February 20th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Fourteen-year-old speaker back at CPAC

(CNN) – Fourteen-year-old conservative author and pundit Jonathan Krohn fired up the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday morning.

The young conservative, who wowed the same conference last year, even got a jab in at President Obama:

"For the record, I am not using any teleprompters today because I loaned them to President Obama," he said to laughter.


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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. RN

    This is what the conservatives have to offer? A 14-year old boy?
    As long as he says what they want him to say – when they want him to say it – he will be promoted as the second coming.

    Ronald Reagan used teleprompters all the time – but if a democrat does anything – well, it must be wrong.

    They would follow a worm as long as it crawled on the right side of the road. Wait a minute – they have been following worms – but they were conservative worms.

    February 20, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    Probably smarter than Palin ... didn't need notes on his hand ... but a little short of life experiences – just another 'mouthpiece" – blindly repeating the old republican complaints and failed policies. This is the best they can do? Bet he doesn't sign up for military service when he's eligible?

    February 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Leo

    ..... Does anyone have any good jokes... the teleprompter one kinda old... and everyone use them... from news casters to GOP when they give there presidential response messages....

    February 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Chris

    I'm really getting sick and tired of the teleprompter attacks. Every President for the past few decades- both Republican and Democrat – has used teleprompters. Ronald Reagan used teleprompters! And before the advent of technology, all the Presidents would use notes when giving their speaches. The teleprompter just saves the time from having to keep glancing down at the papers. Lincoln and Washington used prepared speaches written on notes – the teleprompters of their day.

    But I know all these arguments are meaningless to the Right Wingers. Facts and Reason just slip from their minds like water off a duck's back. They start of with a conclusion of their own making then simply work backwards, fitting or disregarding the details as they go along.

    I'm still waiting for the Conservatives to attack Obama for having an *Oval* Office.

    February 20, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Just what the country needs, another mindless mouth running at full speed.

    February 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Danny

    Between Coulter's jokes and some of the other childish comments I've read about, fourteen seems to be about the average mental level of the speakers at this meeting. It's too bad none of them have anything constructive to offer America other than "Obama bad, tax cuts good".

    February 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Edwin

    Sad! Taking a swipe at someone old enough to be ur father...

    February 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Liz

    This is very sad to me...the 14 year old is learning hate-speak (and that is it okay to make fun and bully others) from us pathetic adults. This is not something to admire. Sad, sad, sad

    February 20, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Tammy

    Since when is a teleprompter a bad thing? Everyone uses them - it's like text or notes of a speech on paper, but you don't have to look down or shuffle papers. What a no-brainer. You might as well give up the computer and the cell phone.

    Of course, you can fit more info on paper or on a teleprompter than on your palm....

    February 20, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Concerned Citizen

    The CPAC conference was a comedy show with no substance. Grow up Republicans and really listen to what the people want. Come November all of you will be crying foul again if you continue the same politics.

    February 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Funny when the man wanted to speak with school children they cried indoctrination.But this isn't.They are such hipocritres

    February 20, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Gary

    His parents should be jailed for child abuse. Although he's probably the smartest one at CSmac.

    February 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Dale

    Start them out young but teach them well.

    February 20, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Susie

    Ha Ha Ha.. .what an original jab at the President. The Alex Keaton of CPAC is just what they need...a teenager telling them what to think. What next? Piper Palin? These people should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of doing all they can to help the country, they are doing EVERYTHING to bring us down. I think they are in for another rude awakening come November. Americans are far smarter than these con artists think we are...and if you continue to call for violence and hatred, America will turn away from you. You have no concrete ideas for bettering the nation. NONE.

    February 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. balls mcghee

    wow, the GOP has sunk to a new low. if they are looking to 14 year old for answers, it shows their intelligence level.

    this just goes to show that anybody with a microphone can be a leader of the republican party.

    February 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Andi

    And they are worried about a speech from President Obama 'indoctrinating' children? This is sad. Shame on CPAC, again. And shame on this boy's parents.

    February 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. harold

    Just an off the cuff sorta speech typical of a Republican.. sorta ad lib stuff...With age and materity you will get a different perspective ...young-un...By the way you should follow your leader Palin and look at your Palm once and awhile or whatever....basic stuff huh?..What you say Hairy Palms? Thought so.. But give you credit for fortitude you are trying anyway.. and you all do have your freedoms.. doncha?

    February 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Dean in PA

    What a little snot. Leave it to Republicans to exploit children to get their own political agendas met.

    February 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Wow, you Neo-Cons sure are raising the bar for yourselves. Making your uneducated followers having to hear a bunch of fancy-talk from a 14yr old! Someday the kid is going to look back and see what a mini-me Joe the Plumber he was used as.

    February 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Not impressed...

    Go play a video game dude. You have no credibilty in making insults certainly not regarding any POTUS until you've made a public address to the entire world.

    February 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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