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TAMPA — Hollywood heavyweight Clint Eastwood made a scheduled appearance on the GOP convention stage before a welcoming audience Thursday night ahead of Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech for his party’s presidential nomination.

“I think it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem,” said Eastwood, 82, who already endorsed Romney this month at a campaign fundraiser in Idaho. “When someone does not do the job, you have got to let them go.”
Eastwood remarks were rambling at times and critical of President Obama and Vice President Biden, whom he described as “a kind of grin with a body behind it.”

As Eastwood went on, Hollywood quickly took to Twitter to express their outrage and talk about how puzzled they were by the Dirty Harry star’s actions. “Clint Eastwood is CRAY,” comic Roseanne Barr — herself running for president on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket — tweeted Thursday.

“Clint Eastwood has gone f—in’ nutterbutters yo,” The Voice‘s Adam Levine concurred. “Clint Eastwood was talking to an empty chair at the RNC,” Olivia Munn tweeted to her 300,000-plus followers. “No, that’s not the set up to a joke. It’s not even a joke.”

Added comedian Patton Oswalt via Twitter: “I love you, Clint. I always will. But you changed the theme of the RNC from ‘WE BUILT THIS’ to ‘I CAN’T WATCH THIS.'”

Said Chris Rock: “Clint Eastwood on the phone with Obama now: ‘It all went according to plan, sir.’ #RNC #GOP2012”

As Twitter was ablaze with commentary about Eastwood’s speech, the real Obama himself chimed in with a succinct response: “This seat’s taken,” read a message from the President’s account, along with an image of the Commander in Chief sitting in a chair clearly designated for “The President.”

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Well, we knew this day would come.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s first interviews with 60 minutes.  Like fingernails on a chalkboard.