President Obama Would Be the First to Cut "Dirty Harry" Some Slack, So Let's Join Him

Los Angeles, California


Nearly thirty-years ago, in the spring of 1983, Clint “Dirty Harry” Eastwood took a few moments out of his busy life to personally congratulate me on my promotion to Detective III at Hollywood detectives. Now, I’d like to return that favor and speak out for HIM.
Did Eastwood cross the line and commit a major screw up?  YES. Was he disrespectful and insulting to our president? YES. Did he hurt anyone but himself? NO.

I am absolutely certain that the very first person to (and I’m sure already has) forgiven Eastwood is president Obama.  Our president would be the first to wave it off as, “no big deal.” I’m sure that was the president’s  position five-minutes after Clint left the stage.
And I say the same. Forget the politics.  Let’s cut one of our greatest actors some slack and remember him for what he has given our nation. He’s been a consummate actor for 57-years and given his life to the public. He’s been loved and respected for over six decades.
What needs to be recognized here is not a one-night screw-up but his BODY OF WORK. He’s made many of our days and nights and needs to be remembered not for ten minutes of bad impromptu, but for his lifetime of service to the world as a CLASS ACT entertainer.

I  say, “Congrats to Dirty Harry”. and thank you for a lifetime of service as one of our greatest actors/directors..

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  1. Kristina on August 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I completely agree with everything you said Steve. Wonderful post!
    On another note: I’ve just finished all 3 of your books and want to commend you on a fantastic job of solving these multiple crimes, especially with the personal emotional turmoil you must have encountered while doing so.
    Bravo sir, on a job well done!

  2. Steve Hodel on August 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Kristina: Thanks for the kind words. Greatly appreciated. All my best, Steve.

  3. Jennifer on March 27, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Most of his 70s films are about the Zodiac killer (just given diff names like the Code Killer etc), and even some of his more recent 00 films (Blood Work); he obviously idolized John Huston (directing that elephant Hunter film); his Gauntlet lady friend Sondra Locke wrote in her memoir that he destroyed her chances to continue in the Industry as a Director (out of petty male ego)…
    anyway, the Zodiac killings and Eliz Short murders inspired a lot of attention, becoming standard farein Hwood, and further serial killings… Since Eastwood is so connected to the Zodiac killings, is he informed of your books?

    • Steve Hodel on March 27, 2021 at 8:27 am

      No, not really. Not sure his name ever comes up in any of my writings. May have mentioned him in connection with the “Dirty Harry film” but nothing that adds anything to my investigations.

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