Eastwood's appearance at the RNC was as a surprise "mystery agent," though it wasn't much of a secret. What was a secret, though, was his actual speech, which was one done mostly with an empty chair that was supposed to represent U.S. President Barack Obama.
The transcript and a video of the speech can be found here.
Clint Eastwood has even become a Twitter trend. Among the celebrities who chimed in were the following:
Joe Scarborough, the conservative host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "A great night for Mitt Romney just got sidetracked by Clint Eastwood. Wow. That was bad."
George Takei: "Clint Eastwood's RNC speech was to imaginary Obama in an empty chair. I'm drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory (a reference to Romney and his time at Bain)."
Adam Levine: "Clint Eastwood has gone f--kin nutterbutters yo."
Roger Ebert: "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him."
Zachary Quinto: "Is clint eastwood meant to instill confidence in republicans?! I am legitimately scared of his talking to imaginary Obama."
Simon Pegg: "Maybe Clint is a sleeper agent for the Democrats sent in under deep cover to make the Republicans look stupid. No wait, that's Romney."
Bill Maher: "Wow. Who knew Clint Eastwood was such a down the line rightwing a--hole?"
Zach Braff: "Still can't tell if Clint was hallucinating or President is really invisible now."
Seth Myers: "When Clint woke up this morning he saw that Obama was gone from the chair...Or was he still there!?!?!"
Chris Rock: BREAKING NEWS: CNN REPORTS: Last night when he got home, Clint Eastwood got in a huge fight with the rest of his furniture.
Wendell Pierce ("The Wire"): Clint Eastwood's presentation not funny to me today. The image of the empty chair with the President being talked down to was offensive.
Brent Spiner: After watching Clint Eastwood's speech last night at the RNC, I'm voting for the chair.
Joe Palazzolo: Lawyers as presidents? Not a good idea, says Clint Eastwood.
Bob Cesca: Last night an awkward Republican delivered a weird speech filled with bizarre, fantastical remarks. He was preceded by Clint Eastwood.
Ed Schultz: Good news for Romney out of Clint Eastwood fiasco? He will get to fire some people
A few came to Eastwood's defense. For example, Janine Turner and Donald Trump tweeted their support.
Naturally, the Romney campaign also did so, with a statement that read: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it. He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it's time for a change."
During an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday, Ann Romney said, "We appreciated Clint's support and he's a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night." Based on earlier reports, Romney aides were wincing backstage as Eastwood spoke. Is that what she means by unique?