When seasoned actor and director Clint Eastwood was announced on Thursday as the Republican National Convention's "mystery speaker," nobody could have predicted that what would later unfold could stand as one of the strangest moments in the history of political pageantry.
That is, unless you guessed the 82-year-old movie star would take the stage and end up speaking for three times longer than he was supposed to, mostly to an empty chair. You didn't, so we'll just rule that out.
And while the empty chair-as-invisible president stunt probably didn't go over as planned -- unless Eastwood intended to spawn an internet meme and distract people instead of building up GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's big night -- it could have been a lot worse, all things considered. Here's how:
For the 10 best lines from Eastwood's speech, click here.
Eastwood's entire RNC speech: