Clint Eastwood has imaginary conversation with Barack Obama during RNC speech

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Oscar-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood made a surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, before Mitt Romney took the stage to give his headlining speech.

Eastwood’s speech was defined by an imaginary conversation with President Obama. Throughout Eastwood mixed jokes with tough talk to the delight of the crowd.

“We own this country,” he said. “…Politicians are employees of ours.”

The 82-year-old became the highest profile celebrity to support Romney after endorsing him at a big bucks fundraiser in early August.

“Now more than ever do we need Governor Romney,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m going to be voting for him.”

Rumors of a surprise guest abounded Thursday morning stirring speculation that anyone from Sarah Palin to Tim Tebow could make an appearance. Eastwood, who’s long shown an interest in politics— even serving as the mayor of Carmel, Calif. in the 1980s—was the leading name and was confirmed as the mystery speaker by the afternoon.

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