SLIDESHOW: Kids Say The Darndest Things At Anti-Tax Tea Parties

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • HuffPost Citizen Journalist Bess Kalb

Written by Bess Kalb, a senior at Brown University, who attended the Providence, RI Tea Party as a HuffPost citizen journalist. She interviewed a surprising number of slogan-wielding youth along with a couple of adults. Eight interviews and their corresponding photographs are below:

1. Aviva, 11 and Isabelle, 8

Q: What brings you out here today?
Aviva: The big stimulus.

Q: How do you feel about the stimulus?
Aviva: It's not making me happy.
Isabelle: Obama is not making me happy.

2. George MaCauley

Q: Does that sign reflect your mood today?
A: I'm mad as hell, and I'm not about to take it anymore.

3. Emily, 8 and Samuel, 10

Q: Why are you here?
Mother: To oppose Obama's trillion dollar budget. To cut the pork.
Samuel: For the pork.
Q: How do you feel about pork spending?
Samuel: I like pork.
Mother: No you don't. We don't like excess spending.
Samuel: I do. I like pork.

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4. Kaitlin, 9, Kyla, 5 and Jon

Q: Why are you here today?
Kyla: I don't know.
Jon: You did in the car.
Kaitlin: To lower taxes.
Jon: It's going to be them that bears the brunt of this.
Kaitlin: In the future.

5. Evan, 8, Marina, 9 and Vera, 4

Q: Is that Barney Frank?
Evan: No.
Marina: Yes.

Q: How do you guys feel about the job he's doing?
Marina: Bad.
Evan: I don't know.
Mother: If it were up to Barney Frank, Evan, you'll start your life in debt.
Evan: That's why we're protesting.
Marina: And term limits.

6. Dan Forbes, "No Relation" (Brown '97)

Q: You don't fit in here.
Dan: I'm a financial planner.

Q: Do you protest much?
Dan: Never. I've never gone protesting before.

Q: Why today?
Dan: I came to observe.

Q: You left the office at 3 in the afternoon.
Dan: I have a lot in common with these guys. We want the same thing, basically.

Q: What's that?
Dan: We want to better our financial situation. We've all got kids to send to school.

7. Victoria, "10th-grader"
"How Do You Like the Change So Far?"

Q: What kind of change would you like to see?
Victoria: I like change in general.

Q: What's wrong with change so far?
Victoria: I didn't make this sign. My friend did.

Q: Why are you holding it?
Victoria: The blue, see? (holds it to her shirt)

Q: Oh. It's the same color.
Victoria: I'm gonna go protest now.

8. Anne, 7 and Alexander, 9

Q: Your parents seem to be British.
Alexander: They're from England.

Q: This protest is modeled on the Boston Tea Party, when Americans ransacked British ships carrying tea.
Alexander: I don't think so.
Father: It's true. But we're over it.
Anne: I'm American but they're not.