RUSH: By the way, Clint Eastwood has spoken up in the Carmel Pine Cone, a local newspaper out there. “Eastwood Says His Convention Appearance was ‘Mission Accomplished — After a week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to. ‘President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,’ Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week.”
That’s Clint Eastwood. “Barack Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” No, he’s the second. Global warming is the greatest hoax, ’cause it lasted a long time. Global warming had a 25-year lifespan. Oh, by the way, Obama was talking to me last night. (imitating Obama) “Climate change is not a hoax.” Yes, it is, just as you are! Bill Clinton described Obama as a fairytale. And now Clint Eastwood: “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and thatÂ’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” That is what Clint Eastwood said.
RUSH: If you are just joining us, if you’re a welfare recipient just getting out of bed, Clint Eastwood granted an interview to a local newspaper where he lives, the Carmel Pine Cone. And in this interview, he said, “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
Let me ask you a quick question. If Eastwood had said that at the convention, instead of what he did (he went out there with the empty chair). If he’d just done a traditional political convention speech and as part of it, said, “Obama’s the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” what do you think the reaction would have been? Now, in the convention hall it would have erupted and you and I would have gone nuts and we woulda loved it. But what about others?
You think so? You think that his name would have been stricken from every Hollywood production he’s ever had anything to do with? You would no longer be able to rent the Dirty Harry movies or buy them, for example? Well, what’s different saying it now than then? It’s out there. Many people are gonna hear about it.
It doesn’t matter. It’s in print and there’s no video. No video of it. That’s interesting. There’s no video, no pictures of it. I think Eastwood knew exactly what he was doing. He went out there, said what he said, did it the way he intended to do it. It’s still got life. His appearance is still being talked about. But you know the Republican consultants would have said, “If he’d-a said that at our convention, that would have really turned off the independents. That would have been very bad. That would not have been respectful disagreement with Obama. That would have been personal insult and the independents would not have liked it.” That’s what our consultants would have said.
But now that he said it, “Obama’s the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” And then he said, “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” This is brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed stuff. He said what he said. It lasted over a week. And now he adds to it with a local newspaper interview, the Carmel Pine Cone. That’s one reason that you hope newspapers don’t all die out. We all need to be able to quote from the Carmel Pine Cone. I don’t care if the big national newspapers have to, the local papers, that’s a whole different world.