President [Not Shown] Tooling-Up For State of the Union Gun Control Harangue

Clint Eastwood and his invisible friend (courtesy

“President Barack Obama [not shown] plans to honor victims of gun violence in his State of the Union address next week by leaving a seat empty in the first lady’s viewing box,” reports. At the risk of tripping the swear-sensitive Google algorithm delivering readers to TTAG, you’re shitting me. The President of the United States is “honoring” victims of “gun violence” ahead of the armed servicemen killed or wounded in the fight against the existential threat of Islamic extremism? That’s a disgrace. Obama said he hopes the empty seat . . .

will be a reminder of those who have been killed [mostly by gang bangers and by their own hand] by “gun violence” and a message to Congress to pass laws that degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. [Paraphrasing] “Their absence means something to this country,” he pronounced.

The President’s intellectual absence on the issue of gun rights means something to this country too. It means that we have a Commander-in-Chief who won’t stand up to our enemies, foreign or domestic, and wants to deprive his fellow countrymen of their final layer of defense against same. It means that he’s [another] politician happy to substitute cheap theatrics and machine politics for intestinal fortitude and the rule of law.

Wait. Didn’t the liberals laugh when Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair at the last GOP national convention? I guess all the President’s men’s memories are as short as their spines are weak. Meanwhile, here’s hoping that the Leader of the Free World doesn’t tear-up when pointing to the empty chair, lest the aforementioned enemies consider us all lachrymose liberals.


  1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    Gun control has become Obama’s version of a Clinton airstrike. BO’s policies are such a failure, he has to wag the dog somehow.

  2. avatar al says:

    This entire presidency has been an empty seat. He reminds me of a second lieutenant fresh out of officers school, no offense to the guys that get over it 😉 – utterly obnoxious and dripping with unrefined dogma!

    1. avatar Partigiano says:

      Ok, at least specify a West Point grad!

      1. avatar Almost Esq. says:

        Got to love those ring knockers. LT. Snuffy knows best! Can’t spell lost without LT!

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          You can’t swing a dead cat in the .mil without hitting a West Point or Annapolis grad…

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Butterbars are like new puppies. You gotta teach them and be firm with them. With a lot of work and patience they can be made into dogs that hunt.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Yeah, I ran into a supersarge who dealt with the local officers (including me) like that, as 99% were butterbars. Since I was a Captain over 10 years, and had already been through combat in one war at the time, I had a word with him, and we got along fine thereafter.

    3. avatar LarryinTX says:

      “This entire presidency has been an empty seat.”

      Boy, I am glad I had finished my coffee before I read that. It is *SO* stolen.

      1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        “This entire presidency has been an empty seat.”
        Sums up everything.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    That’s the solution. Whenever anybody isn’t getting what they want – it’s time to start crying. That’ll fix it.

  4. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    It would be funny if it wasn’t so pitiful a display of childish.

    1. avatar Buzz says:

      An empty chair can’t challenge or talk back. Censorship , like over at Ammolands comment section , is the preferred method of thought control.

  5. avatar John L. says:

    So … Michelle said she’s had enough of having to listen to him, too, and smile on top of it, and this is how they decide to cover for her?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Nope she’ll be there. The smart money says she’ll be sitting right next to the empty seat, holding hands with a mother who’s lost a child to “gun violence.”

      1. avatar jwm says:

        She gonna be wearing black?

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          She doesn’t need to *wear* black.

      2. avatar AlanInFl says:

        The hoodie hoodlum.

      3. avatar BDub says:

        Instead of leaving it empty, they should invite the statistically probable gang-banger that killed that mother’s child.

  6. avatar JoeVK says:

    Just thinking about that empty seat has me tearing up. Oh wait, never mind. It was just gas.

    When I see an empty seat, I don’t do any “reflecting” or “soul searching” about all the unfortunate people who couldn’t occupy that empty seat, because they fell victim to violence of some sort. You know what I do think?

    “Somebody had to go poop.”

  7. avatar AlanInFl says:

    Clint Eastwood is going to kick Zero’s butt again. How original.

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Only a few days and a year left.

  9. avatar James69 says:

    What do ya wanna bet he “talks” to the empty chair as well?
    Too bad we can’t get get a couple hundred “Guns and Bullets” magizines to hand out so when the camera pans the audince is reading them…….. Zing!

  10. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Perhaps the Congress should show their solidarity with President Thin Skin, by leaving each of their own chairs empty for the address, as well.

    1. avatar Blindman says:

      I wonder the same. Republicans should just not attend at all. This spiteful child has shown nothing but contempt for you, this country, and its laws.

      Why do you sit there and let him piss right in your faces AGAIN. Why do you contribute to another photo op and propaganda set piece for the dear leader.

      Just don’t show up. Or better still get up and Fing walk out when he starts his diatribe against the constitution and freedom for Americans.

      If regular republicans could show that they have even a little bit of fortitude they wouldnt be getting beaten into a pulp by trump right now.


      1. avatar Liberty says:

        Even better: Don’t invite him. The SOTU is not a Presidential power, it’s a privilege extended to the President by Congress.

        And yet, every single year the GOP lets Obama get away with this crap.

        1. avatar Bob says:

          I believe the Constitution mandates that the President give a SOTU address every year. So the Congress must allow him to do it.

        2. avatar Chuck in IL says:

          The president is mandated to do a SOTU address. Nowhere does it say it has to be in congress. In fact, for many years, it was not. It has simply become a show, and congress is the best stage. The Speaker has every right not to extend an invitation.

  11. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    Well said RF.

  12. avatar James says:

    An empty seat in Michelle’s box. Sound like some is going to be more lucky than the Powerball winner. Imagine being spared an hour and a half of President Zero’s droning and the proximity to Michelle. Take my seat please, I’m sure there’s a rerun of Seinfeld on that I’d much rather watch.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    There might be another empty seat at King Hussein’s SOTU address if Granny Ginsburg falls asleep in the middle of it like she did twice before.

    I think she’ll be okay if Sotomayor can keep Ginsburg off the sauce for once.

    1. avatar Blindman says:

      No no no! It’s crucial that ginsberg stay on one more year and into
      the next administration.

      She’s the very picture of health and vitality. Don’t you believe a word of it Ruthy Baby, you don’t look one day over 85!

  14. avatar LarryinTX says:

    I don’t see a problem. Hell, they can use MY seat, I can sit home and lie to myself, I don’t need him.

  15. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Bury needs to go on another crying jag-that’ll work…winky-dink time…

  16. avatar Javier says:

    Where is the president speaking out about the terrorist assassination attack perpetrated on the Philly police officer who got shot by a man with a STOLEN police service firearm. Was he an NRA member ? Did he even try to get the gun legally? Did he even get a BACKGROUND CHECK? The president is too busy trying to see how he can spin this against the NRA or how his expanded background checks would have prevented this.

  17. avatar Gordon says:

    If he’s going to leave a chair empty for gun victims. Why won’t he leave an empty chair for car accident victims? Or maybe for abortion victims? Because that’s not his political agenda. No tears for the unborn victims at planned parenthood?

  18. avatar DRGO says:

    Theatrics. This guy is a master. From the Grecian columns, the seal of the “Office of the President Elect”, to the friggin’ selective and dubious lacrimation, to this…..

  19. avatar Wrightl3 says:

    So the empty chair will match his empty head?

  20. avatar Charlie says:

    And when, precisely, will us peons be lectured again? Don’t reply. I don’t want to know. I already put Barry Sotero’s last SOTU lecture on the “Must Miss List”.

    Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out, ‘ol buddy boy. 🙂

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