC in Charlotte:

Not to mention the fact that this is about an election, which Obama has to win. Come November, it’s a chair that is NOT taken.

The guy acts like because he’s sitting in the chair now that he is entitled to sit in it for 4 more years.


NC Mountain Girl | August 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Here is another factor to chew on. I sense a lot of fear of crime out there but with this racist dog whistle media it is close to impossible for Romney’s campaign to ever state that Mitt is a real Law and Order guy. Would Clint Eastwood make a very public endorsement of a candidate who wasn’t? It goes without saying.

Left this comment at the prior LI post about last night:

I thought Clint Eastwood’s piece was, beyond the stories of the rose and the teenager dying of cancer, the most effective speech of the entire evening. We conservatives are understandably concerned we are preaching to the choir, online, on Twitter, on our computers, in our like minded friends’ ears. Eastwood spoke not to US but to those who are outside the “church door” if you will. He spoke to the duped masses who wanted to believe that a “Black Editor of the Harvard Law Review” represented the finest America had to offer, and that voting for him was in essence a consecration of the “American Dream.” What Eastwood said was that the American Dream is not a Naked Emperor who promises a good show of imaginary finery spun from the richest of materials but rather 23 million ordinary Americans being able to find and work a job. Eastwood’s speech was no demented Hollywood insider’s “vague” or “rambling” monologue. It was literally an indictment of Barack Obama and a plea to America the Jury to hand down its verdict this November, and in the process, to reject the Defense Lawyer’s phony script.

Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people.

Brilliant move by Romney. The Obama team couldn’t see this possibility coming???

This is the guy who supposedly plays 3-dimensional chess … and his team??? Flat-footed. Caught.

Does the Presidents chair actually have a higher back that the other chairs ? seems odd …

    Sanddog in reply to dorsaighost. | August 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    The chair is definitely too big for him. As is the job.

    I guess the little brass plaque on the back is to let him know he’s allowed to sit with the grownups.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to dorsaighost. | August 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    The higher back is needed to support the swelled head. There are straps on the front if required.

Except that given Obama’s temperament there’s no way on earth he could have ignored it. He hates being laughed at more than anything else. Eastwood tossed out the bait and Barry-O went for it…hook, line and sinker.

This is exactly right. Narcissists cannot abide mockery. It eats at their core delusion of superiority.

TeeTime could no more avoid responding to Eastwood’s jabs than he could avoid taking his next breath.

The Picador Strategy is working quite well. Keep it up and we’ll get to see him implode.

“This is not the tweet of a confident man.”

But it is the twit of a confidence man. 😀

IMO, something unseemly about the POTUS tweeting. This tweet, in particular, is beneath the Office. Besides, thought he wasn’t watching?

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to rotate. | August 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    The be an Original Alinskyite, Obama sure can’t keep his cool. Ol’ Saul himself said that responding to ridicule was ineffective at best, and at its worst, perpetuated and gave credibility to the ridicule.

    Responding to an icon like Clint Eastwood is like punching water. No matter how hard Teh Chosen Won hits it, that old water just reclaims its space once he removes his hand.

    Keep flailing, sluggo.

It sounds like the tweet of a ten year-old brat. (And frighteningly, a brat enough Americans have given an absolute monopoly of force.)

What Eastwood’s performance did was demonstrate how easy a target Obama is, and how pathetic and dangerous the GOP establishment’s fear is.

If Obama loses, don’t think he is going relinquish power easily. I honestly believe there will be a crisis moment when Obama and his team of co-lunatics will consider their “options” post-election loss (if not right now considering “options” PRE-election, so there wont’ be one). Hopefully, more rational heads will prevail, and will let little barry keep sitting in his chair, but roll it out of the White House with him in it.

Find this scenario hard to believe? Then consider all the executive orders he’s issued giving him horrifyingly broad police-type power (for example, an Internet kill switch (for what rational purpose, other than to quash opposition communication?)) I will say it until I’m blue in the face, but Obama is nuts, and the people closest to him are equally nuts,and some are worse. They don’t view having the power of the presidency in terms of “4 years” — they viewed Obama’s inauguration as a coronation. They have no plans of relinquishing such power over the mere annoyance of an election.

Expect the worst. If it doesn’t happen, great — at least we”ll always remember who this guy really is. If Obama loses — or worse, wins — at least you’ll know what you need to be up against.

    I agree, except for the “absolute monopoly.”
    It’s not absolute. That’s not in our social contract, not anywhere in the West. A careful reading of Hobbes even leaves a gap between the scales of Leviathan. Prima facie? Yes. Decent respect to the opinions of mankind? Check. Prudence Indeed? For sure.

    But it is not. Absolute. Not while we still draw breath.
    Anyone who grows up here knows that, and Someone is

      So when that someone from the government is ‘on your lawn,’ what are you going to do about it? Go on the Internet and sound the alarm? There won’t be a functioning Internet.

      Don’t underestimate a despot. People underestimating their intent is their single-most potent weapon.

        The problem with hitting the kill switch close to the election, it that it cuts off HIS communications as well … and in the process leaves us free to look at our neighbors and say, “what did we tell you?”

        Even the MSM can’t cast a big enough smoke screen to hide this behind.

      So when that someone from the government is ‘on your lawn,’ what are you going to do about it? Go on the Internet and sound the alarm? There won’t be a functioning Internet.

      Don’t underestimate a despot. People underestimating their intent is their single most potent weapon.

[…] the other hand, there’s this: While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it […]

As my mom used to say,

“Being thin-skinned does not fill out an empty suit.”

Well, actually, she didn’t say that. I just did. But it would’ve made her giggle.

It’s the tweet of an adolescent. Just like the reddit stunt attempt to divert media attention from the RNC.

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Mr. Obama, you didn’t build that chair, America did and would like it back.

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He sounds like a 5th grade wannabe bully when he has his 8th grade brother standing behind him.

9thDistrictNeighbor | August 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I suppose this means he watched the speech as well.

The picture I’d really like to see is the expression on his face after Clint was finished. Or, perhaps a side angle where we could see the steam erupting from his ears….

I already know what Michelle’s face looked like…I’ve seen that one too many times before.

Interesting demographic I just noticed at Facebook.

Current U.S. Results:
Updated: 08/31/12What did you think of Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the RNC?

1,408 Made my day (58.50%)
628 Unforgiven (26.09%)371
Stay off this lawn, Hollywood (15.41%)

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A confident man doesn’t hire a dunce to be his understudy. He hires someone who is at least as formidable as himself.

Looks like another arrogant “we won” kind of stance. … and they talk about Romney being “cold” and “distant”?

No, but it is consistent with the deluded thinking of a cock-sure, clueless narcissist.

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This is one of the best applications of Saul Alinsky’s Rule #5 in modern memory. To wit:

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

The Left cannot stand or tolerate ridicule when used against them, since their entire conceit is built on the notion that they are superior to others.

Clint did in 12 minutes what 150 million dollars in Koch Money couldn’t do in two years of relentless TV ads.

    Cassandra Lite in reply to section9. | August 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Here’s how it’s done. GB Shaw once sent Churchill to tickets to opening night of a new play (don’t know which) with a note that said, “Bring a friend–if you have one.”

    Churchill sent it back with a note that said, “Busy tonight. Will take tickets for second night–if there is one.”

      Cassandra Lite in reply to Cassandra Lite. | August 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      obviously: TWO tickets. Sorry.

        LukeHandCool in reply to Cassandra Lite. | August 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        I love me a good Churchill comeback.

        I hope Romney and Ryan put an empty chair on stage at every rally from now on. Run with it.

        Kind of like having William Shatner “”singing”” Rocket Man. So “different” it’s now classic.

If Feinstein’s opponent had an empty podium “debate” to highlight the lack of real debates could Feinstein hit back with a “this podium’s taken” shot of her standing behind a different podium? No, that would be silly. So’s this.

The fact that many of his supporters think it’s not only witty but classy tells me they’re doing their best to highlight the syco in sycophant

I thought Eastwood’s talk was brilliant. Mainly because he wasn’t so much speaking to the choir, but aiming towards those not already in the Romney column, those who maybe tuned in just to see what a older famous actor had to say.

That, and the fact that he talked, more so than he gave a speech. His ‘we own this’ coupled with an appeal to people of all political stripes was a subtle (and IMO effective) means of staking claim to the center while relegating Obama (and thereby anyone who sticks with him) to the fringe.

I love hearing him referred to as an empty suit. I made a photoshop of Obama as an empty suit near the start of his term, based on his own admission that he’s a blank slate.

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The photo shows how small and petty Obama is (and how gigantic his Dumbo ears are).

The seat is taken but the only thing there is a suit.

Jennifer Rubin

Eastwood apparently so annoyed the egomaniacal president that the leader of the Free World felt compelled to hit back via Twitter (“this seat is taken”) at the movie star. Talk about losing your presidential aura. Empty chair = Obama is now a powerful association. Will the chair be in ads?

The empty chair theme is now an iconic damnation of the Obama Administration. Check out the #InsertChair hastag on Twitter, for example.

Romney owes Clint Eastwood big time!

[…] Per Alinksy Rule #5 – Ridicule is a Man’s Most Potent Weapon, Eastwood deployed a nuke. And, it seemed to go radioactive on Obama quite quickly. Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection has the details on Obama’s pictoral response, which is an amalgam of childish and inane: This is not the tweet of a confident man. […]

Urkel is sitting in the Presidents chair while the President is out on a fund raising trip?

This seat is taken, and will be vacated on Nov. 6. Be patient.

Funny thing is Obama said he would not watch the GOP Convention. Another Obama promise to his base, broken.

Funny thing 2: Obama actually acknowledged the Empty Chair and the lone Teleprompter represented him.

I bet a President Clinton would laugh with the GOP: “Oh, Clint, that old rascal!” You can’t laugh at someone who laughs with you.

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“Not the tweet of a confident man”? How about, “here’s the presidency of a man with more confidence in himself than he deserves”?

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“While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it did.
If it didn’t, Obama would not have felt the need to respond.”

Seriously, professor, are we 12? Obama played off the mockery, like any politician in a tight race. And if Obama didn’t respond, I’m sure you would have had a blog post for that, too. Go back to preparing for your classes!

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