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Even after chair skit, Obama says he's a 'huge Clint Eastwood fan'

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Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is President Barack Obama.

No hard feelings. Even after Clint Eastwood pretended to have a conversation with him via an empty chair at last week's Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama still says he's a "huge" fan of the actor and director's work.

Obama told USA Today that he thinks Eastwood is "a great actor, and an even better director," adding that "I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific."

The newspaper also asked the president if the skit offended him, to which he replied, "One thing about being president or running for president — if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession."

He said there would be no responding empty chair skit at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Comedian Bill Maher, for one, thought Eastwood's act was brave.

Said Maher on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night, "As a performer, as a stand-up comedian for 30 years who knows how hard it is to get laughs, excuse me, (Eastwood) went up there, without a net, on a tightrope. There was no teleprompter. He did a bit with just an empty chair and killed."

The late-night talk shows also couldn't get enough of Eastwood's skit, with Jon Stewart offering up a special edition of "The Daily Show," and announcing, "this is the most joy I've gotten from an old man since Dick Cheney non-fatally shot one in the face."

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