Film legend Clint Eastwood sat down this week for an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity to criticize President Barack Obama on Libya and praise GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed and memorably helped introduce at the Republican National Convention by giving a bizarre monologue directed at an empty chair.
In the interview, set to air Thursday at 9 p.m. EST, Eastwood said he found himself feeling "resentful" of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11 anniversary terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, but appeared to run into some difficulty putting his finger on exactly why.
"That’s been kind of a tragedy that should have never happened or it should have been an attempt. All you can ask when there’s a crisis like that is to make an attempt," Eastwood said, going on to suggest that Obama showed his hand during the second presidential debate when he defended his administration's actions. Eastwood called the move "suspicious."
"If you’re really satisfied with your position on something, you just say, hey, you just very calmly present something," he said. "But if you get in a tizzy over it, then all of a sudden, you go, 'OK, I’m suspicious here.'”
Eastwood also told Hannity that he thought Romney would make a better president than Obama because of his "business background" and "several degrees from Harvard." Obama has one Harvard degree, a J.D. from the university's law school.
Asked to explain how he'd planned the strange empty chair speech at the RNC, Eastwood said that he'd done it on a whim after talking to a staffer backstage. He also admitted that he'd felt somewhat foolish for choosing to go through with it.
"So it was probably at the time I thought this is -- this -- that was really stupid. Why did I do that?" Eastwood said. "But then afterwards, I thought, you know, people started coming out and saying, 'well, that was fun.' And maybe a little fun was what I was looking for. I don’t know.”
Watch a preview of the interview below. Tune into Fox News at 9 p.m. for the full interview.
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