White House to leave empty seat for victims of gun violence in First Lady’s section during SOTU

posted at 5:21 pm on January 8, 2016 by Allahpundit

The best thing that can be said about this is that it’s not the lamest stunt pulled at an Obama SOTU to fill the otherwise pointless spectacle with some meaning.

President Obama plans to leave an empty seat in the House gallery next week when he delivers his final State of the Union address to symbolize the victims of gun violence in the United States, a senior administration official said Friday.

Presidents typically invite carefully selected guests to the annual speech to reflect various policy and political priorities for the year and to honor members of the armed forces. But this will be the first time in his seven years in office that Mr. Obama has left a seat unfilled to make a point.

The gesture will be the latest part of a concerted White House public relations blitz in recent days promoting more regulation of firearms.

Everyone who hears about this has the same thought: Why commemorate one class of victims but not another? Are American soldiers who died carrying out Obama’s orders unworthy of an empty seat? American citizens killed by illegal immigrants whom Obama failed to deport? Here’s Ted Cruz racing down the court for the easy lay-up:

An empty seat is a fitting way to mark Obama’s commitment to this issue in that it’s entirely symbolic. The point, again, of the big gun-control push this year is for O to show off his virtue to his liberal admirers, not to do anything that’ll meaningfully reduce gun crime. In fact, even though the public supports expanding background checks generally, they’re under no illusions about what Obama’s executive action will accomplish:

Almost 6 in 10 say these measures will not be effective in reducing the number of gun-related deaths in the United States. That sentiment is particularly strong among gun owners, 75% of whom say they doubt the changes will reduce gun deaths…

Despite … shifts toward the positive in reviews of Obama’s handling of gun laws, most Americans say they oppose Obama’s use of executive actions to make these changes, 54% oppose it, while just 44% support that mode of action. Here, the partisan divide is wide: 78% of Democrats say they favor Obama’s use of executive actions, while 79% of Republicans oppose it. Independents generally oppose the move, 61% opposed to 37% in favor.

No matter. The quest for ever emptier, yet media-friendly, gestures on guns continues apace. Here’s Josh Earnest telling reporters today that O hasn’t ruled out further executive action, even though the universe of regulations he could impose that might survive a legal challenge is even smaller now than it was last week. Exit quotation from Scott Shackford: “When I’m president, there will be an empty seat in the State of the Union guest box to honor everybody who had better things to do.”


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HAHAHA

comedy gold

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM

BO is giving another little talk. No thanks, I’ll pass.

He never has anything to say, but always says it anyway.

Grace B. Withue on January 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

but no empty seats for all those killed by illegal aliens.

http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

The antidote:

Allen West [email protected] 44m44 minutes ago
Boom: Here’s what TRUMP promises to do about guns on his first day in office http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/01/heres-what-trump-promises-to-do-about-guns-on-his-first-day-in-office/

anotherJoe on January 8, 2016 at 5:28 PM

It’s going to be a long year, but at least there are seven years of incompetence, malfeasance, and divisiveness which are now behind us.

bobthm3 on January 8, 2016 at 5:29 PM

White House to leave empty seat for Allahpundit’s invisibility in First Lady’s section during SOTU

Edited for accuracy!

22044 on January 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM

It’s empty for the number of times the first couple have had sex.

RickB on January 8, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Alt Headline;

Empty seat at lecture by empty suit.

antipc on January 8, 2016 at 5:34 PM

One the other side can there be a blank sheet of paper for all their ideas that will do jack shit about it.

Chuck Schick on January 8, 2016 at 5:35 PM

….because an empty lectern would be redundant.

nico on January 8, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Imma leave an empty seat to commemorate all the barley that ended up being bread instead of single malt scotch.

tkc882 on January 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Speaking of empty chairs, where has Michelle been? She has been invisible for months.

Techster64 on January 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

antipc on January 8, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Dangit, beat me to it. Gotta start drinking less and and hitting the update more…

Or drinking more and not worrying about it!

Kraken on January 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM

If any GOPer had any balls, they’d put a placard with Kate Steinle’s name on that chair.

It’s their (our) house. They can do that if they want.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM

“Here’s Ted Cruz racing down the court for the easy lay-up:”

This is why I stick around…

;)

Seven Percent Solution on January 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

obama: ‘The old battle-axe might want a gun ‘

http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/obama-my-wife-might-want-to-own-a-gun/

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2016 at 5:47 PM

White House to leave empty seat for victims of gun violence in First Lady’s section during SOTU

Will the Obama’s also leave an empty seat for all the victims of Islamic rape in Europe over the last month?

oscarwilde on January 8, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Wow. What weak sauce.

