In a Sunday interview with USA Today, President Barack Obama vowed he wasn't offended by Clint Eastwood's antics at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
"One thing about being president or running for president -- if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession," Obama told the newspaper, adding that he is a "huge fan" of the film legend.
The president's comment comes just days after Eastwood's bewildering performance at the RNC, where he berated an empty chair that was meant to represent Obama.
"So Mr. President, how do you handle promises you've made?" Eastwood began, addressing the invisible POTUS.
The film legend then proceeded to criticize the president for his administration's proposal to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York (a plan from which he later backed down) and the plan to end the war in Afghanistan (for which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed the same withdrawal timeline).
Eastwood, who praised Romney in his RNC speech as a "stellar businessman," has been criticized for what has been considered to be a thoroughly awkward event.
"That was the weirdest thing I've ever seen at a political convention in my entire life, and it will be the weirdest thing I've ever seen if I live to be 100," said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. "I don't mean to make light of other things, but I think the Clint Eastwood thing really, seriously blew [the Romney campaign's] final night, and they're making light of already, but I cannot believe that it happened."
The video featuring Eastwood's one-man repartee with 'Chairbama' soon went viral and spawned an Internet meme of epic proportions.
Many took to social media platforms like Twitter to show off their own version of "Eastwooding" -- which simply involves "pointing to an empty chair with a disgruntled expression".
Even President Obama took the opportunity to poke fun at Eastwood, tweeting this photo of himself on Friday:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 31, 2012
So, are we going to see Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney or another celebrity Obama supporter on stage pointing fingers at a Romneychair at the Democratic National Convention after it opens on Tuesday?
Obama thinks not.
"I think we'll be playing this pretty straight," he told USA Today.
Though Eastwood's speech was already pretty horrifying in its strangeness, here are 10 ways it could've gone worse:
Eastwood could have instead unleashed his surprise in the middle of Mitt Romney's acceptance speech: "Yo Mitt, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Ronald Reagan had one of the best RNC acceptance speeches of all time. One of the best speeches of all time!" [Shrugs, walks off stage] (See: Kanye West at 2009 Video Music Awards)
Eastwood could have told invisible Obama/empty chair that he actually supported his reelection: "I know that if you are elected in November, which I hope that you are, you can maybe still use a plane." (See: Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer)
Eastwood could have excitedly given his audience the Dirty Harry movie quote it so desperately wanted, only to realize he couldn't quite put his finger on that darn last thing: "Go ahead, make my -- uhh, umm, errr...oops?" (See: Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry)
Eastwood could have done his best Joe Biden impression and asked para-olympian Chris Devlin-Young, who is paralyzed from the waist down and spoke earlier at the RNC, to stand up and be recognized. (See: Joe Biden to Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham in 2008)
Eastwood could have let a little too much hang out as he addressed the convention: "You want to make my day? How about I make yours!" [Flashes nipple] (See: Janet Jackson's Super Bowl half-time show)
Eastwood could have introduced his speech with an unexpected and awkward announcement of his affection toward Romney: "Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. I'm so in love with Mitt Romney right now. He just held me and said he loved me. And I know he's so happy for me." (See: Angelina Jolie's Oscar acceptance speech in 1999)
Eastwood could have subjected the audience to a few befuddled comments, followed by a prolonged period of silence: "We have, uh, done, uh, nothing since Obama took office, and, um, [10 seconds of silence, followed by awkward laugh and loud exhale] we have did the wrong stuff for America." (See: Brewer, again.)
Eastwood could have gone all Tom Cruise on the empty chair, instead of just talking to it: "I'm not gonna pretend." [Drops to a knee, pumps fist, proceeds to jump up and down on chair] "Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election?" [More jumping] "How do you handle them?" (See: Tom Cruise on Oprah in 2005)
Eastwood could have come completely unhinged and started blaming Jewish people for the world's problems: "I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that's okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. By the way, did I mention the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." (See: Mel Gibson in 2006)
Eastwood could have scaled up the rafters behind the podium as Romney delivered his acceptance speech, heckling the GOP presidential candidate from his perch as he tried to address the audience. (See: Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards)