As part of yesterday’s showings at the Republican National Convention, famed actor and director Clint Eastwood startled and amused viewers by mock-debating an empty chair, meant to represent President Obama.
Many who saw the scene thought it to be strange and bizarre, let alone unconventional, for a forum that is usually meticulously directed. Delegates on the convention floor, however, loved it.
But it turns out that the history of debating empty chairs is a rich one, stretching back to at least 1924 when Democratic vice-presidential nominee Burton K. Wheeler took a stab at an invisible President Calvin Coolidge. - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.