GOP chairman gives Clint Eastwood chair a home

10:54 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

The chair used as a prop by actor-director Clint Eastwood during his now-famous rambling speech at the Republican National Committee last summer has found a home.

Museum? No. Celebrity collector? Not exactly.

The Eastwood chair sits in the office of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, right here in the nation's capital.

CNN reported this week that Priebus "gets the joke" about the chair, which was the first thing the party leader showed off during a tour of his office.

For those who need a refresher, Eastwood got tongues wagging with his remarks at the Republican National Convention last summer. Built up as a surprise "mystery guest," Eastwood pretended to talk to President Obama as though he were sitting in the chair next to him onstage in Tampa.

At one point, Eastwood suggested that imaginary Obama wanted him to say something off-color to Romney - who eventually was praised by the actor in his remarks. The Eastwood bit was memorable, though not in the way Romney and the GOP wanted.

Priebus is on a quest to invigorate the Republican Party, after Romney failed to reclaim the White House and the party fell short in its quest to win control of the Senate.

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