Actor Clint Eastwood speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Clint Eastwood made clear he didn't like President Obama long before the recent Republican convention.
Eastwood, whose "interview" of an empty chair purported to be the president continues to generate headlines, had told Esquire magazine weeks before that: "There are two kinds of people in this world -- 'I' people and 'we' people."
"I've always tried to be a 'we' person," Eastwood said. "I think that our president is an 'I' person.
"He speaks as though he killed Osama bin Laden himself."
Esquire conducted the interview for a story in its October issue, in connection to the release of Eastwood's latest movie, Trouble With the Curve.
In a preview of the article posted on Esquire's website, author Tom Junod writes:
"When the interview was over, he went back to speaking about Obama. He said that people took the "Halftime in America" commercial to mean that he was supportive of the president politically; but they were mistaken.
The president had awarded him the Medal of the Arts, but he'd not attended the ceremony, he said, and then he got down to what he objected to most: "Can you imagine being him, surrounded by people all the time? I'd hate it. But he seems to like it. He seems to like what I'd hate, all the trappings of power. He said that if he failed in his first term he wouldn't seek a second. Well, here he is -- unemployment's still up around 8% -- and he's doing anything he possibly can to keep power. There's no way he's going to give it up."