Dreesen on Eastwood: ‘All He Asked Is That Maybe Our Government Would Be as Fiscally Responsible as He Is’

All Clint Eastwood wanted to convey at the Republican convention “is that maybe our government would be as fiscally responsible as he is,” comedian/actor Tom Dreesen, a friend of Eastwood’s, explained Friday night on CBS’s Late Show. “And that’s all he came to say.”

David Letterman asked Dreesen, who has a role in Eastwood’s new movie, Trouble with the Curve, about Eastwood’s much-ridiculed by the media monologue with an imaginary President Obama. Dreesen declared the acting icon “has more integrity than almost any man I’ve ever met.”

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Recalling Eastwood “is a guy who was born and raised during the depression” who “cleaned pools, he pumped gas and he worked his way to being this icon on his own,” Dreesen (IMDB page), to audience applause, noted “the last 32” films “he directed all came in on time, under budget,” so “all he asked is that maybe our government would be as fiscally responsible as he is. And that’s all he came to say.”

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From the September 28 Late Show with David Letterman:

TOM DREESEN: He has more integrity than almost any man I’ve ever met, besides you, Dave. But he does have great integrity. Think about this. This is a guy who was born and raised during the depression. Struggled his whole life. His parents weren’t wealthy at all. He served in the armed forces. He had a plane go down, he survived that plane crash. He went into show business, he cleaned pools, he pumped gas and he worked his way to being this icon on his own, made on his own. Now, all he asks is – the last 58 films he’s in, but the last 32 that he directed all came in on time, under budget, all 32. All he asked is that maybe our government would be as fiscally responsible as he is. And that’s all he came to say. [cheers and applause]

DAVID LETTERMAN: Well, that’s nice of you to explain that.

DREESEN: He’s a good man.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center