The Empty Chair Day Twitter campaign went viral on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The Clint Eastwood speech Republican National Convention comedy routine depicting an empty seat interview with President Barack Obama garnered an immense amount of media scrutiny. The hashtag #emptychairday was began trending on Twitter during the early morning hours on Labor Day and is still holding strong, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Fiscally conservative blogger, Michelle Malkin, was among the first to begin using the #emptychairday or #emptyseats hashtags on the social networking website. She encouraged her thousands of followers to post photos of a decorated chair in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Vacant seats adorned with a vast variety items are still being passed around online and used as the focal point of political commentaries highlighting the differences between Democratic and Republican visions for America.
Tea Party commentator Tammy Bruce is also very active in the trend spawned by Clint Eastwood’s use of an old comedy bit during the Republican National Convention. Political junkies are showcasing their creative sides by placing lonely pieces of furniture in front of faded Barack Obama posters and makeshift teleprompters and in a bowing position in front of images of foreign leaders.
The Clint Eastwood instigated presidential campaign hashtag has given birth to a series of related trends including the #eastwooding phrase and a spoof Twitter account, @invisibleObama. Perhaps the most memorable tweet by @invisibleObama – “Someone should tell Marco Rubio he’s standing on my foot right now.”
Some Social networking posters are using clever words and not a camera to get in on the campaign fun before the trend evaporates and another takes its place.