Let's be honest, some of us were busy with other stuff, like re-watching "Gilmore Girls," and maaaaybe we didn't tune in right when we should have.No worries. That's what "The Daily Show" is for.
The majority response was given by Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.
She's famous for her recent campaign ads that told us all about how she grew up castrating hogs. Her response, as Jon Stewart notes, was not so much a response to the State of the Union as "an application essay to Nostalgia University." She described growing up so poor that she had to wear bread bags on the outside of her good shoes on rainy days.
(Incidentally, all the kids in my school wore them on the insides of their boots. You slip all over the place if they're on the outside.)
So ... that was interesting, if irrelevant. Her job was to humanize the Republican Party, which is an odd goal for a State of the Union response.
Sen. Ernst is not only a Republican, she's also a Tea Party favorite, so surely her response would count for the Tea Party, too, right?
Rep. Curt Clawson, from Florida, was the official Tea Party respondent.
He named many of the people he played basketball with, back in the day, which again doesn't seem germane to the president's speech, which featured a call for equal pay for women and rearranging the tax code, among other actual points.
But we're done, right? A response, a follow-up response, let's go to bed.
Rand Paul took to YouTube to decry the liberal elites trying to "impose their will upon us." Jon has to point out that Paul is pretty elite, as the son of a 12-term representative.
Annnnnd that's all, folks.
Wait. There's ONE MORE ARE YOU KIDDING?
Yep, Sen. Ted Cruz decided to give his own response. Which he got 3 seconds into, and then said...