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National Empty Chair Day (photos from around country)

National Empty Chair Day (photos from around country)

UPDATE – No new submissions being accepted for now, the response was so overwhelming that there’s already a huge backlog.

Today is the impromptu National Empty Chair Day, which I covered on Saturday night when a reader alerted me to the idea.  At the time there were about a half dozen tweets from @YouTooCongress, but little other attention.

Through the efforts of Prof. Glenn Reynolds, Michael Patrick Leahy of, Michelle Malkin, Twitchy, and many others in the right blogosphere, National Empty Chair Day has spread far and wide in about 24 hours.

A.F. Branco has created a logo (feel free to use):

The Twitter hastag is #EmptyChairDay.  A Facebook page Eastwooding Obama (added, also National Empty Chair Day) has been set up.

Reader submissions are encouraged, and will be posted in our sole discretion.  Only photos taken by readers themselves which have not already been published elsewhere (except the reader’s own blog) will be posted here.  No Photoshops.

(If we get any campus photos, they’ll be posted over at College Insurrection.)

Please include name and town/state (only first name will be published with photo) by email via the contact page.  (note added)  If you do not include name and town/state the photo will not be run.

Here’s the one that started it all, from Sandy Daze from Virginia Beach, VA:

People did not wait for today, and started sending photos yesterday.  (Boston radio host Michael Graham already had reserved a empty seat for Elizabeth Warren on Friday!)

From commenter VonBeck2, who writes from flooded Louisiana:

“My dad lives in Laplace, LA. He experienced flooding during the recent hurricane that passed through this area. This is the first time that his home has flooded. This is significant because his house didn’t flood during Hurricane Katrina…. So all of that money spent has the effect of just flooding somebody else.

Here’s my contribution to the empty chair meme. This was taken today as I went to check on him. The water has receded some but it is still to high to restore electricity to his neighborhood, which. is a big deal in the deep south. So I was thinking where is Obama. Not in Laplace, La. I wonder if he is having fun campaigning while the suburbs drown.”

From Darren, who writes “Couldn’t wait for tomorrow….”:

From Jeanne in Fort Worth, TX, who writes “Count me in for Monday’s ‘Empty Chair Day’ campaign. However, I’m so keen that I’m starting on Sunday! My sign says “Make My Day! Fire Obama On November 6th.” Wouldn’t it be great to see an entire neighborhood with empty chairs in front of every home?”

From Matt in Topanga, CA:

From Maria in Gladstone, NJ, who writes: “Here is my empty chair photo. It’s (almost) as broken as our economy! Love your website, keep up the good work!”

From Rob in Owasso, OK:

From commenter creeper in Comanche, Iowa,, who writes “I am SO ready. Here’s mine. I’m particularly proud of the “teleprompter”…a floor lamp and plastic top from a Kodachrome slide box. Bring it on!”

From RiverRat Tom in Cedar Park, TX:

From Bill in Mountain Home, ID, who writes “The flag is laid with the field of blue towards to ground to signify our nation’s distress”:

From Chuck and Patty in Tonasket, WA, who write: “Ok it’s a camp chair but this is Okanogan County. One of the biggest counties in the country and only four traffic lights”:

From Keith in Flossmoor, IL, who writes: “I’m a big fan of your blog & have been following you for some time.  Wanted to submit my ’empty chair’ entry in the hope it makes your blog.”

From Miles in Wright City, MO, who writes: “The flag is out and so is the chair, which has been empty for a long while.”

From Steve in Chesterfield, MO, who writes: “Ready for National Empty Chair Day on Monday? I am! Attached shot just taken in front of my house [in] Chesterfield, MO. Labor Day has been cancelled due to lack of jobs. Builds on Clint Eastwood’s remarks.

From Dave in Uniontown, OH:

From Debbie in Homewood, IL, whose note on the chair quotes Clint Eastwood: “When somebody is not doing the job, we have to let him go.”

