The original title of this post was going to be “Go Fuck Yourself” but then I didn’t want to spoil the entire topic of this post… ooopsie… just did. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Clint in a dialogue with an invisible Obama
Clint Eastwood was the surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention last night. With all guns a blazing, he came out and gave his thoughts on Obama and lumped whatever praise he could on the GOP. Part of that was a pseudo conversation with a chair, which was to suggest that Obama was there. And while he did mention a couple valid shortcomings with the president, he ventured into a territory that was beneath him.
From the video above at the 6:00 min mark: (already set to that mark)
So anyway, we’re going to have — we’re going to have to have a little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, all these promises — I wondered about when the — what do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. I can’t tell him to do that to himself.
To borrow a line that Vice President Cheney told Senator Patrick Leahy on the senate floor in 2004, Clint was placing “Go fuck yourself!” into the mouth of invisible Obama, as directed to Romney.
And while I’m sure others were at outraged as I was, our president’s response wasn’t going to be repeating that phrase back to Mr. Eastwood. It was more of a “touché”
Some have called the above photo of Obama in the chair “pathetic” and “petty” without nary a mention of Clint’s moment of shame. Really?
I have no issue with the word fuck. I use it often in my life… curbing myself when appropriate, but telling someone “go fuck yourself” or as Clint did, using it as a form of humor as a dig to Obama, is not classy or something that’s acceptable. It’s a derogatory statement for anyone to say to anyone else.
Disagree with our president all you want, but laughing at or not being appalled at Clint’s banter at the RNC is something that I find offensive.
What say you… did Clint go too far or is it now acceptable to use that phrase in a humorous fashion at a political convention?