By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY Aug 31, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mitt Romney thought Clint Eastwood and his “invisible Obama” routine was “funny.”
“I was backstage with him and he was laughing,” Romney strategist Stuart Stevens told reporters today.
Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention, in which he pretended to speak to President Obama as though he was sitting next to him, has been the topic of the day. Ann Romney called Eastwood’s delivery “unique,” but the routine has been mocked on Twitter.
Asked about the empty chair that the actor-director used onstage as a prop at the Republican National Convention last night, Stevens chalked it up to “improv.”
Eastwood sparked a parody Twitter account, @invisibleObama, which drew thousands of followers immediately after the incident — but now it seems to have disappeared.
Another Twitter account, @ClintsChair, has about 2,300 followers. “TGIF: Have you yelled at your chair today?” says one tweet.
Stevens said the crowd inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum “loved” Eastwood’s routine. Lost in all of today’s chatter, he said, is the substance of Eastwood’s support for Romney as president.
“You could see in this he hit points that he’d hit before in the funders and were good points. He just chose this narrative way to deliver it,” Stevens said.
(Contributing: Jackie Kucinich in New Orleans, with the Romney campaign.)