From Susan in Missouri City, TX, outside the play house for her granddaughters:

From Allen in Lexington, KY, who writes, “Prof Jacobson, what better way to hold Labor Day, for the 23 million unemployed under Obama. …thank you Mr. Eastwood, it took a day or two for most to understand, but your demonstration will be remembered for years!”

From Brenda in Coleridge, NE, who writes “Mr. Eastwood is just thrilling, a thousand thank you’s are not enough.”

From Jacey from Waterford, WI, at her blog The Pablum, titled “America tossed aside …”:

…. and more to come.  Please be patient at the Legal Insurrection graphic arts and web production departments are, um, on vacation today.

John in the “backwoods” of North Carolina:

Vicki in Naperville, IL, who writes: “I’m a long-time daily reader of your site and appreciate so much all the work you do. Anyway, here’s my empty chair photo. There’s a bit of a red, white and blue color scheme…”

From Joe in Austin, TX:

From Michael in Overland Park, KS, who writes: “keep up the good work, thanks!”

From Andi in Lafayette, LA:

From Rachel, who writes: “From an American living in Singapore! This is a truly empty chair! Perfect for the childish nature of the current administration!”

From Larry in Arvada, CO, who writes: “Should be readable, but plaque on chair reads, “Prez, MIA 2/2009” (mocking the tweet picture he sent out showing chair w plaque). The picture mocks his promise to be bipartisan. This was fun to set up, so thanks much!”

From Suzette in Aberdeen, NJ:

From Grant in Lynchburg, VA (looks like some subversive material on that chair):

From Barbara in Treasure Island, FL:

From Scott in Columbia, SC, who writes: “Heard about it just now…..rather , just read about this thanks to twitchy. here is my empty chair. Thank you!”

From Michele in Grand Rapids, MN:

From Nate in Woodbridge, VA, who writes: “Notice the change?”

From Dan, who writes: “Great way to keep the meme alive! Here’s my contribution, from deep in the belly of the beast (Ann Arbor, MI).”

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS IN NEW POST, National Empty Chair Day Photos, Part 2


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Just two months to election, and the Media Gods,
Have thrown all sense of honor away.
Doesn’t matter to them if they slander or lie,
Just as long as their “bitch*” can still stay,
In a post he’s not fit for, with a title he’s not earned,
With a job he has never fulfilled,
But the Media’s whores learned in 2008
They’d divine power to raise up a shill**.

So they took an unknown from the City of Crime,–
Some kid with a past they could hide.
And their finest deceivers conspired to create,
A fiction who could smile and lie.
Down the “memory hole” went his past, piece by piece–
How’d it work? We can hardly begin,
To appreciate the skill and sheer gall of their fraud,
They did “whatever” they needed to win.

To the men he was “buff”, to the women “pure sex”,
(Even now there are some who will swoon!)
To the blacks he was “brother”; and the whites felt for sure,
He’d absolve them of their “racist” doom.
He’d a hell of a smile; and he learned from the best,
To project “hip” and “cool” on TV.
He was carefully trained in the “Teleprompter’s art,”
But without? Let’s just say–“lost at sea”.

Well, the Media Whores did a hell of job–
He won BIG in ’08, and began,
To attempt to fulfill all those outrageous vows,
Which he’d been making up as he “ran”.
The TV, the papers, the progressive blogs,
Praised his FAILURES as if he was God,
But the fact was, he really had nary a clue,
How to do more than watch them applaud.

Well, the “rest is now history” (such fearful words),
Our Republic’s survival’s in doubt.
But one thing that’s for sure is we better make sure,
That we know what this election’s about.
“Cause the Media Gods on the 5 o’clock news,
Do NOT want you to think; if you do,
You may form YOUR opinions, and questions, and ask—
How honest has the Media been with you?
* Slang for a weak man dominated by others.
** One who acts as a decoy, stalking horse, or “surrogate”

huskers-for-palin | September 3, 2012 at 12:24 am

New on Twitter




I see photoshopping isn’t allowed, but somebody has to photoshop Bibi Netanyahu lecturing to an empty chair (Remember when Obama sat their silently giving Bibi the stink eye as Bibi told it like it is?)

