As the new right came to Washington and took the reins of power in the House, we were with them. We followed two new Republican House members and a freshman senator, all swept to power by the Tea Party.
This week, we -- will President Obama's opposition -- that's what they'll be -- and we talked to them about the changes they're looking for and the unexpected shift in tone they've encountered since they arrived.
AMANPOUR (voice-over): As President Obama arrived in Schenectady, New York, this week for a speech at a General Electric planet, coming down the steps of Air Force One behind him was the new Republican congressman from nearby Kinderhook, Chris Gibson. Just over two weeks in office...
OBAMA: Chris Gibson...
AMANPOUR: ... and Gibson, a former Army colonel, was getting a shoutout from the commander-in-chief.
GIBSON: As we go forward, I'm looking for more from the president that he listens to the will of the American people.
AMANPOUR: That will swept Gibson and a sizable band of what you could call citizen legislators into office last November, men and women with little or no political experience, dentists, ranchers, even a reality TV star and a restaurateur, all intent on shaking up politics as usual.
SCHILLING: You can just call my Bobby Schilling. That's -- I'm the pizza guy.
AMANPOUR: The president now must work with a Congress of freshman members, like Bobby Schilling, the new representative from Rock Island, Illinois. A Tea Party candidate and a father of 10, Schilling beat out a Democratic incumbent, winning over voters who shared his frustration with Washington.
SCHILLING: Washington has lost complete touch with us, the little guy. Bobby Schilling, running for Congress. AMANPOUR: One of his primary targets: the president's health care bill.
(on-screen): The health reform bill?
SCHILLING: Yeah, the health care takeover, the job-crushing health care...
AMANPOUR: But you call it the job-crushing health care takeover.
SCHILLING: The job-crushing health care takeover.
AMANPOUR (voice-over): On the Senate side, the president now faces competition from the likes of the gentleman wielding a bowling ball.
LEE: You're cramping my lateral (ph).
AMANPOUR: He's the new junior senator from Utah, Mike Lee.
LEE: That's how it's done.
AMANPOUR: The Tea Party upstart who fired the shot heard around the Republican establishment when he bowled over the GOP incumbent in the primaries last June.
(on-screen): Tea Partiers have been described as revolutionaries, as rabble-rousers, as those who have come to upturn and upend the current system. Is that what you've come to do?
LEE: I don't think it should be thought of as particularly revolutionary for an American to say, let's require our Congress to balance its budget. If that's revolutionary, then call me that.
AMANPOUR (voice-over): When Lee, Schilling and Gibson arrived in Washington to take office at the start of the month, they had momentum.
SCHILLING: We're here to get this thing back on track.
AMANPOUR: Even though they were still learning about the other side of the aisle...
SCHILLING: What's really amazing is the fact at just how normal the people you see, you know, like even Nancy Pelosi, just -- you know, just a regular person when you see...
AMANPOUR (on-screen): What did you think, she was the devil with horns?