President Barack Obama tweeted a cheeky response to actor-director Clint Eastwood, who mocked the president’s record in the form of a debate with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.
“This seat's taken,” the president — or someone in charge of his Twitter account — tweeted, attaching a picture of himself in a chair. The president's Twitter account, used to press his reelection message, has 19 million followers.
Eastwood's odd appearance at the convention set Twitter afire on Thursday evening. In rambling, sometimes confusing remarks, the Republican former mayor of Carmel, Calif., pretended that Obama was cursing Mitt Romney and him as he critiqued Obama's policies. His trademark, deadpan delivery sometimes worked for him — but at other times his dialogue with the missing president was hard to follow.
Within minutes Twitter was flooded with remarks in favor and making fun of the 82-year-old actor-director.
And a new Twitter account, Invisible Obama, was quickly launched and gathered 20,000 followers and counting.
Here is a collection of some reactions from Hollywood celebrities, comics and media figures:
Just ordered extra beer for the live midnight show guests. I think we all need one after Clint. #CNN
Android Mitt did not give a speech of unite the country. And Mitt you are forever tied to Clint Train Wreck Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood should stay home, and look at his old Italian Westerns. He gets the highest award-Wreckitude! Wreckitude! Embarassing to All
Breaking News: Clint Eastwood is yelling at an invisible Joe Biden standing at a urinal
Clint Eastwood made my day.
Hey Republicans why stop at Clint Eastwood bring Mel Gibson out next.
Respect to Clint. 82 years old and putting Twitter over capacity.
Havent partaken in a while, but may need to smoke a joint and watch Clint speech over at half-speed.
(talking points memo)
I. Love. Clint Eastwood.
That's what I thought! RT @dagdahlcast: Clint's doing an old Albert Brooks routine!
#Clint Eastwood needs to Geaux before he embarrass himself. Go ahead and make our convention a laughing stock.
Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him.
#DearWhitePeople – Am I the only one that got a shiver up my spine when Clint Eastwood said to a crazed white crowd "We own this country"
clint eastwood is CRAY