Clint Eastwood, The RNC & The Media Coverage . . . The Truth Lies Somewhere In Between

Have you been watching the coverage of The Republican National Convention? If so, I wonder what you think of the speeches? If you are like me, you’ve turned to different channels, like MSNC (for a laugh since they are so liberal and say they are not), CNN for a semi-unbiased attitude, and Fox News for their admittedly conservative leanings, except for Bill O’Reilly who I think is, instead of self-proclaimed unbias, now me thinks he’s leaning a little to the left.

Anyway, after listening to Ann Romney’s speech I was sorely tested to not jump on a plane and find Juan Williams myself and have a little “discussion” with him for his take on Ann Romney’s speech. After he off-handedly threw out the comment that, “I mean she’s a very wealthy woman, I know that and America knows that.” What does that have to do with the speech, Juan, we’re talking about the speech, for heavens sake. As if that wasn’t obnoxious enough, he then proceeded to continue his diatribe against her by calling her a corporate wife (what does that even mean and why is that necessarily wrong)  saying a corporate wife looks like “a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life.”  Yes, Juan she was blessed with breast cancer and MS which you so handily ignored, only focusing on your talking points of envy of wealth. Juan, do you have any money of your own and how does your wife dress, in rags? Okay enough of my diatribe, he just got me so worked up. As for the rest of Ann’s speech, I thought she was charming, authentic and very effective describing her and Mitt’s long love affair together. I believed her take on things and her belief that Mitt believes in making America a better place and is a capable business man who will be able to turn America around.

What I did find amusing was Juan’s obvious absence when they returned from commercial break and Meagan Kelley’s comment that it had nothing to do with Juan’s references to Ann with an angry look in her eyes. The next evening at the table during FOX’s panel analysis he also was suspiciously absent, hmmm, I guess I wasn’t the only person not happy with Juan, now was I? Perhaps he should have taken some cues from his NPR firing?

On to Clint Eastwood’s speech. Now I have to admit, it was a little rough at times, but cut the guy a break, he’s 82 years old. He’s an American Icon, 4 time Oscar Winner, ex-Mayor of Carmel, California and much beloved by America. Perhaps he should be allowed a little leeway as he decided to wing it and wasn’t practiced and smooth in his delivery. But could it all have been an act, down to his disheveled look, for isn’t Clint an actor, after all? What he did deliver, and what I think the pundits and Politocs seemed to have over-looked in all their analysis may be the Senior vote. Clint is for Mitt Romney for President and that was what he was there to deliver, votes. Supposedly some of the Senior Citizen vote is up for grabs, being precariously fought over in this presidential election and I would think Clint could only have helped garner it as the Romney campaign showed nothing but respect and honor for age allowing Clint Eastwood free rein to riff up there on stage having the time of his life being in the spot light again. If you noticed the audience laughed along with him, clapped for him and showed an old man some respect that should be shown to older Americans, something the analysts and pundits left of center just don’t understand. The audience were even begging for him to do his patented line “Go Ahead, make my day!” If attention was paid to all the speeches, time after time Grandparents and parents were mentioned and the honor and respect needed to be shown to them for their need to come to America, yet where was the respect shown to Clint and his speech.

If all you’ve thought you heard from Clint’s speech was nonsense, perhaps you should go back and really listen or read it. He was actually throwing barbs and imparting wisdom during the speech. He started out saying “conservative people, by the nature of the word itself, play it closer to the vest and they don’t go around hot dogging it” speaking about people in Hollywood. Another zinger from Clint “What I’m saying, we do not have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody that we don’t really even want in office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys.” How about when he mentioned this in regards to Obama “I think attorneys are so busy — you know they’re always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything,
weigh both sides. They are always devil’s advocating this and
bifurcating this and bifurcating that.  You know all that stuff.
But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe
a businessman.  How about that? A stellar businessman. And I think it’s that time.  And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.  You can maybe still
use a plane.”  as he gestured to the chair Obama was supposedly sitting in. One more gem of his I’ll impart, “You, we… we own this country and it’s not you owning or the politicians owning it politicians are employees of ours. It’s important that you realize that we’re the best in the world and you should never forget this. When someone does not do his job, we’ve got to let him go.” Bye Bye Mr. Obama!  He also said Biden is kind of a grin with a body behind it. Priceless!

