President Barack Obama Says He's a 'Huge Fan' of Clint Eastwood
09/02/2012 AT 03:25 PM EDT
"He is a great actor, and an even better director," the President told USA Today in an interview aboard Air Force One. "I think the last few movies that he's made have been terrific."
The newspaper then asked point blank if Obama took offense at what Eastwood did – speaking to an empty chair that was meant to represent Obama's sitting there and responding to the screen legend's pointed questions.
"One thing about being president or running for president," replied Obama, "if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession."
Soon after Eastwood's televised appearance at the RNC in Tampa, Obama's campaign staff took to its Twitter account to fire back at Eastwood and his empty chair symbol. The message, accompanied by a photo of the presidential chair with Obama sitting in it: "This seat's taken."
The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Charlotte, N.C.