Barack Obama Responds To Clint Eastwood 'Empty Chair' Speech

2 September 2012

Barack Obama has said he is a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, who made a divisive speech about the US President during a Republican convention this weekend.

The actor-turned-director gave a 12-minute improvised speech to an empty chair, imagining Obama sitting on it and calling him out on promises he supposedly has not kept since being voted in back in 2008.

However, speaking to USA Today, Obama refused to get dragged in to a war of words.

"I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan," he said. "He is a great actor, and an even better director. I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific."

All he would say on the star's controversial speech was: "One thing about being president or running for president — if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession."

Asked if his Democratic party will pull a similar stunt in Charlotte on Tuesday, he smiled: "I think we'll be playing this pretty straight."

Eastwood was speaking in support of Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who is running against Obama in this winter's election.

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