Indiana Jim on January 8, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Speaking of empty chairs, where has Michelle been? She has been invisible for months.

Techster64 on January 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

She gained 40 pounds (at least) and doesn’t want to be seen. She was already heavy so that took her over the limit. Problem is that she hasn’t been following her special diet. Or has she?

anotherJoe on January 8, 2016 at 5:48 PM

White House to leave empty seat


Will it be this empty seat by any chance?

oscarwilde on January 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Set a bar stool next to it with past due notices and unpaid bills stacked on it. Signifying all the jobs of americans lost to illegals…..

Indiana Jim on January 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Could we have an empty seat for vince foster???

Indiana Jim on January 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

White House excoriates Clint eastwood for doing the exact same thing, then copies him. Lol!!!!

Indiana Jim on January 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Dangit, beat me to it. Gotta start drinking less and and hitting the update more…

Or drinking more and not worrying about it!

Kraken on January 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Caution, excess blood in your alcohol system can result in bouts with reality.

antipc on January 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Ehhh. Bullsh!t

They just needed the extra space to fit her fat ass.

JohnK144 on January 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Speaking of empty chairs, where has Michelle been? She has been invisible for months.

Techster64 on January 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

You say that as if it is a bad thing.

She was at the Kennedy Center Honors a few weeks ago but, yes, we’ve been delightfully free of her screeching. In the meantime, there apparently was a plot to “kidnap” Bo. I suspect that we will find out that it was actually a rescue mission.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Ehhh. Bullsh!t

They just needed the extra space to fit her fat ass.

JohnK144 on January 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Probably couldn’t find anyone else to take the invite.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

I guess Obama can watch himself giving the SOTU now.

RSbrewer on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

The House should have…
–14 empty seats for the victims of SB thanks to the State Dept not checking Social Media prior to letting that bitch into the country.
–4 empty seats for the Benghazi victims.
–An empty seat for all the Vets that died waiting for an appointment at the VA.
–An empty seat for the Americans that have died at the hands of scum released from Gitmo.
–An empty seat for the tens of thousands that have died in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS who gained power under the eye of BigO who did nothing.

SpudmanWP on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

If any GOPer had any balls, they’d put a placard with Kate Steinle’s name on that chair.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2016 at 5:41 PM

exactly right, except the GOPe scum running the show are empty suits who voters should make empty seats.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 8, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Pontificators gotta pontificate. It’s what they do.

Marcola on January 8, 2016 at 6:04 PM

I hope the Republicans leave an empty seat for all the victims of Planned Parenthood’s blood lust.

TheMadHessian on January 8, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Not the lamest stunt?

AP, you’re slipping, badly.

Athos on January 8, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Speaking of empty chairs, where has Michelle been? She has been invisible for months.

Techster64 on January 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

A picture of the happy First Family arriving home from their latest $27 million dollar holiday.

Don’t those charming Obama girls make you want to say “Look at that face!” ? Like mother, like daughters.

Dolce Far Niente on January 8, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Okay, now this whole SOTU theater has finally jumped the shark.

I’m not watching.

PattyJ on January 8, 2016 at 6:37 PM

TheMadHessian on January 8, 2016 at 6:06 PM

50+ million are a lot of empty seats…

Kraken on January 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Seems to me that Speaker Ryan should leave an empty seat next to him for the Constitution.

12th Legion on January 8, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Obysmal could put some straw on the seat to symbolize his strawman arguments.

Or he could put some straw on the seat to symbolize the straw purchasers of guns who have been enabled by his lax pursuit of policies. See Chicago for specific examples.

onlineanalyst on January 8, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Some Representative should bring a constituent that survived an encounter with a bad guy because they had a gun.

And then have them take that seat.

If an armed citizen can Save Just One Life….we need to Do It For The Children.

And wait…we have actual data, not just an empty claim, to support that.

ProfShadow on January 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

The Republicans should have an empty row for the victims of Islamic terror sacrificed to Obama, Clinton and Kerry’s incompetence and ambition.

Maybe the SCOTUS would donate their seats.

talkingpoints on January 8, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Two chairs? Should be enough for Michelle to park that enormous tush.

