If you don't think it was brilliant, then ask yourself, "Why is there so much commentary on it?" The answer is that Clint knows how to manipulate an audience, as any good actor/director must know. The fact that it bothered the over-rated Roger Ebert proves that. It also seems to have bothered President Obama. Small wonder. The nearest to an empty suit is an empty chair.
Please note: This is a purely technical commentary on my part. I'm a registered libertarian myself. So I'm just sayin'.
Eastwood apparently so annoyed the egomaniacal president that the leader of the Free World felt compelled to hit back via Twitter (“this seat is taken”) at the movie star. Talk about losing your presidential aura. Empty chair = Obama is now a powerful association. Will the chair be in ads?
Mark my words.: The impact of this going be quite large.