Is anyone else still trying to figure out exactly what in the hell Clint Eastwood was up to last night? In one of the most surreal, bizarre, and unexpected moves in the history of political conventions, Academy Award-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood conducted an “interview” of a sitting President. Of course, President Obama wasn’t actually there to answer questions. But that didn’t stop Eastwood, who asked viewers to imagine that Obama was sitting in the empty chair stage left of him.
Twitter exploded (to the tune of 7,044 tweets per minute at one point), as you would expect. And before Eastwood was even done with his speech, a parody account had already been created in its honor.
@InvisibleObama quickly garnered nearly 40,000 followers and became the unofficial mascot for the highly unusual convention speech.
And as of 9am ET Friday morning, the account has been suspended by Twitter.
UPDATE: It’s been reinstated:
I’m back. Sorry about that. @Twitter took the invisible thing a little too literally. Now where were we…
If the account is dead for good, we salute you. Here are some of the best tweets, in memoriam:
And for more context, here’s Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech: