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That House Speaker Paul Ryan was never going to be the biggest fan of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. But to put out a statement midway through the president's speech is something else altogether. Ryan's pessimism about the address began on Monday, when in an interview to radio station WTMJ, he said, "I think there will be a lot of straw men. I think there will be a lot of demagoguery on guns and things like that. And then I think you’ll see a lot of lofty rhetoric. I would say revisionist history and lofty rhetoric... And I think he sees himself in that pantheon with progressives, and he's trying to say how great it is."

And then 30 minutes into the State of the Union address, Ryan's office released a statement that Obama's speech "isn't going so well". He claimed "lofty platitudes and nostalgic rhetoric may make for nice soundbites, but they don't explain how to" solve problems, such as defeating the Islamic State terrorist group, fixing social safety net programs or getting the economy back on track.

A clearly unimpressed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan watches as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. IBNLive

A clearly unimpressed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan watches as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. IBNLive

Here's his full statement published on the Speaker of the House's official website:

We’re about 30 minutes into President Obama’s final State of the Union address and it isn’t going so well. Lofty platitudes and nostalgic rhetoric may make for nice soundbites, but they don’t explain how to defeat the Islamic State, fix our critical safety net programs, and get our economy back on track. This isn’t a real path forward to restore a confident America. We can do so much better.

By listening and bringing people together, here are just some of the things we’ve accomplished over the last two months:

We boosted funding for our military to ensure our troops are well-equipped to accomplish their mission.

We passed a bill requiring the president to put forward a real, comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS.

We replaced No Child Left Behind with an educational system that gives power back to the states.

We made a down payment on tax reform by making permanent key tax breaks to foster certainty for hardworking families and business.

We overhauled our customs laws for the first time in a generation so that American businesses can compete globally on a level playing field.

We lifted the outdated, 40-year ban on crude oil exports, which will create an estimated 1 million American jobs and add $170 billion annually to our GDP.

And we're only getting started. Already in 2016, we’ve put a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare, showing that there’s a clear path to do this without 60 votes in the Senate. Tomorrow, we’ll send a bill to the president’s desk that rejects one of his most harmful regulations, the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule.

This is just the beginning of a year in which we’ll present a bold, pro-growth agenda to address the big challenges the country is facing. Because, frankly, the American people deserve much better than what we’ve heard so far tonight.

For a positive vision of America’s future, be sure to tune in to Nikki Haley following the President’s address at www.sotu.gop.gov.

Paul Ryan also took to Twitter to make his point against Obama's final State of the Address.

With inputs from AP

First Published On : Jan 13, 2016 08:51 IST

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