Ramirez on the empty-chair Presidency

posted at 2:31 pm on September 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I wrote about the apparent (but preliminary) vindication of the Clint Eastwood strategy, in terms of viewership and impact on voter choice.  However, the cultural impact of Eastwood’s empty-chair routine might be the biggest gain for Republicans from his appearance.  Paul Ryan had a brilliant line about college graduates being stuck in their childhood bedrooms, staring at “faded posters” of Barack Obama and Hope and Change.  This cycle, we have the empty-chair Presidency, thanks to Eastwood, and Investors Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez puts his Pulitzer Prize-winning talents to expanding on that theme:

The editors at IBD join their colleague:

Eastwood highlighted the empty chair and the empty promises and policies that failed to lower both the sea level and the unemployment rate, stuck at more than 8% for 42 months, a post-Depression record. Meanwhile, President Obama jets to college campuses in the carbon-gushing Air Force One to prattle on about student loans to college students who won’t be able to find jobs.

Obama and his administration officials have made 435 taxpayer-funded visits to college campuses or other events targeting students since March 2011. Included have been 164 trips to battleground states, a new study shows, leaving him too busy to meet with his jobs council to find these kids work.

Eastwood’s empty chair reminds us of the poem by William Hughes Mearns that goes in part: “Last night I saw upon the stair, A little man who wasn’t there, He wasn’t there again today, Oh, how I wish he’d go away .. .”

Eastwood suggests that in November we can make our invisible president do just that.

About the only thing that Eastwood needed was to place an empty suit in that empty chair.

Meanwhile, Bill Whittle eschews the empty chair imagery for Obama in his new Afterburner and uses another — The Incredible Shrinking Man.  The man who four years ago commanded arenas of adoring crowds now can’t fill his own nomination-speech venue.  Instead of engaging the political media, Obama now has descended to magazines like People and Glamour.  It’s a strange diminishment of an incumbent President, who should be engaging on the broadest possible stage to diminish his challenger.  Instead, as this weekend’s sudden dash for New Orleans showed, Romney is beginning to successfully diminish Obama:

Obama’s Kardashian media strategy signals that his campaign is pretty sure he’ll lose if only the politically engaged and savvy vote.  That’s a telling, if tacit, admission.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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First Eastwood & his chair, now it’s the racist rain washing away the DNC Obama Sand Man.
Almost makes you feel sorry for Barry….. nah!

bloggless on September 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Wow, two RNC attendants throw nuts at Black camerawoman and say “This is how we feed animals”. I wonder how they feel about Mia Love. Smh.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2FvSql8vpQlbUoy0

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

You’re a bit late, this has been covered already. But just think if the camerawoman had been white, you would have had to focus on something else instead…like her hair color or something.

Bishop on September 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Ramirez nailed the “Punk”.

Punk is the best descriptor of this narcissistic teenager who will never grow up.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

But, the problem is that this particular punk has ruined far more people’s lives than the on-screen punk in Dirty Hairy could ever have done.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Where’s TOTUS? I thought that was classic on the real presentation!

UnderstandingisPower on September 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Wow, two RNC attendants throw nuts at Black camerawoman and say “This is how we feed animals”. I wonder how they feel about Mia Love. Smh.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2FvSql8vpQlbUoy0

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Your point? They didn’t throw nuts at her because she’s black, they threw nuts because she was from CNN.

Other than that, your post has the flavor of, “Look! Squirrel!”

/not falling for it.

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You have to admit that is a first. Linking to a racist hip hop site that traffics in ignorance and base behaviour for proof.

tom daschle concerned on September 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Don’t forget CNN Piers Morgan’s Akin empty chair ridicule. “You are looking live at the empty chair that Todd Akin was supposed to be sitting in.” Liberals know how humiliating the empty chair is. They’ve used it themselves very recently.

DrStock on September 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Punk is the best descriptor of this narcissistic teenager who will never grow up.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

4 years ago my description of Zero was “commie punk”.

Hasn’t changed, but Clint allows me to say “Make my Day, you Commie Punk”.

Who is John Galt on September 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Whittle’s “Incredible Shrinking Man” video is excellent–well worth taking a few minutes out of the weekend to view! I had forgotten about Obama’s pathetic plea for wedding gift money earlier this year. Almost makes me feel sorry for him . . . almost.

pianomomma on September 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Wow, two RNC attendants throw nuts at Black camerawoman and say “This is how we feed animals”. I wonder how they feel about Mia Love. Smh.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2FvSql8vpQlbUoy0

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Ah, I see Axelrod has activated yet another Sleeper Cell.

