Kumar Calls & Empty Chairs: Day 1 of the DNC in Tweets

5 years ago

Happy #EmptyChairDay!

If you don't know what on Earth that means, here's the quick recap: Clint Eastwood's speech on the last night of the Republican National Convention last week to an empty chair -- which immediately became known as Invisible Obama -- spawned a new photo meme (#Eastwooding), and prompted the president himself to tweet last week:

This seat's taken. OFA.BO/c2gbfi, twitter.com/BarackObama/st…

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 31, 2012

But on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, conservatives took to Twitter with photos of empty chairs to illustrate Eastwood's point -- that they believe Obama is not filling the presidential seat properly.

The Empty Chair Tweets

What the inside of BOA Stadium looked like yesterday. Empty chairs ;-) charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/02/349… #DNC2012 #NCpol

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) September 3, 2012

Obama and Dem leaders working hard on a budget #EmptyChairDay twitter.com/BarbaraArnold7…

— Barbara Arnold (@BarbaraArnold74) September 3, 2012

Democrats should have an empty chair on stage for the entire DNC & when anyone asks who it belongs to, they can say Osama bin Laden #DNC2012

— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) September 2, 2012

#EmptyChairDay twitter.com/Romniac/status…

— Romniac (@Romniac) September 3, 2012

Tweets From Charlotte

Those in Charlotte and on their way there are sending pictures, facts, and reports -- this was a day of caucuses, panels, and parties (no speeches).

Hispanic Caucus begins w/announcement that #DNC2012 has largest Hispanic presence in history of political convos. #latism

— Sylvia R. Garcia (@srgpolitics) September 3, 2012

I woke up feeling some fear about going to DNC, it's so busy & our politcal climate is so nasty.So I wrote out my prayers, and it helped.

— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 3, 2012

Obama sculpture in Charlotte. Larger than life and foundation of sand... twitter.com/ananavarro/sta…

— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) September 3, 2012

Madeline Albright! Coolest sighting so far, and she has a surprisingly understated entourage.

— Catherine Bracy (@cbracy) September 3, 2012

Oldest delegate is 98, youngest is 17, turning 18 before election day. #DNC2012

— Joanne Peters (@JoanneDNC) September 3, 2012

#DNC2012 on the floor waiting for Mrs Obama to come to the podium to practice her remarks. twitter.com/donnabrazile/s…

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) September 3, 2012


CHARLOTTE, Sept. 3, 2012 Vendors sell puppets of U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Carolina Fest street festival during preparations for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the United States, Sept. 3, 2012. President Barack Obama is to be named the Democratic Party's nominee during the DNC, which is scheduled to be held from Sept. 4 to Sept 7. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun) (Credit Image: © Zhang Jun/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Conservatives are asking Ronald Reagan's question from 1980, asked again by Paul Ryan in his speech to the Republican National Convention last week: Are you better off than you were four years ago? And people from all perspectives are answering:

Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Americans Receiving Food Stamps Has Increased From 31.9M To 46.5M – A 45% increase. #AreYouBetterOff

— RNC (@GOP) September 3, 2012

Are we better off? Yes, 4 years ago Bush led us to to a financial cliff & our sons & daughters were stuck in an unjust war in Iraq #DNC2012

— McBlondeLand (@McBlondeLand) September 3, 2012

Question: #AreYouBetterOff than you were four years ago?American People: NO!Red Politicians: NO!Blue Politicians: Repeat the question!

— Savannah (@thesavvy) September 3, 2012

Watching From Afar

While the rest of us are following along in social media and the news (or, if you're Kal Penn, on the phone with the President):

Ironic: Democrats start their national monstrosity on #LaborDay—inside a stadium (owned by a 'bailed-out' bank) w/ no Union workers #DNC2012

— Ξ BLACK REPUBLICAN Ξ (@blackrepublican) September 3, 2012

I enjoy this. RNC: "The RNC will respond nightly to DNC speeches with press conferences at their headquarters at the NASCAR museum."

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) September 3, 2012

Um, James Taylor is performing and Jimmy Carter is speaking at #DNC2012 -- *which* party is stuck in the 20th century?

— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) September 3, 2012

Just got off the phone with the President. It was pretty intense: ofa.bo/edKoRY

— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) September 3, 2012

Stay tuned for more interviews, slideshows, and commentary from the Democratic National Convention this week!

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