So, I’m hoping people listened to the speeches and the words themselves or will play them on youtube, for my humble opinion seemed to differ from the analysts take, right after having heard them with my own ears! And shouldn’t we make up our own minds, not have the media do it for us, we shouldn’t trust anyone but ourselves to make up our minds.

(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 8/31/12

About Evie Garone

I am an outspoken woman with independent views of the world. I am spiritual but also realistic. I've successfully raised two men who I've sent off to college and am now following my love of the arts, including painting, drawing and writing. Thus, two blogs, two books I sporadically work on, voracious reading, among other loves keep me busy.
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5 Responses to Clint Eastwood, The RNC & The Media Coverage . . . The Truth Lies Somewhere In Between

  1. Gerald Quint says:

    So… you agree with him that it’s bad for the President of the United States, when making a decision, “to argue everything, always weigh everything,
    weigh both sides. They are always devil’s advocating this and
    bifurcating this and bifurcating that. ” You prefer the president not to think about difficult issues?


    • Evie Garone says:

      I notice out of my whole article and out of Clint’s whole speech you could only find one thing to disagree with me about…I’ll take that as a serious accomplishment. . . no not at all do I totally agree with ANYONE, I was quoting Clint to say he made some cogent points…but for a President to be so busy arguing about everything as he does with the other party is NOT finding a solution and bifurcating ad naseum can cause chaos! NO I do not prefer the president to not think about difficult issues! Thank you for reading and commenting! Evie


      • Evie Garone says:

        PS… that was only part of the quote…the rest was about a stellar business man – Mitt Romney taking over compared to a lawyer, perhaps you missed that part? Evie


  2. stevebetz says:

    I thought Ann Romney did a good job of communicating the person that she sees in Mitt, who certainly comes off a little stiff on the podium a lot of times. She seemed a lot less at-ease being a cheerleader, but hey, that’s not really her job is it? I cut her a little slack there.

    I thought Eastwood’s ramble was a disaster. He said a few funny and pointed things, but I felt they got lost in what amounted to a really bad wedding toast.

    Also, you know Romney and Obama both have law degrees from Harvard right? And I think the list of lawyers that were president (both Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Lincoln, Coolidge, Wilson, Roosevelt, Ford, Clinton) stand up significantly better to the ones that were business people before taking office (Andrew Johnson, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover and both Bushes).


  3. Evie Garone says:

    Obviously, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on who’s been better Presidents as I do not agree on your list. We’re coming at this from different points of view and I don’t think either of us will ever change on that!

    As you say, yes I am aware that both have law degrees as I didn’t present Clint’s speech and am only quoting him saying how I thought some of his points were good, perhaps the world will be a better place now that we’ve settled that and all my readers are aware of the truth of that. The one difference is that Obama continues to use his law strength of arguing (what Clint was trying to say) and never acts or reaches a conclusion such as on the country’s budget…you know the thing we’ve never had since BUSH. As far I know, Romney never used his law degree, he continues to use his business degree and strengths and as business demands makes decisions not circular arguments so he’ll be the right man for the White House in 2012. I appreciate how you and my other commenter found a few obvious points that you disagree with and pointed them out so I can explain myself — I can’t wait to see the DNC this week ….I shall be at the edge of my seat!

    I also thought Ann was so wonderful…I did not see the loss of ease you are speaking of. I believe she delivered on her mission, above and beyond, looked good doing it, and seemed to enjoy doing it. Again, perhaps we are coming from totally different places?!


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