Where does one go to find out how many tweets the hashtag is getting?

(who won’t be able to put out an empty chair since he lives in Korea, in an apartment – but he is hoping this day is like Chik-fil-A appreciation day!)

[…] He’s already got a ton of them! […]

OK, now we need an Empty Suit day followed by a Talking Head day. Both should be during the DNC.

[…], created by A.F. […]

I wonder what Clint Eastwood’s reaction is?

Tried to contact you, Prof Jacobson, but coudln’t find an email address for you, but here’s a bumper sticker one of my (few) readers forwarded to me. THought you’d get a kick out of it.

Lucianne has posted this:

This site is a charter member of The Empty Chair Movement and celebrating National Empty Chair Day.
This replaces Labor Day because there are no jobs

[…] Professor Jacobson has more. Lots more: This entry was posted in Barackalypse, Socialism Kills, Whiskey Rebellion by Joan of Argghh!. Bookmark the permalink. […]

Joan Of Argghh | September 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

I didn’t do my own chair, but I did find a whole auditorium of DNC delagates to pose for this today.

    HA HA HA !!! Speaking of which, how many Dems are staying away from this week’s hate-fest (a.k.a. DNC)?

    Obama advisers had tried to keep the former president [Bill Clinton] off the big stage this week, according to Klein, wanting to relegate him to a minor, nonprime-time speaking role. But Bill Clinton threatened to boycott the convention unless he was given a prominent role, the article said.
    Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, argued that Obama needed Clinton more than Clinton needed him, according to Klein.
    “And so, Clinton was signed on to remind voters of the glory days of a Democratic president’s economy,’’ Klein wrote.

    Read more:

[…] Patriot. Legal Insurrection. Maggie’s Notebook. Nice Deb. Primordial Slack. Patriot’s […]

Joan Of Argghh | September 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

Oh, and just for the occasion, an homage to Mr. Eastwood:

Home Run

The RNC, awash in cash
and saved by Private Ryan
major-leagued a boring bash
for insiders who were buying.

From mom n’ pop to Taylor Hicks
the Party lineup paraded there
the gray and oldest of their tricks
with power grabs and helmet-hair

The teleprompted floor rules bagged
the designated hitters
The Paul-bots routed, tongues were wagged:
No delegated splitters!

Bold speeches followed head-to-tail
Like three-ringed pachydermia
Their tones and drones our ears assailed
to a state of hypnothermia

A mystery guest! Who could it be?
I rouse my sleepy senses
It’s HarryPhiloBillyWales
He’s aiming for the fences!

He swings, he hits, he scores at-bat
the Party now to life returns
A simple hit, a sturdy thwack
Is all it takes to turn the worm.

An empty chair,
An old man’s dare.
A simple twist. . .
. . .all in the wrist.

[…] Labor Day… or rather Happy Empty Chair Day. Be sure you hit Legal Insurrection and submit your empty chair photo to Professor Jacobson’s […]

The Huffington Post posted a story the other day making fun of Clint Eastwood talking to a chair. I understood what the symbolism was, apparently they didn’t.

9 am. Fox News just mentioned Empty Chair Day..

[…] Eastwood offers a puzzling performance at the Republican National Convention and an internet meme is born. There’s been a lot of discussion and analysis of Eastwood’s speech, uh, presentation […]

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[…] Please visit LegalInsurrection.Com To Submit Your Photo Today […]

[…] So Eastwooding is a verb now, and empty chairs symbolize the waning Obama presidency. […]

[…] More photos HERE If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS […]

I think this is effective and different and reaches people. But I hope we stay focused on attack. Did anybody see Newt on Meet the Press? In a few short matter-of-fact minutes he demolished the leftist/MSM abortion narrative as Tom Brokaw stared in stunned silence and Thomas Friedman stumbled, stuttered and scurried for cover. I don’t understand why Romney can’t find more people to do this. It’s really not that hard. It’s all about the facts and the nerve to get in their faces with them.

