Anyone who has viewed Clint Eastwood's infamous "empty chair" monologue at the 2012 Republican National Convention likely has no illusions that the Academy Award-winning actor/director is a fan of President Barack Obama. However, this circulated piece about the realizations of one's "twilight years" which ends with a castigation of the current president is not a reproduction of anything Clint Eastwood said or wrote.
In typical urban legend-like fashion, the earliest appearances of this item (from September and October 2013) are simply postings of untitled and uncredited
Clint Eastwood did express some thoughts on pending mortality during a January 2011 interview:
Eastwood is 80, with a good head of steel-grey hair and a tanned, lined face, but he still works like a man half his age. Although, he admits, thoughts of mortality are never far away these days. Indeed, his latest film as director, Hereafter, tackles head-on the subject of life after death.
"You're forced to think about death a lot at this age," he says, "because you've lost a lot of people. Let's put it this way, there wouldn't be much point in me attending a high-school reunion now because there wouldn't be anybody there. We'd struggle to raise a quorum. I picked up the paper the other day and another two were gone — people I'd grown up with.
"Whether you like it or not, you're forced to come to the realisation that death is out there. But I don't fear death, I'm a fatalist. I believe when it's your time, that's it. It's the hand you're dealt. And I don't feel any different to how I did when I was 60 or 70. I felt good then, and I feel good now."
He also offered some political comments in that interview which included a brief critical remark about President Obama, although one far less caustic in tone than the item reproduced above:
In the last U.S. election he voted for the Republican candidate John McCain rather than Barack Obama.
"The first time I voted I was in the army. It was during the Korean War and I voted Republican because it was Eisenhower and he was somewhat heroic to all of us from World
War II.So I became a Republican, but I've supported Democrats at times, and I don't necessarily adhere to one line. Sometimes parties make mistakes — they both have. And our parties are in terrible shape — these days we don't know where the hell they are.
"I voted for McCain, not because he was a Republican, but because he had been through war (in Vietnam) and I thought he might understand the war in Iraq better than somebody who hadn't. I didn't agree with him on a lot of stuff.
"I loved the fact that Obama is multi-racial. I thought that was terrific, as my wife is the same racial
make-up.But I felt he was a greenhorn, and it turned out he didn't have experience in decision-making."