Say this for Clint Eastwood: When it comes to generating buzz on the morning after two of the biggest events of 2012, he’s 2-for-2.
Remember the Super Bowl, the one in which the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots for a second time, in February? On Monday morning, Eastwood’s “Halftime in America” Chrysler ad generated the most postgame talk. (Watch it after the jump.)
There was plenty of speculation over just what Eastwood’s rousing message — “Yeah, it’s halftime in America” — meant. There was so much buzz that the characteristically tight-lipped Eastwood, a lifelong Republican, offered his interpretation:
“l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about, just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was okay. I am not supporting any politician at this time. Chrysler, to their credit, didn’t even have cars in the ad. Anything they gave me for it went for charity. If… Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”
By Thursday night, when he addressed the Republican National Convention, he clearly had changed his mind.