East Texas man honors Clint Eastwood in unique way

Published: Oct. 27, 2015 at 9:51 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2015 at 10:17 PM CDT
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

DOUGLASS, TX (KTRE) - One big chair is causing drivers to take a double look in Douglass. Inspired by Clint Eastwood's comments at the 2012 Republican National Convention, an East Texas man offers his take on the "empty chair."

"You mentioned something about a target base or bringing everybody home," said Clint Eastwood during 2012 Republican National Convention.

It was this scene and those words that sparked quite the controversy back in 2012. Clint Eastwood made the empty chair a political prop during a Republican National Convention speech when he scolded what he described as an "invisible President Obama."

It was the speech heard around the nation and words that stuck with one man in Douglass.

"People do own this country, and he said it in a way that really made a lot of sense to me, and I wanted to perpetuate that," said John-L Johnson, who built his own big chair in his front yard.

It's a big chair, right off FM 225 in Douglass, and along with it comes a big message.

"I really, really believe in my heart that we have a lot of empty chairs in Washington D.C., and we need to fill those empty chairs with somebody who really, really can make a difference," Johnson said.

And while passersby may not catch the message right one thing is sure to catch their eye, the chair.

"It's the first time we've seen something this and certainly the first time in the United States," said Hansjorg Schaffler, who stopped by to see the big chair.

It was a rare and unexpected sight for the two in town on business, all the way from Switzerland.

"There's something very special being that high up. It's unusual for her to be up higher than me," Schaffler said.

It's the second of two big chairs, and three years later, it's a message Johnson continues to keep alive.

"For the rest of the time I have, I want that statement to be made for anybody that happens to drive my place of abode because you have to start somewhere and that's as good a place as any," Johnson said.

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