I was traveling during the Republican convention that took place in Tampa, Florida, but I was able to Youtube the, now infamous, Clint Eastwood speech.
A bit of time has passed, so I have heard all of the jokes and comments. I think that having Clint Eastwood ramble and yell at a chair during the final night of the Republican convention, during prime time, was really awful. A huge PR mistake, in my opinion, and a moment of pop culture infamy. This is the reason I think actors should keep their opinions to themselves about politics.
But most importantly, from a design point of view, could they have chosen a better looking chair? Do any of us really believe President Obama would sit on that uncomfortable, simple, high-school lunch room style bar stool?
As a film director, the least Mr. Eastwood could have done is hire a production designer to select the proper chair for his ventriloquist show.