"They’ve Got This Crazy Actor Who’s 82 Years Old Up There"

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Sept. 7 2012 9:36 AM

"They’ve Got This Crazy Actor Who’s 82 Years Old Up There"

CHARLOTTE -- Good on Clint Eastwood for giving his first, probably only post-game interview about his RNC speech to the Carmel Pine Cone. (Eastwood was briefly the mayor of Carmel, California.) Fonally: The origin of the chair.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”
He asked a stagehand to take it out to the lectern while he was being announced.
“The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it.’”

In the spirit of this undying story and undying meme, here's a photo I snapped from the press stands of Obama addressing a row of empty chairs. (The extra chairs were filled by a revolving cast of observers and family members. Toward the end of the speech, these people left to go backstage.)