Clint Eastwood was against bailouts before he was for them

Clint Eastwood gave us the most striking political ad aired during the Super Bowl. But aside from Chrysler, who benefits from the TV spot? On Monday, Republicans seemed to think President Barack Obama:

From the Washington Post:

“I was, frankly, offended by it,” said Karl Rove on Fox News Monday. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”

Eastwood is 81. But it may still be dangerous to imply that Dirty Harry can be bought off by “Chicago-style” politics or is one of Obama’s minions. And yet, just last November, Eastwood said this to the Los Angeles Times:

“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves,” said Eastwood, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection. “But I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

When it comes to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, if Eastwood is enthusiastic about anyone, it’s Herman Cain. “I love Cain’s story,” he says. “He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”

He’s not as bullish on Mitt Romney. As a film icon, Eastwood has been fiercely protective of his image, but he’s not especially enamored by that attitude in a politician. When Eastwood was in Massachusetts in 2002, filming “Mystic River,” Romney was running for governor there. “I saw a lot of him and you have to admit — he looks like a president,” Eastwood recalled with a tone that you’d have to describe as being slyly sarcastic. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”

The Michigan presidential primary, incidentally, is Feb. 28.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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104 comments Add your comment

Shar

February 5th, 2012
9:28 pm

Clint Eastwood, American royalty.

Why do only the people of Malibu, California get to have him as a political leader?

Real American

February 5th, 2012
9:29 pm

Mitt Romney doesn’t care about Detroit or the auto industry sooooooooooo

purple rain

February 5th, 2012
9:43 pm

Limbaugh freaks as Romney lays claim to Obama’s bailout
L.A.Times 1/12/12

Amazingly, Romney now claims this was all his idea. A Romney spokesman told the New York Times, “You have to acknowledge that he (Romney) was advocating for a course of action that eventually the Obama administration adopted.”

Does Romney favor government intervention to save American industries? If so, he’s anathema to Limbaugh’s “dittoheads” and most of the tea party. If not, how can he claim any share of credit for one of Obama’s biggest bragging points?

Joe F

February 5th, 2012
10:10 pm

Yes, Halftime in America as President Obama will finish what he started in his second term.
Bin Laden is dead and GM is hiring again. Romney wanted to let Detroit fail which would have cost thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in business.

George Hills

February 5th, 2012
10:15 pm

Mr. Gingrich won’t do good in Georgia where voters know his sorry double-dealing self.

John C

February 5th, 2012
10:17 pm

This was pure gold, Clint Eastwood > all!!

honested

February 5th, 2012
10:17 pm

Joe F

Couldn’t have said it better.

300

February 5th, 2012
10:21 pm

This Whole Commercial is Off Message – Chrysler is NOT the real American Success Story – the Real Success Story is Ford – they did not take a bail-out and still turned a mighty profit. I think that is the Message – not whose idea it was to give away tax dollars. BTW I drive a Chrysler (bought it in 2006 because we buy American – and before the bail-out); my husband drives Fords.

Wake Up Georgia!

February 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

President Obama is an absolute hero. He saved this country and certainly Detroit too. He implements Christian and biblical principles and gets little credit for it. I invite folks to read the book of Proverbs before heading into the new testament and reading Jesus’s thoughts on the poor and downtrodden too. President Obama has faced more complex challenges in three years than any other president in my lifetime. The closest to him would be President Truman in the difficult days after the death of President Roosevelt and the end of World War II with the beginning of the Cold War. Wise up America, especially citizens of Georgia. You have a remarkable president and a true blessing to this country. President Obama faces criticism with a kind spirit. He deserves the support of this nation.

Will I Am

February 5th, 2012
10:31 pm

I liked the commercial. Chrysler obviously wanted to capitalize on last year’s acclaimed “Big Game” Detroit comeback spot with Marshall Mathers. The message this time was perhaps more powerful, but I would have loved to see it presented by all three of the Big Three, and not just the foreign-owned Chrysler.

