On Friday, iconic actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood was revealed as the mystery speaker on the final night of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Eastwood was obviously there to lend some Hollywood dazzle to the dull proceedings while supporting Mitt Romney as the GOP’s candidate (let’s not even get in to the deep hypocrisy of that move considering their constant bashing of Obama as a “Hollywood elite”), but the 82-year-old went off on an unexpectedly long and bizarre ramble in which he addressed an empty chair as President Barack Obama and aired some factually inaccurate grievances. The senile, almost avant garde speech was an obvious distraction from the tightly controlled event — not to mention a cringeworthy and rather worrying sight for longtime fans of the man — and it subsequently went viral, with an Invisible Obama Twitter account already gaining 63,000 followers, and a witty retort posted soon afterwards on Barack Obama’s Twitter. Jon Stewart addressed the speech on last night’s episode of The Daily Show — filmed on location in Tampa, Florida this week — reveling in its weird glory and calling it “a fistful of awesome” amidst the tired rhetoric, empty platitudes and overwrought attacks of the convention, and his breakdown of its significance was pretty spectacular. Stephen Colbert took things a step further afterwards on The Colbert Report, featuring an empty chair as his guest and launching into a heated and hilarious debate with it which he eventually lost. Eastwood’s weird speech was the surprising standout of the news cycle this week, proving embarrassing for the Romney campaign and providing comedy gold for the likes of Stewart and Colbert, and I suspect this won’t be the last we hear of it.
If you missed it, watch Clint Eastwood’s speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention below.
Watch Jon Stewart’s reaction on The Daily Show below.
Watch Stephen Colbert’s reaction on The Colbert Report below.