Obama says he is a huge Clint Eastwood fan following empty chair speech at republican convention

Obama: I’m a Huge Clint Eastwood Fan

Obama: I’m a Huge Clint Eastwood Fan

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Sept. 2 2012 2:43 PM

Obama: I’m a Huge Clint Eastwood Fan

President Obama speaks during a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on September 1

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President Obama’s opinion of Clint Eastwood appears not to have been affected by the actor/director’s bizarre speech at the Republican National Convention where he “interviewed” an empty chair where an invisible Obama was sitting. “I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” Obama tells USA Today.

"He is a great actor, and an even better director," the president said. "I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific." It seems Obama wasn’t as eager to review Eastwood’s speech as he was his movies, but he made it clear he wasn’t offended, noting that “if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.