Clint Eastwood: ‘President Obama is the Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American People’

By Michael W. Chapman | September 11, 2012 | 2:09 PM EDT

Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood. (AP)

( – Legendary Hollywood director and actor Clint Eastwood told his local newspaper that President Barack Obama is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

Eastwood, who spoke at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in August and endorsed the GOP Romney-Ryan ticket, made his latest remarks on Friday to The Carmel Pine Cone, the local paper in Carmel, Calif., a town where Eastwood served as mayor for one term in 1986.

In an interview, the newspaper reported that Eastwood, in reference to his remarks at the RNC, said: “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

At the RNC, Eastwood had criticized President Obama’s policies regarding the economy and foreign policy, and particularly noted the estimated 23 million Americans out of work. “That is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven’t done enough, obviously,” he said.

Eastwood’s remarks at the RNC were criticized by many people in the news media and in Hollywood.  He told the Carmel Pine Cone, “I had three points I wanted to make. That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

“I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there,” said Eastwood. “Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff.”

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman