Eastwood’s Unexpected GiftIn comments:
By William F. Gavin
August 31, 2012 11:47 A.M.
I am 77, just at that time of life when I am jaded, weary, and sometimes sick of tryin’. Then along comes Clint Eastwood to remind me that I haven’t seen it all, not by a long shot. Utterly bizarre, totally mesmerizing, unintentionally hilarious, horrifying and wonderful at the same time, like a brief scene from one of those absurdist plays they used to write in the 1960′s. He forgot his lines, lost his way, and, like the life-time jazz lover he is, improvised and did a non-musical version of scat singing. Two — count ’em! — references to an anatomically impossible act — before that audience. And this at the most buttoned-down convention in memory.
All this, his geezer stutterings and mutterings, the over-80 frailness, combined with his undeniable, inescapable charisma which we have watched for 50 years or so — just an unexpected gift, magnificent, inhabiting a different time-space continuum from that of Republican delegates and Mitt Romney (who delivered a good speech very well).
— William F. Gavin is author of Speechwright and a former assistant to Senator James L. Buckley.
It was predictable that even someone beloved as Clint "you feeling lucky, punk?" Eastwood would be thrown under the bus after appearing at the RNC for Mitt Romney. Thanks for putting yourself out there, Clint! We appreciate your public stand.The bus: