It isn't clear exactly when the decision was made for Hollywood legend and conservative icon Clint Eastwood to speak at the Republican National Convention, but it's amazing that the RNC managed to keep his speech a secret until just hours before his appearance on Thursday night.
As soon as it was announced that Eastwood would take the stage on the final night of the convention, spectators and broadcasters covering the event were filled with excitement.
Predictably, the crowd erupted in cheers as soon as Eastwood stepped out onto the stage. In his response to the reception, Eastwood said, "Save a little for Mitt."
He began by talking about how conservatives are not as rare in Hollywood as people think. He then went on to talk about the 23,000,000 unemployed or underemployed people in America, calling it a national disgrace, according to Politico. At one point, Eastwood remarked that it may be time for someone else to come along and solve the problem.
Eastwood then put his theatrical skills to use, as reported by The Washington Post, launching into a very amusing bit, during which he turned to an empty chair beside him and pretended to carry on a conversation with President Obama. With wit and candor, he criticized various decisions Obama has made during his term as president.
One of the high points of the appearance was when Eastwood said, "When someone does not do the job, we've got to let 'em go." The crowd responded by enthusiastically chanting the statement, repeatedly.
There were many memorable moments in the speech, not the least of which was when someone in the crowd tried to prompt Eastwood to utter his trademark line. At first he was hesitant but then compromised, telling the crowd he would start it and they could finish it. He then said, "Go ahead....", with the crowd responding "Make my day."