Clint Eastwood’s ‘empty chair’ finds new home in RNC chairman’s office

By Daniel Levine,

The most famous chair in recent political history - the empty chair that Clint Eastwood spoke to at the Republican National Convention last summer - has found a home in the Republican National Committee chairman’s office in Washington.

CNN reports that RNC chair Reince Priebus has the chair in his 1st Street office and joins a large collection of political memorabilia. He reportedly gets the joke and pointed it out to a reporter before discussing how the party needs to rethink its strategies to win the White House in the next election.

Eastwood famously talked to the empty chair in a bizarre, rambling appearance at the convention in Tampa in August. The respected actor/director spoke to the chair, pretending President Obama was sitting in it. The incident drew more attention than Mitt Romney’s speech accepting the party’s nomination. Obama even parodied it with a tweet.

It is still being talked about. Daniel Day-Lewis parodied it while accepting an award in November. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Damon, who was in Eastwood’s Hereafter, spoke to Playboy about it last month.

“Look, his knowledge of filmmaking is so vast and deep that he can wing it beautifully on the set,” he told the magazine. “What he did at the RNC was an unrehearsed bit he decided to do at the last minute. You can’t go onstage and do 12 minutes of stand-up completely unrehearsed. But I agree with what Bill Maher said: Clint killed at the convention for 12 minutes, and the audience loved him. I wouldn’t do that unless I spent a month rehearsing.”

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