Actor Clint Eastwood speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.
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(CBS News) At the height of the tightly-scripted Republican National Convention, actor Clint Eastwood on Thursday made a "surprise" appearance, delivering a sometimes humorous, other times scathing speech - a convention moment that was ad-libbed, according to the Romney campaign.
Eastwood, who was reported to be the night's "mystery guest" earlier in the day, mocked President Obama, hitting the president on, among other things, the country's unemployment problem, Afghanistan and being a lawyer.
During his 10-minute remarks that began shortly after the broadcast networks began their special coverage of the convention at 10 p.m. ET, he quipped that Mr. Obama's supporters, including Oprah Winfrey, cried with optimism in 2008, adding, "I was even crying. And ... I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country."
"Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven't done enough, obviously - this administration hasn't done enough to cure that," he said.
Fact Check: Eastwood entertained but stretched the truth
He went on to have a conversation with an empty chair - representing Mr. Obama - and criticized the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the president's change of heart on closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo.
"When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let `em go," Eastwood said before making a throat-slashing motion. Eastwood endorsed the notion that troops should return "tomorrow" from Afghanistan and erroneously suggested that is Romney's position.
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