You’ll have to do better than that, Kid. We discussed this very story what, 2 days ago?

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

bloggless on September 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

That picture is priceless. The narcissist who dreamed of being immortalized in stone on Mount Rushmore, having his sand-carved likeness washed away in the rain before he even gets nominated for the second term (that he’s not going to get).

Poetic.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Put an empty chair in your front yard to show you are against Obama.
The political yard sign of 2012.

albill on September 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Its always odd how the most poignant symbols seem to just arise out of nothing.

Forward, Hopenchange, ObamaCare, etc…all will fade to insignificance when compared to the impact of “The Chair”

BobMbx on September 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

And what happened to those two people?

What are their names?

Their backgrounds?

What was their motivation?

CW on September 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

So with all of those cameras around we surely have pictures and video right?

And there is no chance they were simply harassing a CNN employee and there is no chance they were plants.

That has never happened./

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYfmShJe5MA&bpctr=1346542327

CW on September 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Obama limbo polls even lower now
How much further low can the Obama polls go anyhow?

First he spreads his Marxist limbo feet
Then he moves to his Mussolini limbo beat
Then he goes on national TV like Bozo the Clown some more to bleat

Obama be limbo, Obama make his polls very sick
Polls go way unda Obama limbo stick

Cheshire Cat on September 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Cheshire Cat on September 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Bravo! That was great!

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

From Political Follies, click for laughter:
Top ten reasons why an empty chair is better than President Obama

stukinIL4now on September 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Ed, how about changing the thread pic for OOTDs and OOTWs to an Empty Chair?

This thing’s got legs! (pun intended)

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I would be SO into putting up an empty chair, except that it’s a waste of time in Louisiana. 0bama’s name is already mud here.

cane_loader on September 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Who knew that CE would prove S.E. Cupp a big fool?

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

As Mr. Eastwood would say, “Age and experience beats youth and a bad haircut.”

ebrown2 on September 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

First Eastwood & his chair, now it’s the racist rain washing away the DNC Obama Sand Man.
Almost makes you feel sorry for Barry….. nah!

bloggless on September 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Never happen.

98ZJUSMC on September 2, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Wow, two RNC attendants throw nuts at Black camerawoman and say “This is how we feed animals”. I wonder how they feel about Mia Love. Smh.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2FvSql8vpQlbUoy0

Politricks on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

That was debunked days ago. Current events much?

98ZJUSMC on September 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Ramirez nailed the “Punk”.

Punk is the best descriptor of this narcissistic teenager who will never grow up.

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

But, the problem is that this particular punk has ruined far more people’s lives than the on-screen punk in Dirty Hairy could ever have done.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Which makes the real life takedown of the “empty chair” even more powerful and memorable in comparison.

Myron Falwell on September 2, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Put an empty chair in your front yard to show you are against Obama.
The political yard sign of 2012.

albill on September 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Brilliant!! Perfect place for that old discarded chair i have been kicking around my garage.In its new role, it could possibly be the most important piece of furniture i own.

Hipshot on September 2, 2012 at 1:24 AM

First Eastwood & his chair, now it’s the racist rain washing away the DNC Obama Sand Man.
Almost makes you feel sorry for Barry….. nah!

bloggless on September 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Meh.

And what’s to say that the sculptors aren’t being paid one red cent by the DNC? Truly a waste in more than one ways.

Myron Falwell on September 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

From Political Follies, click for laughter:
Top ten reasons why an empty chair is better than President Obama

stukinIL4now on September 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I’ve got more.

An empty chair can’t give an iPod to the queen.
An empty chair can’t tell people they didn’t build that.
An empty chair can’t falsely apologize for America.
An empty chair can’t start Obamacare.
An empty chair can help one person be more comfortable which is the opposite of what Obama does.
An empty chair can’t nix the Keystone pipeline.
An empty chair can be removed from office right away when it is not needed.

MrX on September 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I guess my #5 should have been:

A chair is useful unlike Obama.

MrX on September 2, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Perusing my old country song book, I came across that gem by the great George Strait called…yup..“the Chair”

Looking at the lyrics, this ending caught my eye.

“…and to tell you the truth, that wasn’t my chair after all.”

Don L on September 2, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Now the next thing the Obama campaign need to do is use the chair well.

An ad with an prospective employee holding a shovel talking to the chair, for starters.

Then there’s those condoms, approved by Sandra, thanking the chair for getting them a job,…oh what fun..