[…] Be sure to check out Jayne’s fantastic collection of “empty chair” photos that she found all over the Web. WTG, Jayne! Jayne, You are an […]

[…] William Jacobson is posting pics from around the county. […]

After I sent you that pic, Professor, I went back and added a red, white and blue bow to the base of the “teleprompter” and leaned a 3-wood up against the chair (h/t Nice Deb). It’s getting some attention from passers-by.

[…] a pic of an empty chair, let me know and I’ll link. If you do not blog but are participating, first get your photo on Legal Insurrection, and if you want to send it to me, I’ll also post it. I wish I had one of those hanger-type […]

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[…] here, with more Empty Chairage. Also a bit of background on “Eastwooding.” […]

[…] Here are more photos from around the country. […]

[…] Legal Insurrection for more: National Empty Chair Day (photos from around country) The Twitter hastag is #EmptyChairDay.  A Facebook page Eastwooding Obama (added, also National […]


No new submissions, eh? Here’s my insurrection.

2 Pictures of LukehandCool’s National Empty Chair Day.

The Empty Chair Overseas Edition.

[…] It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s a social media phenomenon (see here for full round-up of blog and MSM coverage and Legal Insurrection’s comprehensive coverage here). […]

[…] National Empty Chair Day (photos from around country) […]

[…] Mr. Eastwood and his empty chair […]


Has anybody seen this?? The GOP hacks HAVE found a way to sabotage the gift Clint Eastwood has given!

“Clint Eastwood axed from RNC video:”

A Romney adviser said the presidential candidate found Eastwood’s skit funny, but other Republicans said it disrupted the flow of the final night at the national convention, the report said.

“I personally think Clint Eastwood was a mistake before he came out,” former California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said.

Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich also called the performance ‘a distraction’.

AMAZING!! Once again, we’re at war with incompetents in our own party willing to lose for the sake of who-knows-what?!

[…] It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s a social media phenomenon (see here for full round-up of blog and MSM coverage and Legal Insurrection’s comprehensive coverage here). […]

“A chair is still a chair
Even when there’s no one sitting there
But a chair is not a house
And a house is not a home
When there’s no one there…”

RIP Hal David

[…] My entry for Legal Insurrection’s National Empty Chair Day. […]

[…] doing just that. The Legal Insurrection blog also has plenty of empty chair photos from today in a three-part series and as a result, wound-up making Fox News; in contrast, Politico was taken by surprise by this […]

[…] Empty Chair Day High School bud, Tom S. was first in the in-box this morning with the legalinsurrection pics, but Steven Hayword’s powerline blog has the best I’ve seen, […]

[…] stark contrast to the Obama’s farcical presidency, National Empty Chair Day was a big success. My favorite example of […]

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[…] more examples of Eastwooding can be found at Legal Insurrection (here and here), though none can top this […]

[…] Maybe they should start reading Legal Insurrection. […]

[…] more examples of Eastwooding can be found at Legal Insurrection (here and here), though none can top this […]

[…] A.F. Branco at created a logo for “National Empty Chair Day,” posted with the encouragement “free to use,” as seen below in Exhibit 3. Exhibit 3: National Empty Chair Day logo […]

[…] a guy isn’t getting the job done, you have to let him go” and the empty chair thing had its own day this […]

[…] Then again, maybe even Karl Marx despised Obama, and submitted this photo from hell for National Empty Chair Day. […]

[…] Jacobson of Legal Insurrection started National Empty Chair Day. Today he wrote that one picture from that day may become the universal […]

[…] Lady’s suggestion that Americans give up pizza nights in support of the POTUS. Here’s an empty chair for you to set out in your driveway when you give your Yard Sale for […]

Great Pics! hahahah
check this empty chair app out-