Before Arnold decided to step into office, Clint Eastwood was splitting his time acting in films with acting as an elected official. The libertarian star was mayor of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California from 1986 to 1988. In 2001, 2004, and 2005 he was also appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission. Despite his experience in politics, none of it seemed to prepare him for his 2012 speech at the Republic National Convention. There the actor became the subject of Hollywood ridicule for doing a bit where he had a satirical, on-stage conversation with President Barack Obama, who was personified by an empty chair. The incident was derided for being unfunny, nonsensical, and generally a failure to all those who weren’t right wingers. Even the President ridiculed the event in a Tweet that responded “This seat’s taken.” To his credit, Eastwood later admitted he was unprepared and ill-suited for the event. He has also claimed there are more Republicans in Hollywood’s ranks that Eastwood was speaking for, though they remain stifled by the kind of criticism the actor received.