All the speculation leading up to last night’s surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention, with people hoping that they’d trot out the hologram ghost of Ronald Reagan to make it rain on them hoes (via Tupac), may not have been technically accurate, but then again, technical accuracy isn’t really Republicans’ strong suit. Instead, they got the next best thing, an actual ghost from the Regan era, one Mr. Clint Eastwood, whose role in Gran Turino as a racist old coot doesn’t seem like much of an acting stretch anymore in retrospect.
Naturally, the internet had a field day with the concept of a doddering old fool talking to an empty chair. Here’s a cut of Eastwood talking to Obama. (Heads up to all old people reading this site by accident: It’s not real.)
Among some of the best reactions on Twitter came this one from George Takei, who wrote, “I’m drafting a DNC speech to imaginary Romney in an empty factory,” and many many variations of the old, “Wait, he knows that Obama isn’t actually sitting there, right?” variety. Dozens of others took the Eastwooding meme to its logical conclusion, and have begun taking pictures of themselves talking to empty chairs. People will take pictures of themselves doing any stupid-ass thing though, so I wouldn’t read too much into that one.
Among the most important revelations of the entire night is that Obama, as awful conservative magic negro-inspired jokes about liberals’ infatuation with him have long suggested, is actually super powered! He can turn invisible, which is only slightly more impressive than Romney’s super power: erasing vast swaths of history where he was previously known as the moderate-leaning Governor of the liberal, hippie bastion of Massachusetts, and where he (I seem to remember, having lived here), paved the way for the communist, socialist, Muslim, evil welfare system of universal healthcare. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, they say, was convincing the world that he didn’t used to be a somewhat reasonable dude.
We’ve managed to exclusively uncover some heretofore unpublished photos of Invisible Obama, which we’re excited to share below: