President Barack Obama said he didn’t take offense at Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, saying that if you’re president and are “easily offended, you should probably choose another profession.”
The 82-year-old Hollywood legend received mixed reviews for his 12-minute improvisational bit that included him speaking to an empty chair as if Obama were sitting in it. The Obama campaign fired back on Twitter, posting a photo of the president sitting in a chair with the caption, “This seat’s taken.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 31, 2012
But in an interview with USA Today Saturday, Obama insisted he was an Eastwood fan and wasn’t bothered by what he had said.
“He is a great actor, and an even better director,” Obama said. “One thing about being president or running for president — if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession.”
Obama said he didn’t think the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. would contain a similar sketch.
“I think we’ll be playing this pretty straight,” he said.