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In pictures: Eastwood's conversation with the phantom Obama

A Hollywood icon's surprise appearance at the Republican convention included a memorable exchange with an absent President on national security, foreign policy and keeping promises

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“So I've got Mr. Obama sitting here ... I was going to ask him a couple of questions.”

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But ... I remember 3 1/2 years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about ‘yes we can,’ and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles. They were saying, I just thought, this was great. Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying. I was even crying. And then finally – and I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country.”

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“So, Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just – you know – I know – people were wondering – you don’t – handle that okay.”

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“Well, I know even people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn't close Gitmo. And I thought, well closing Gitmo – why close that, we spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse – what do you mean shut up?”

JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS

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“You're crazy, you're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party. Kind of a grin with a body behind it.”

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“You want to make my day?”

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