Obama Will Leave One Seat Empty During State Of The Union Address

It’s Obama’s last year in office, something most Americans are unbelievably thankful for, and Obama knows he’s going to have trouble staying relevant this year given the fact that the election will dominate television channels and radio airwaves. The final State of the Union address of his presidency is coming up, and one seat in Michelle Obama’s guest box will be left empty.

The empty seat, according to the White House, is meant to be a symbol for “the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.” The last time a seat was left empty during a State of the Union address was in 2003, when an empty seat in Laura Bush’s box represented the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks.

As the Washington Post points out, empty seats have often been seen as a sign of a politician’s weakness: the thought process an empty seat means no one was there to fill it; if there are many empty seats, there were many people uninterested, therefore the politician is a bad politician.

Many might remember the 2012 Republican National Convention, where Clint Eastwood appeared on stage next to an empty chair, and rambled to the chair for 12 minutes.

An empty seat being used in a State of the Union address is unusual, and underscores the somberness of the situation. Even though Obama’s gun control plans are nonsense and will do more to harm law-abiding responsible gun owners than criminals, the fact is that victims who have been killed by guns are no longer around and have no one to speak for them.

If only it were anybody but Obama, who would use their deaths to blatantly push a gun control agenda.