A history of empty chairs as political props
Political theater sometimes calls for props. On Thursday Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee pulled out a classic: the empty chair. When U.S. Attorney General William Barr failed to show up for a committee hearing to...more
In November 2017, Democratic leaders in Congress skipped a meeting with President Donald Trump that was supposed to focus on the budget and avert a government shutdown. When Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi declined to attend the White House meeting,...more
It was the night Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, was to accept his party's nomination at the convention. But before Romney's acceptance speech, Clint Eastwood appeared as a last-minute speaker to warm up the crowd. He...more
On a Tuesday night in 1999, President Bill Clinton gave the third State of the Union address of his second term. Some chairs on the Republican side were deliberately left empty when GOP congressmen walked out before the president finished. The...more
In 2007, the House Judiciary Committee sat across from an empty chair reserved for former White House counsel Harriet Miers. Under President Bush's orders, Miers refused to attend the hearing, which was intended to investigate the dismissal of nine...more
When Twitter and Facebook executives faced Congress to defend their companies over election and public opinion interference, a seat was left empty. Google had declined the Senate Intelligence Committee's request, but later offered to send its chief...more
When Attorney General William Barr failed to show up for a committee hearing to testify about his handling of the Mueller report, Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler convened the hearing anyway, leaving Democratic representatives facing an empty...more
Just days before his official coronation, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the...
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