'Empty Chair Day' sends a message - FOX 13 News

Residents stand up for 'Empty Chair Day'

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It started on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week: Clint Eastwood's now-famous speech at the Republican National Convention where he addressed an empty chair as if President Obama was sitting in it.

Hours after the speech, "Eastwooding" was born -- people taking pictures of themselves talking to empty chairs and putting those pictures online.

Now the speech has its own day. Conservatives across the country deemed Monday "Empty Chair Day" and Debbie Armstrong of Tampa is on board.

"I feel like Washington is not listening to the people," said Armstrong.

So she grabbed an empty chair, made a sign and placed it in her front yard.

"The spending has gotten out of control and that the economy is the main issue on everybody's mind," said Armstrong.

Neighbors say they don't have a problem with the sign; in fact, many say they get a kick out of it.

"If you can let your opinion known and kinda get your message out there what your feelings are, I don't have a problem with it. I mean, we thought it was funny," said neighbor Dan Glover.

Some thought Eastwood's speech was rambling, even embarrassing, for the Hollywood legend.

Armstrong say she certainly doesn't see it that way and is glad the concept of the empty chair is taking off.

"I am in full support of this idea and hope it takes off even more from here," said Armstrong.

So will Armstrong motivate more people to place an empty chair out in her neighborhood?

Time will tell, but one neighbor says he has an empty chair of his own and knows what he'll do with it.

"The empty chair is out on the back patio and I'm going to go fill it right now, next to my pool, so it won't be empty for long," added Glover.

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