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White House to Eastwood via twitter "This seat's taken"

posted 31 Aug 2012, 13:42 by Mpelembe   [ updated 31 Aug 2012, 13:42 ]

The White House tweets "This seat's taken," with a photo of Obama in a chair -- in response to Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention in which the Hollywood star addressed an imaginary Obama in an empty chair. Tara Cleary reports.

USA-EASTWOOD WHITE HOUSE - The White House came out firing following Clint Eastwood's "empty chair" speech at the Republican National Convention.

Washington tweeted a photograph of President Barack Obama sitting in his presidential chair, with the comment, "This seat's taken".

The response did anything but put an end to the dual -- with the story going viral and dominating post-convention media coverage.

The back and forth also appears to have overshadowed presidential contender Mitt Romney's moment in the spotlight.

But in the end it might just have made Obama's day.