Demonized on January 8, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Lets find out how much money it would take to get President Trump to do the SOTUs ala Hugh Hefners Playboy Penthouse.

(This was on TV in the ’60s, so its Safe For Work)

BobMbx on January 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Seems to me that Speaker Ryan should leave an empty seat next to him for the Constitution.

12th Legion on January 8, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Empty seat….Biden…….don’t see much of a difference.

BobMbx on January 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Alt Headline;

Empty seat at lecture by empty suit chair.

antipc on January 8, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Gotta love ya’ some Clint Eastwood here.

Will it be this empty seat by any chance?

oscarwilde on January 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

You da man, OW.

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

OT and NSFW: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/01/08/nude-female-cologne-protest-we-are-not-fair-game-even-when-we-are-naked/

fossten on January 8, 2016 at 5:27 PM

I don’t generally sympathize with the Bare Ladies and their protests, but I make an exception for this brave and fortitudinous freulein.

The Local reports that it was just four degrees celsius (39F) outside in Cologne when the protest took place this morning:

“I stand for women’s freedom to move freely. For the things we’ve achieved in the past 50 years – for women’s emancipation,” Moiré told German newspaper Bild.

“I don’t want people to trample on these values and for women to have to adapt themselves. Women must be able to live their values of freedom, with self-determination and self-awareness,” she added.

She said: “I am firmly convinced that women will no longer be treated as sex objects when a naked woman is treated with as much respect as a clothed one.”

“I have no tolerance for what happened and how things have gone afterwards. I immediately felt as if I were being addressed. This is my first explicit political statement… Women should behave as normal and not allow themselves to be intimidated. It’s now politicians’ job to take steps such that this never happens again.

I think she is bonkers to believe that men will give up leering at naked women more than they will clothed ones, but the animals who can barely control themselves around women who are covered entirely in black sacks have no place in civilized societies.

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 7:56 PM

White House to leave empty seat for victims of gun violence in First Lady’s section during SOTU

Why not put a picture of Tyshawn Lee in it? Because better gun control laws — that those evil dry-eyed uncaring Republicans oppose — would have saved him and prevented someone from luring him into an alley, for free ice cream or something, and so they could put a few bullets in a head.

Oh, wait. Yeah, nevermind.

farsighted on January 8, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Tyshawn on swing when gangbangers out for revenge targeted him: prosecutors

On the way to his grandmother’s South Side home, 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee stopped at a nearby park to play on a swing set, setting his beloved basketball down nearby.

But Cook County prosecutors say three members of a Black P Stones faction had targeted the 83-pound boy to avenge a shooting by rivals three weeks earlier in which a mother was wounded and her 25-year-old son killed.

As two of the gang members drove off in a black SUV, the one who remained in Dawes Park picked up Tyshawn’s basketball and dribbled it a few times before handing it back to him. He then lured the boy into a nearby alley about the same time the SUV re-emerged. As the two looked on from the SUV, the one gang member shot Tyshawn five times, killing him, according to prosecutors and police. The fourth-grader’s basketball was found a few feet away.

If only the damn NRA would quit lying about gun control this could have been prevented.

farsighted on January 8, 2016 at 9:50 PM

“EMPTY” signifying the worth of his administration.

GarandFan on January 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM

The House should have…
–14 empty seats for the victims of SB thanks to the State Dept not checking Social Media prior to letting that bitch into the country.
–4 empty seats for the Benghazi victims.
–An empty seat for all the Vets that died waiting for an appointment at the VA.
–An empty seat for the Americans that have died at the hands of scum released from Gitmo.
–An empty seat for the tens of thousands that have died in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS who gained power under the eye of BigO who did nothing.

SpudmanWP on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Exactly!

ITguy on January 8, 2016 at 10:54 PM

SpudmanWP on January 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Exactly!

ITguy on January 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM

That seat represents all of those needlessly murdered in gun free zones.

unclesmrgol on January 8, 2016 at 11:36 PM

Bull. They couldn’t get anyone to sit next to her.

woohoo on January 9, 2016 at 2:42 PM

The Mooch does have a big azz and would be more comfortable sitting on 2 chairs as I see it.

IXXINY on January 9, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Simple way of making them look stooopid: refer to this as the KATIE STENELIE seat and make them own it. See? We can play too!

Wander on January 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM