Eastwood "did a unique thing last night":Ann Romney

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:46am EDT

Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is U.S. President Obama, as he endorses Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is U.S. President Obama, as he endorses Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ann Romney called Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood "a unique guy" after his rambling, one-sided conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama just ahead of her husband Mitt Romney's prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

Eastwood was a surprise speaker at the Tampa convention Thursday night as Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination to run against Obama in the November 6 election. Eastwood spoke to an empty chair, ad-libbing as he pretended Obama was seated in it, and bounced from topic to topic. The performance went over well with many in the audience but some observers said it dimmed Romney's spotlight.

Ann Romney appeared on all three major television network morning shows on Friday and said she was surprised by Eastwood's speech.

"We appreciated Clint's support and he's a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night," she said on "CBS This Morning."

Eastwood followed a touching video about Mitt Romney and his family, showing a more personal side of the presidential candidate in an effort to make him more likeable to voters.

The 82-year-old Academy Award-winning director and actor, who is a long-time Republican, rambled through several topics, berating the empty chair.

Ann Romney said she wished more network prime-time television viewers had seen the family video and other testimonials from fellow Mormon parishioners.

"I think it's important that people do see that side of Mitt," she said on CBS. "We appreciated Clint's support, of course. But it's so hard to really get a sense of who this person is in such a short amount of time.

"Yes, I do wish more people had seen those touching moments."

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (4)
KDupre wrote:
Clint Eastwood was hilarious! I didn’t realize he was a comic too!

Aug 31, 2012 11:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vis_Viva wrote:
So the joke is that Clint Eastwood spent a lifetime building up a massive pile of creative bona fides as an actor and director to blow it all on stage in one giant spectacle of sick irony? That takes dedication. What a showman.

Aug 31, 2012 11:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:
Obama pretty much ignored the country and behaved as if its people were invisible, quite close to what Clint E did to Obama at RNC; that certainly made my day.

Aug 31, 2012 11:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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