Don L on September 2, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Big crowd for Romney in O-i-h-o.

HellCat on September 2, 2012 at 4:59 AM

I still think Romney representatives should describe Obama’s debate prep stand-in as an empty chair. He would get into Obama’s head just before the debate, and keep the moment alive.

moo on September 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Sorry, I meant the debate stand-in for Obama…

moo on September 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Barnestormer on September 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Umm… ummm… there are those who may say I am an empty chair. I am focused… umm… like a laser on not being an empty chair. Make no mistake, I am not an empty chair.

petefrt on September 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Yesterday upon a chair/
I met a man who wasn’t there/
He wasn’t there again today/
I wish, I wish he’d go away.

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

Last night I saw upon a chair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away …

Arssanguinus on September 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Yesterday upon a chair/
I met a man who wasn’t there/
He wasn’t there again today/
I wish, I wish he’d go away.

thank you….

ted c on September 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

ted c on September 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Monday is #EmptyChairDay !

petefrt on September 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

This is going to make an Obama Chair at Harvard Law (or U of Chicago) a bit dicey.

Barnestormer on September 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Arssanguinus on September 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Love it.

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/31/pull-up-a-chair-for-the-newest-internet-craze-eastwooding/

mountainaires on September 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Jews all around the world will have two empty chairs at Passover next year. One for Elijah…

Mojave Mark on September 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The incredible shrinking man:

POTUS –> TOTUS –> ECOTUS

petefrt on September 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Glad to see that line from one of the greatest action film openings has survived the decades. Put to perfect use here, on multiple levels.

curved space on September 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Monday – Empty Chair Day

Monday’s Alinsky-based action item is to take pictures of empty chairs, perhaps with a side of snark, like: “I voted for Hope and Change and All I got was this Lousy Chair”. These pics will be spread through the social media.

For Tweeters, the Twitter hashtag is #EmptyChairDay

Mutnodjmet on September 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Obama has evolved from Illinois congressman PRESENT to President NOT PRESENT.

We are all very grateful for his campaigning at our expense. Something about using our laws and customs against us?

Economic freedom terrorist?

Dinesh I need you.

Stepan on September 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Okay so this is the poetry corner is it:

With faux foam pillars and haloed hair
He came to us, nose in the air
For you and I he claimed to care
And fix our nation and make it fair
But then he went where none would dare
And before our eyes…Obamacare

And General Motors
He just boldly took,
While gasping folks
Didn’t dare to look
And gave it to those union hands
To bail out their union plans

Those jobs he promised never came
Though people searched through wind and rain
They carried shovels here and there
But Bama jobs just weren’t there

Those guns that clingers like to cling
To Mexico he’d illegally bring
In hope to take away fron us
He’d pass a law and make a fuss
But things went wrong and people died
Investigations and how they lied

Then he tried to hurt God’s Church
And place man’s conscience in a lurch
If it bothered God why should he care
Two messiahs just can’t be fair

Then came a most infamous date
When the world saw drop our credit rate
It’s Bush’s fault he said really strong
It’s impossible that Obama’s wrong

The years flew by and things did change
The constitution he’d try to rearrange
He lost his smile and began to frown
And blame all thing on those around

And now he think he’ll run again
Messiahs like him, deserve to win
So he back again,nose in the air
But everyone knows he’s just an empty chair

Don L on September 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Monday Empty Chair Day

Mutnodjmet on September 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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I was thinking of perhaps using an empty bench for the entire BO team instead of just an empty chair.

diogenes on September 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Don L on September 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Simply EXCELLENT!

dominigan on September 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The Barky’s response to tomorrow’s “Empty Chair Day”

“This seat’s taken.” HERE

jrgdds on September 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Obama is an empty chair with no legs to stand on.

Sherman1864 on September 3, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Here’s my humble contribution to National Empty Chair Day!

Urban Infidel on September 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Hey guys empty chair day is here and here’s the ultimate in empty chairs. Just does not get any better than the Lazyboy empty chair.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2925600/posts

rodguy911 on September 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

First Eastwood & his chair, now it’s the racist rain washing away the DNC Obama Sand Man.
Almost makes you feel sorry for Barry….. nah!

bloggless on September 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Actually Sand Obama in Charlotte fulfills a very important task.
It’s the biggest sandbox in the area and will attract cats that have too pee really bad from all over the area.
Besides the cats are attracted to all the free stuff that always goes along with obamba.

rodguy911 on September 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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