"Meanwhile, President Obama jets to college campuses in the carbon-gushing Air Force One....Obama and his administration officials have made 435 taxpayer-funded visits to college campuses or other events targeting students since March 2011."
8/31/12, "Eastwood Rightly Mocks An Empty-Chair Presidency," IBD Editorial
"In remarks to a chair as vacant as the one in the Oval Office, a Hollywood icon reminds us that the president is a failed employee of the people and it's time to let him go.
As performance shtick, it may not have come off perfectly. But judging from the reaction from those "left of Lenin," as 82-year-old Hollywood legend described it during a sort of surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention Thursday, it skewered our absentee president perfectly.
"Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," tweeted "left of Lenin" film critic Roger Ebert as Eastwood ad-libbed Thursday night to an audience of millions — and one empty chair. "He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."
Eastwood's point, though delivered haltingly, was that President Obama is unworthy of the great nation he disparages and apologizes for incessantly, and that our failed employee should be given his walking papers.
Ebert and others miss the point that it is what Obama has done to us that is sad and pathetic.
Eastwood brought us back to that night four years ago in Denver when the candidate depicted in the not-yet-faded "hope and change" posters stood among Styrofoam Greek columns and promised to lower the sea and heal the planet. Four years later the only thing President Obama has lowered is his golf score.
"Everybody is crying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying ... and I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there are 23 million unemployed people in this country," Eastwood said. This has been
- a sad and pathetic presidency that has left America in tears.
Eastwood reminded us that as taxpayers "we own this country," and as landlords we have the right to evict the occupant of the White House that has run up our electric, grocery and fuel bills. Under Obama, America, as represented by the White House, is "underwater" $16 trillion in debt, and with a national mortgage greater than our national income.
Some felt that Eastwood was trying to make amends for Chrysler's "Halftime In America" Super Bowl ad, which many felt was an endorsement of both government bailouts and the Obama administration. Eastwood insists it was a tribute to the American spirit, not to the president who has spent the past four years trying to crush it.
The government has sold its stake in Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat. Nor is Government Motors itself much of a success story, with shareholders shafted in favor of union bosses and the taxpayer holding the bag to the tune of tens of billions of dollars of devalued stock as the economy is stuck in neutral and the government pushes the fire-prone Chevy Volt.
Eastwood highlighted the empty chair and the empty promises and policies that failed to lower both the sea level and the unemployment rate, stuck at more than 8% for 42 months, a post-Depression record. Meanwhile, President Obama jets to college campuses in the carbon-gushing Air Force One to prattle on about student loans to college students who won't be able to find jobs.
Obama and his administration officials have made 435 taxpayer-funded visits to college campuses or other events targeting students since March 2011. Included have been 164 trips to battleground states, a new study shows, leaving him too busy to meet with his jobs council to find these kids work.
Eastwood's empty chair reminds us of the poem by William Hughes Mearns that goes in part: "Last night I saw upon the stair, A little man who wasn't there, He wasn't there again today, Oh, how I wish he'd go away .. ."
About the only thing that Eastwood needed was to place an empty suit in that empty chair." via Lucianne