US President Barack Obama shrugged off Clint Eastwood's memorable Republican National Convention performance in part of a USA Today interview published Sunday, declaring: "I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan."

"He is a great actor, and an even better director," Obama told the paper aboard Air Force One on Saturday. "I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific."

In case you missed it, Eastwood's 12-minute improvised riff at the convention in Tampa centered on a exchange in which he pretended to have a conversation with an invisible Obama, represented by an empty chair. Obama's campaign Twitter account fired back with a photo of Obama in a chair with a presidential plate. "This seat's taken," it said.

So, the question is: "Was the president offended?"

"One thing about being president or running for president- if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession," Obama responded.

In case you wonder if the Democrats try to respond in kind at their convention in Charlotte, N.C, Obama claims:"I think we'll be playing this pretty straight".

What do you think of Obama's stance?

According to us, Obama plays the political game like a real pro.

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