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Clint Eastwood Mocked For RNC ‘Empty Chair' Monologue

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clint Eastwood has been earning plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention.

While looking at an empty chair, Eastwood carried on a kooky, long-winded conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama, telling him that he failed to deliver on his promises, and that it's time for Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to take over.

Minutes after Eastwood began his speech, someone created an @InvisibleObama account on Twitter. It already has amassed 30,000 followers and counting.

Actor Bob Newhart tweeted, "I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC."

The Obama campaign tweeted a photo of the back of the president's chair, with Obama's head peeking over it, along with the line: "This seat's taken."

Ann Romney said she appreciates the support Clint Eastwood gave her husband's presidential bid, even if the actor's bizarre monologue at the GOP convention isn't earning rave reviews.

Romney told "CBS This Morning" she didn't know what to expect when Eastwood came on stage Thursday as a warm up act. Eastwood's rambling conversation with an empty chair representing an imaginary President Barack Obama drew laughs in the convention hall, but has been widely mocked by critics.

Ann Romney was peppered with questions on morning news shows about whether Eastwood's appearance was a distraction. She said Eastwood was "a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night."

Eastwood's routine went on twice as long as planners expected, cutting into the hour of prime time coverage for Republicans.

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