Forget all the hype, the media attacks, the Republican embraces... check it out for yourself.
He's unorthodox. He keeps your attention. He's subtle. He's very funny. He gets a few pokes in, but that was his job.
Don't hold that against him. Watch and enjoy. The article says:
Eastwood took on a role made famous by Jack Palance in 1992: geriatric tough guy freestyles surreally on live TV. At that time—during the Oscars broadcast—Billy Crystal chastened Palance, who was determined to show Crystal up by doing a one-armed pushup on stage, by saying, "Decaf, Jack, Decaf."
If Palance needed less caffeine, it wasn't clear what Eastwood needed. A script? A director? Red Bull?
Eastwood seemed to speak without notes, without a Tele-Prom-Ter and without a clue of what he wanted to say. He shadow-boxed with Obama in a bizarre piece of stagecraft that involved an empty chair. He rambled about how America needed a businessman in charge. He came very close to using the f-word, making several feints at it. And he ran some ongoing gag about how he'd talk as long as he wanted to.
The weirdness seemed to discomfit the audience, but also charged them with adrenaline. Weirdness, maybe, was just what this convention needed—a reminder that, however closely choreographed, the conventions are still live events.
If you haven't seen it do. Decide for yourself.