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David Sterritt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172011

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001

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‘If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me …’

‘If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me …’

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The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

David Sterritt

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in 2012, where he opted for an impromptu performance in which he addressed an empty chair, pretending that President Obama was in it. His performance was inspired by the song ‘I Am … I Said’ by Neil Diamond, which he heard on the radio before giving his speech. In an analysis of the event, a Huffington Post political editor noted that while Eastwood is ‘consistently a Republican’,‘he is also 'pro-gay marriage, pro-choice and pro-environment', which means that he would not have been an ideal speaker for the event’. Of the speech itself, the Huffington Post analyst remarked that the ‘prolific actor and director … appeared to be showing his age’.

Keywords:   Republican National Convention, I Am … I Said, Neil Diamond, Huffington Post, Republican

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