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'Eastwooding' meme sweeps across Twitter

Twitter users around the U.S. are posting pictures of empty chairs, spreading a growing meme now known as "Eastwooding."

Eastwooding is sweeping across Twitter.
Eastwooding is sweeping across Twitter.
Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

First there was "Tebowing," and now there is "Eastwooding."

Twitter users today are flocking to the social network to share pictures of empty chairs in the spirit of "Eastwooding." The name comes from famed actor and director Clint Eastwood, who last night at the Republican National Convention held an interview with an empty chair. In that chair, Eastwood claimed, was President Barack Obama.

A quick search across Twitter reveals dozens of updates every few seconds of people posting their "Eastwooding" pictures. In some cases, an empty chair is shown with folks pointing at them. In others, users are sharing pictures of politicians, like President Obama, sitting next to empty chairs.

Twitter has been a hotbed of political commentary for years. Folks on both sides of the aisle make political statements, share their opinions, and engage politicians. Now they're pointing at chairs.

#Eastwood images from Twitpic

Update at 9:50 a.m. PT: The Obama campaign responded via Twitter: