Clint Eastwood: Leaders in Washington 'don't give a damn'

Calling the current political climate “very disappointing,” Eastwood says, “I just wish — the election's over, we should be moving ahead. And the leaders aren't stepping up."

Instead, the former Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., mayor contended, “It's almost like they don't give a damn. And so if they don't give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?"

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Asked by “Squawk Box” co-anchor Becky Quick if he thinks the situation is a reflection of poor leadership or the American public not wanting to hear bad news, he replies, “I think [lawmakers] have to hear from the public out there and maybe the public is a little lackadaisical as far as — you know most, the average layman out there [is] sitting going, ‘Well, nothing I can do about it so I’ll just wait it out.’ But meanwhile, don’t want to wait too long.”

Eastwood also addressed his chair-tastic chat at the convention. "Seemed odd at the time. But, you know, I'm an odd person," he said with a laugh. 

"One thing about getting into the senior status of life, like I am, you don't really care," he added. "You just say what you say and then you get away with it."