Half time in America, with down-and-out Detroit ready to kick some symbolic butt. I’d like to see that be a reality, but the White House and the UAW will finger that pie too much and prevent that from happening. That unfortunately won’t make Dirty Harry’s day.

eli

February 5th, 2012
10:31 pm

I don’t know 300. There is nothing quite so “American” (as if anything is or is not American) as driving a company into the ground, socializing the costs, then getting bailed out all while company executives and upper management line their pockets with unearned bonuses. I believe there is a word for that…oh yeah, there is: Capitalism.

Cindy Bivins

February 5th, 2012
10:33 pm

Clint Eastwood has always been my hero. Now he’s this country’s hero! Go President Obama

Deepdiver

February 5th, 2012
10:47 pm

Why do people think this was a good commercial? Talking with a gravelly voice does not mean the commercial is good. Detroit makes crappy cars. That’s why America is not buying them. Period.

Frederick Douglass

February 5th, 2012
10:48 pm

How American is it to squirrel your money away in the Caymans? How christian is it to say you don’t care about poor people? For the record, Clint Eastwood’s an American icon, while Mitt Romney’s an American clown that wears magic underwear.

JD

February 5th, 2012
10:49 pm

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yuzeyurbrane

February 5th, 2012
10:50 pm

Shar, Clint was mayor of Carmel, Calif. Also, isn’t it a little odd that Chrysler is owned by Fiat–more like an Italian success story.

DP

February 5th, 2012
10:55 pm

Auto companies are leaving Detroit and moving south.

Terry

February 5th, 2012
10:59 pm

We already lost Chrysler to the Italians–it is owned by Fiat and the Unions. It’s gone! Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel, CA.

Centrist

February 5th, 2012
11:05 pm

Good, positive commercial. We need some self confidence and a culture change where Americans want to roll up their sleeves and go to work building back value.

It doesn’t matter that the message was about a flawed, foreign owned company that got government bailouts along with their executives and union goodies. That is too deep for the average viewer to understand – but they probably felt the patriotic message, and that is good enough.

double

February 5th, 2012
11:28 pm

auto companies moving south..Years back,the south went north to work.There you joined the union,and made a good wage.AC,low wages,right to work laws have made the south better for mfg.industry.

c

February 5th, 2012
11:29 pm

Best commercial of the evening! Best slogan of the season……Osama bin Ladin is dead. General Motors is alive!!!!!! Btw, dating myself here, but wasn’t there a song in the Lil’ Abner musical that said……What’s good for General Motors is good for the USA!

Ga Boy

February 6th, 2012
12:12 am

Looks like Geo. Soros is already spending money to hypnotize America into thinking the past few years have been good and that re-electing Obama is what we need. If that happens, then I know this country’s best days are behind it and we have turned into a facist nation. What we need is less…less spending of money we don’t have and less federal government intrusion into our lives.

Charlie S.

February 6th, 2012
12:36 am

So….this was a clean energy commercial?

double

February 6th, 2012
12:41 am

Last I heard from Soros he was switching from Obama to Romney.Says Obama will tax the !% which are mostly his funds investors.The rich will support their like kind.

Am I the only one that the meaning.

February 6th, 2012
3:59 am

halftime in the obama run of 8 years. Stupid Eastwood. Too senile to understand what the realing meaning of halftime meant.

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obama man

February 6th, 2012
6:00 am

sleestak what you are saying is uncalled for and very un american to want any president dead. obama has done great things for this country what have you done for her:? I say 4 more years and my greatest respect for one of greatest presidents ever.

Attack Dog

February 6th, 2012
6:05 am

American auto companies have not “moved South.” There used to be three American auto plants in Georgia, and Dixiecrats in the South gave their States away to attract foreign companies.

Jon Lester

February 6th, 2012
6:07 am

I doubt if even an octagenerian Eastwood will ever be heard speaking or typing the phrase, “realing meaning.”

sheepdawg

February 6th, 2012
6:13 am

“Mr. Gingrich won’t do good in Georgia where voters know his sorry double-dealing self.”

