It was only a matter of time: 'The Empty Chair' Obama poster

It was only a matter of time: The ‘Empty Chair’ Obama poster.

Please go to the link to see whole image.  I am fairly certain it would not be – uh – Fair Use to copy it in its entirety for this blog post.


Yesterday I found similar artwork from another artist via Facebook, but I chose not to post about it for a number of reasons: the artist had tweeted that he’d rather have a chair as president than Mitt Romney (Hey, it’s a free country).  So apparently he made a Fairey-style poster of a chair to support Obama, which is fine – but it just sounded stupid coming from an Obama supporter because evidently the point of the work was to celebrate Obama’s empty-chair-ness rather than to attack Eastwood or – goodness forbid – defend Obama against the charge  (which I must admit is easier said than done [Exactly – Ed.]).  So I chose not to post on that particular Obama ‘Chair’ poster.

In contrast, the artist linked above seems non-political (not that it matters).  He just likes to comment on current events from time to time…

UPDATE: Could this be actually true?  Or is this Althouse blogging from the Mirror Universe? Bill Maher defends Eastwood: “Maher is speaking as a standup comedian, knowing how hard it is.”

Hey, even a broken clock.  And props to Maher for acknowledging a good performance when he sees it.  Clint’s empty chair routine, broken down to its most basic elements, was indeed that of a performer at work – connecting with his audience from onstage.  There was nothing wild, freakish, or bizarre about it.  And it’s disingenuous from many in the chattering classes to describe it in such terms.  Like Professor Althouse wrote on another post, they are either playing dumb or are dumb.  You can easily find much weirder stuff on stage in the Hollywood Theater District, on Santa Monica Boulevard.

MSNBC‘s on-air talent in particular should know better than scratching their heads at Mr. Eastwood’s routine, since – except when they are broadcasting live – on-air personalities spend a great deal of time doing their job by speaking to an imaginary audience.  Actors must do something similar on set quite often.  For crying out loud, Sir Alec Guinness had to talk to a puppet and pretend it was a Jedi Master on The Empire Strikes Back.  And he wasn’t the only one: