On Sunday, President Obama announced that he would be leaving a seat open at his State of the Union Address for the victims of gun violence. This morning, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) announced that he, too, would leave one of his guest seats empty, to protest abortion. “I have reserved it to commemorate the lives of more than 55 million aborted babies, the chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world,” he said, adding that he would not attend the address himself. In light of these changes, the updated guest list is as follows:
Ted Cruz will not be attending the State of the Union Address either, in order to remain on the campaign trail, but he announced via Twitter that “If I’m elected POTUS, there’ll be an empty seat for the over 50 million unborn children killed since Roe.” He added that if he is elected president, the moon will turn red, monkeys will fly out of jars of peanut butter, and the State of the Union Address will be attended by a big thirsty dog that talks by belching bubbles and popping them with his tail.
Rand Paul will leave a seat for the unlaid college sophomores who support his campaign for president.
Bernie Sanders will leave a seat open for the prophet Elijah. Just kidding! It’s for when he falls asleep.
Marco Rubio will leave a seat open for the lovers who never kissed because they sent text messages to the wrong numbers, the bakers whose delicious cakes were never eaten because birthday parties got canceled, and the polished, articulate candidates for president whose careers were derailed by circumstances no one could foresee or, frankly, believe. There is a 29% chance he will miss the State of the Union Address.
Hillary Clinton will leave a seat open for you, the voter.
Jeb Bush will leave a seat open for the unpaid defense contractors who will not get to re-invade Iraq. He will not be attending the State of the Union Address. He will be at the library, using the internet.
Joe Biden will leave a seat open in case the waitress at Applebee’s is hot.
Donald Trump will sell his seats and watch the State of the Union Address from the Delta Sky Priority lounge, where he will explain how much money he made to anyone who accidentally sits next to him.
Paul Ryan will leave a seat open in November, when the tea party turns on him for failing to balance the budget/spray the president with a hose.
President Obama will still be leaving a seat open at the State of the Union Address to commemorate the victims of gun violence. He will also leave seats for chefs who are now embarrassed to wear Crocs, fans of Vampire Weekend before they got popular, and “presidents whose ideas for protests were ripped off by pie-faced hicks.” He will still be attending the State of the Union Address.