Wish that was a fact we could count on, this state’s electorate hasn’t demonstrated much capacitiy for logical character assessment lately, just look as the crook governor we’re hung with by the walmart republicans.

rawmilkdrinker

February 6th, 2012
6:44 am

Deepdiver:”Detroit makes crappy cars”
Have you tried to stop a runaway Toyota lately?

georgiadawg70

February 6th, 2012
6:53 am

Shar,

He is not from Malibu. He is from Carmel By The Sea. Light years apart.

georgiadawg70

February 6th, 2012
6:58 am

I like Eastwood but his message is BS. Chrysler makes junk.. I speak from experience. The problems that exist in Detroit are still there and it will be just a matter of time before they want another bailout. Let them go bankrupt and the business will go to someone that knows how the compete.. Cream will always float to the top and crap will sink to the bottom. Quit inabeilng losers.

Travis McGee

February 6th, 2012
7:11 am

If John McCain, Sarah Palin and the Republicans had been in the Oval Office, we’d have laid off hundreds of thousands of automobile workers and related workers and the domestic automobile industry would have destroyed.

Okay, but it would have taught those greedy union members a lesson!

That’s the devisive, devastating, destructive and cut off your nose to spite your face attitude that be defeated in 2012! Thanks, Clint!

jw

February 6th, 2012
7:17 am

One can placate the walking dead (zombies) with brains….but only for a awhile.
But they ALWAYS come back with a vengeance…often with a bigger appetite.
.
Not unlike bailing Chrysler out in the 70’s.
.
Zombies are Zombies.
Not good.

hfdsa

February 6th, 2012
7:30 am

Wake Up Georgia!

February 5th, 2012
10:29 pm
maybe obama can get ralph messer to come to the white house and do his make me a king show for him.

Sluggo

February 6th, 2012
7:34 am

Chrysler sells Detroit once once again. Last year with a young white rap star and this year with a movie icon. I found the prior Eminem commercial to be far more compelling than the current Eastwood spin. Still I find 3 facts remain.

The cars are still shoddy.

The UAW is still greedy.

The taxpayer got shafted.

Al

February 6th, 2012
7:36 am

Wow you idiots saying obama has been great. yeah spending more than bush did in 8 years in 3 years is great? The guy is destroying the country. All he cares about is turning us into one big socialist state. Eventually that country dies a slow long death. That sounds terrific! Get this community organizer out of here or things will be really igly. war, poverty(food stamp prezbo) and $5 gas. Sounds great? Not.

Jimmy Crack

February 6th, 2012
7:42 am

At whom exactly was this ad directed? Surely not the American people because there is nothing WE can do about this economy. We want jobs, pure and simple.

I would hope the ad was directed at Congress, as they are the ones who are partly responsible for businesses and other rich employers going overseas in order to escape the outrageous U.S. corporate tax laws, which are second only to Japan as the highest in the world.

Build it (a friendlier tax code for business), and they will come…back.

honested

February 6th, 2012
7:51 am

sluggo,

You were correct on one point.

The cars are still shoddy.

Ol' Timer

February 6th, 2012
8:01 am

Calling all rednecks! Pull out the tub from under the front porch. It’s about time to get ready to take a bath. Ya’ll need to get all cleaned up and get into those nearly clean overalls. Ol’ Newts gonna be coming to town before long and he’s ’spectin’ you folks to come on out an support him.

Yeeeehaw!

Reality

February 6th, 2012
8:07 am

MiltonMan

February 6th, 2012
8:12 am

Chrysler – the “great” American company that not only had to be bailed out once but twice now.

honested

February 6th, 2012
8:14 am

Lets not step too far away from what happened:

This was a television commercial (obscenely expensive advertisement that is completely transparent to taxation) during a professional sports contest (that wouldn’t occur without exemption from anti-trust laws and confiscation of taxpayer funds to build stadia around the country).

While I am not a fan of American Automobile Manufacturers (due to lax engineering, top heavy management and generally poor quality products) to focus the misguided ’socialist’ rant onto Chrysler while ignoring all of the underlying conditions is monumentally hypocritical.

Reality

February 6th, 2012
8:18 am

the ObamaMedia does the public a disservice by stopping right there. There is more to the story. The amplified facts, however, doesn’t fit the ObamaMedia’s agenda of ensuring another four years of Caesar Obammus in the White House.

So what’s the rest of the story, Boortz? Well … I’m going to tell you! The fact is that there is a lot more to the unemployment rate that meets the eye. So here are some inconvenient facts about our unemployment situation.

•First .. .did you realize that up until the Obama administration the Labor Department largely depended on state governments for each state’s specific employment statistics? Obama decided that this function should be removed from the states and centralized under his administrative guidance. Now here’s a guy who went from “jobs created” to “jobs created or saved” as he tried to convince the American people that his stimulus plan was working … and now he finds it necessary to put the responsibility of developing unemployment figures in the White House?
•In January, 1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month! This is the largest absolute jump in ‘Persons Not In Labor Force’ on record…and biggest percentage jump in 30 years. (Zero Hedge). If these people, or a significant portion of them, were in the workforce without jobs the unemployment figure would be higher than 8.3%. So now you’re left with having to figure out whether or not you believe this many people actually said “the hell with it” in one month. Many experts are quite skeptical about this figure.
•The report Friday said 12.8 million people remained unemployed – 43% of them for more than six months – and that another 8.2 million part-time workers couldn’t find full-time employment. (LA Times)

•With the latest job gains, total payrolls in the nation stand about 5.6 million less than at the start of the recession in late 2007. (LA Times) Our population is growing month by month … yet we now have 5.6 million fewer jobs? Does this sound like a successful presidency?
•If the size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population – people with jobs and people trying to find jobs — was the same as it was when Barack Obama took office—65.7 percent then vs. 63.7 percent today—the U-3 unemployment rate would be 11.0 percent . (James Pethokoukis)
Just to put that in perspective, this means that since Obama too office, approximately 4.7 million people are no longer being counted towards the unemployment rate.

•But let’s not go all the way back to January 2009. In January 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent with a participation rate of 64.2 percent. If that were the participation rate today, the unemployment rate would be 8.9 percent, instead of 8.3 percent. As an analysis from Hamilton Place Strategies concludes, “Most of the shift of the past year is due not to the improvement in the labor market, but the continued drop in participation in the labor force.” (James Pethokoukis)
•Then there’s the broader, U-6 measure of unemployment which includes the discouraged plus part-timers who wish they had full time work. That unemployment rate is still a sky-high 15.1 percent. (James Pethokoukis)
So if you add up the number of people who are actually unemployed in the ObamaEconomy (12.7 million), the 4.7 million who have given up and dropped out of the labor force and then those who are underemployed, can’t find full-time work (10.5 million) …this means that there are about 28 million working age adults who can’t find work in the ObamaEconomy.

Like I said, don’t depend on the ObamaMedia to report these facts. But the fact is that Obama’s “success” is built upon the struggles of Americans who have given up or frustrated in the current economy.

honested

February 6th, 2012
8:24 am

reality?

Far from reality!

things conservatives hate

February 6th, 2012
8:29 am

GM is going strong…OSAMAS dead…unemployment going down…

things conservatives hate

February 6th, 2012
8:31 am

@al 7:36

how long have u been on welfare?..lol

Ol' Timer

February 6th, 2012
8:35 am

@Reality: Don’t worry. Your main man, Newt, is going to town and I hear that Bishop Long is going to wrap him in a Torah and proclaim Newt King For A Day at New Birth. Sheldon Adelson and his bride may just fly in for the event and drop a load in the collection plate.

The “reality” is Ol’ Newt is going to put a colony on the moon and a chicken in every pot.

Travis McGee

February 6th, 2012
8:40 am

It ain’t a fact until Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News says it’s a fact. Get that through your “Fair and Balanced” head.

“It ain’t what we don’t know that’s the problem, but what we know that ain’t so.” ~ Josh Billings