*In an interview with Esquire magazine, Clint Eastwood said he believes President Obama is power hungry and is taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“There are two kinds of people in this world,” Eastwood told the publication a month before his “empty chair” speech at the Republican National Convention. “‘I’ people and ‘we’ people. I’ve always tried to be a ‘we’ person. I think that our president is an ‘I’ person. He speaks as though he killed Osama bin Laden himself.”
Eastwood went on to suggest the president was in love with power.
“Can you imagine being him, surrounded by people all the time?” Eastwood said. “I’d hate it. But he seems to like it. He seems to like what I’d hate, all the trappings of power. He said that if he failed in his first term he wouldn’t seek a second. Well, here he is — unemployment’s still up around 8 percent — and he’s doing anything he possibly can to keep power. There’s no way he’s going to give it up.”
Esquire reporter Tom Junod included Eastwood’s quotes about Obama in a preview of the October cover story. But he opted not to include the actor’s political remarks in the actual piece.
“Not because they offended my political sensibilities,” Junod wrote, “but because they made him sound like a type of person — another cranky old guy, running down the president, and not always very clearly — when I wanted to write about what made Clint Eastwood singular.”