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Eastwood on Detroit: ‘Motor City Is Fighting Again’

Posted on Feb 6, 2012
The Huffington Post

He called it a comeback: Clint Eastwood goes pro-Detroit in Sunday’s Super Bowl spot.

Those who caught the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday might have heard Clint Eastwood’s gravelly growl emanating from their sets during one of the big game’s coveted ad breaks.

Tossing off tough-guy lines like “This country can’t be knocked out in one punch” and “if we can’t find a way then we’ll make one,” Eastwood plugged the American auto industry and saluted its resurgence with his declaration that “Motor City is fighting again.” (Watch the ad following the excerpt below.)

But as the Huffington Post noted Monday, Clint wasn’t a fan of the bailout that brought Detroit back from the brink a couple of years ago.  —KA

The Huffington Post:

“I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit,” Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times in November. “I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”

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By Leefeller, February 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Freeze, it was not Eastwood but the message during half time of the Super Bowl, sort of an analogy half time pep talk saying our nation can do better. I find little fault with the optimistic message and view, compared to all the negative ones posted here, appearing to be stewing in their bile!

The fact Fat Rove was upset and made a comment about the Eastwood advertizement should be an indicator it did its job!

I am not happy with the recent FAA bill commending down from Congress and the Democrats supported it, with the Union Busting crap included, a little rain on me fire, my optimism seems to be short lived. Lets see if Obama veto’s it.  (I doubt he will)

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By Dis imprimatur, February 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

Folks, US industries are competing with foreign industries whose respective
governments subsidize them… isn’t it possible that like a drowning homeowner,
some of these US companies needed the bailout, though only for a little while?
There’s the difference, all you deficit-cutting hawks. It’s not supposed to be

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By mrfreeze, February 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Leefeller - ?? I’m sincerely hurt that you would want me to do anything with Karl (I’m-nothing-but-a-piece-of-Dick-Cheney-f*ces) Rove except flush him down the toilet…...

As for Mr. Eastwood…..I grew up when Clint was everyone’s hero: all the Dirty Harry muck…and yes, he’s directed some great films (my favorite being White Hunter, Black Heart….I don’t know why but I like that film..anyway I digress). But now that I’m a bit older and more discriminating, I see all those films and his career in a very different way. Most of his body of work is mediocre….and so is this country when people are inspired by a commercial that has to do with selling “f*cking automobiles…..WTF is that?

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By Leefeller, February 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Gebebiz on a cracker! After reading all the posts here, Youse guys should sign up with Carl Rove and support his American crossing Roads with Mittins and his Corporations who are real people too!

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By James13, February 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

I liked Clint Eastwood back in the “Any Which Way But Loose” days, when his character seemed to be a bit more in touch with the working folks of blue collar America. That commercial, during the Super Bowl, is such an insult to the working class, poor, the 99% etc. Go blow smoke up someone else’s butt Clint!

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By thethirdman, February 7, 2012 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Can someone point out where all this American Resiliency talk comes from every
year?  At what point were the hard working men and women of the USA ready and
able to bounce right back?  Even at our “lowest” point, the Great Depression, we
simply lucked out by being the only big nation to emerge unscathed by WWII. 
We’ve been picking low hanging fruit for centuries.  So what’s the resiliency based

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By mrfreeze, February 7, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

Why didn’t they just play “Rocky” running up the stairs over and over and over and over and over and over and over again…....Then American could “feel good about itself again.”

Americans are like 12-year-olds when it comes to their nationalism…’s all a great big giant sports assembly…...utter and total bullshit.

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By GoyToy, February 7, 2012 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Pure BS

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By thethirdman, February 7, 2012 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

Lame.  As long as we continue this tough talk, tough guy, we’re the best charade,
we will never be able to look at the real reasons we a) were successful in the first
place and b) have taken such a hard hit.  Here’s a hint:  the answer to both
involves a lot of stealing…

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By allen, February 7, 2012 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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I’m as big a fan of Mr. Eastwood as the next guy; it’s satisfying on some primal level to see the bad guys get what’s comin’ to ‘em.

I know.  The Eastwood commercial was only intended by the sponsors—GM, others?—to show that America is a resilient country and Americans a resilient people.  My reaction—surely I wasn’t the only one among millions—was that there was a more-than-hubristic tone coming from Clint’s mouth.  USA, USA, USA!

After all the problems we seem to have created for ourselves and our fellow citizens, and those we create with unfortunate regularity for other inhabitants of this globe, wouldn’t you think that a little more modesty and a little less self-congratulation were called for?  After all, the sponsoring firm and (some of) their employees are still here principally because our government advanced them some of our money ‘til they could get things sorted and recover the focus and facility that had once made them a leader in their field.  Not something that would normally allow you to boast of your prowess and that would deserve public admiration.

But, as a favorite son of the conservative movement likes to say, “That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.”

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By diman, February 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Tossing off tough-guy lines like “This country can’t be knocked out in one punch” and “if we can’t find a way then we’ll make one,”

The problem is that nobody has ever tried to knock the US out in one punch, that would be ineffcient, it is better to take the approach of the Federal Reserve system and dismantle the country from the inside.

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By Jerry P., February 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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Regarding anarchists who are using violent tactics,
that is a problem for social movements in general.
Occupy should talk to organizers about how to handle this and at least decrease the perception that the organizers are at fault.

Also, have you discussed agent provocateurs?  During the Vietnam anti-war movement, the joke was if someone was advocating violence, he was a plant to discredit the movement.

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By Look to Reason, February 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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I doubt that was clint talking, probably someone made to sound
like him. And what will people really do to bring this country
back from the financial terrorist attack? Just how will they bring
the jobs off shored for minimize costs and maximize profits?
Most likely nothing, except to go plop down another few bucks
for a clint eastwood movie.

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