What Clint Eastwood Thinks About President Obama

Director, actor and producer Clint Eastwood poses for a portrait during an interview Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in New York.
AP Photo/Victoria Will
Director, actor and producer Clint Eastwood poses for a portrait during an interview Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Victoria Will)

NEW YORK (CBS) Most people know Clint Eastwood as an Oscar winner, an actor and a prolific film director, but few people remember that he's also a politician and once served as mayor of Carmel, Calif.

He spoke about that experience and his thoughts on where the country is headed when he sat down for an web interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric.

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The 80-year-old director told Couric he has no intention of going back into politics but he said the country was "in a very strange period right now, one of the strangest I can remember in my lifetime. "

The country is facing serious inancial problems, he said, but it "seems like people are becoming political for some sort of notoriety, and not for d-- for really accomplishing anything."

Asked about President Barack Obama, Eastwood said, "You know, I think he's a nice fella, and I enjoyed watching him come along. And I enjoyed his watching him campaign and win the job. But I'm not a fan of what he's doing at the moment. "

He said he doesn't think the president has surrounded himself with the proper advisers and he believes Mr. Obama is not "willing to take a chance on losing."

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