William A. Jacobson @ In-sur-rec-tion
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 Breitbart.com, 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):
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!”