Jonathan Krohn: Three years later, a Barack Obama fan

In 2009, there was no hotter commodity than 13-year-old wunderkind Jonathan Krohn at the annual CPAC meeting in Washington D.C. Check out the video if you need a reminder:

The surprisingly eloquent Duluth, Ga., home-schooler penned a book endorsed by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett, and was generally feted as GOP presidential fodder, albeit not until 2032. But at 17, the world seems much different to a college-bound Krohn. No so Republican.


Gay marriage? In favor. Obamacare? “It’s a good idea.” Who would he vote for (if he could) in November? “Probably Barack Obama.” His favorite TV shows? “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” His favorite magazine? The New Yorker. And, perhaps telling of all, Krohn is enrolling this fall at a college not exactly known for its conservatism: New York University.

“One of the first things that changed was that I stopped being a social conservative,” said Krohn. “It just didn’t seem right to me anymore. From there, it branched into other issues, everything from health care to economic issues.… I think I’ve changed a lot, and it’s not because I’ve become a liberal from being a conservative — it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue.”

How to explain what he said ‘way back in 2009?

“Come on, I was thirteen,” he said. “I was thirteen.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

Billy Jimmy Joe Bob

July 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

And now, as was the case three years ago, nobody should pay any attention to what he has to say about anything.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

When this child grows up and begins to pay taxes, THEN he should get an opinion. Until then, he should shut up.

Sophie's Choice

July 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

LOL! I love how, all of a sudden, conservatives have gone from declaring this child the next right-wing savant (”from the mouths of babes”, etc., etc.) to saying he shouldn’t have an opinion till he grows up & starts paying taxes. Now, waiting for the left to pull the same vice-versa. Like he said, he was THIRTEEN, and was more than likely parroting his parents’ beliefs. He’s growing up, finding his own voice based on having had more experiences, so this is where he finds himself right now. He’ll probably have different opinions 3 more years from now, when he’s about to graduate from college. Adulthood happens, people– get over it.


July 2nd, 2012
1:33 pm

Proof, that an intelligent youngster can LEARN about issues and overcome even HOME SCHOOL programming!


July 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

I guess the Texas Republican Party needs to regulate home schooling to prevent such deviant thinking much the same as they want to outlaw any teaching of critical thinking skills as such skills undo ideology!

Just Nasty & Mean

July 2nd, 2012
1:51 pm

It’s clear from his inconsistency, this kid is immature and a head full of mush.

Let’s let him marinate for a while in a Socialist state, and maybe he will be old enough and able to comprehend his parents when they tell him what it was like to be free.

Jim S.

July 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

I’m just glad the kid is thinking about the issues and wish him the best in his studies.


July 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

I wager that this kid comes from a dysfunctional family in values and political intelligence.


July 2nd, 2012
1:59 pm

LOL! He agrees with you, let him speak, he disagrees, he’s not allowed to have an opinion.


July 2nd, 2012
2:17 pm

Hahahaha….awesome. Once you grow up and THiNK about the issues, conservatism sounds pretty dumb!

Billy Jimmy Joe Bob

July 2nd, 2012
2:28 pm

There is a difference between saying he shouldn’t be allowed to speak out and advising against listening to what he has to say. I would argue that he did not then, nor does he now, have anything insightful to say.

“I was 13, and now I think differently about things.” Good for you. So? Aren’t you supposed to maybe think differently about things as you grow older?



July 2nd, 2012
2:38 pm

Billy Jimmy Whatever,

It is good to see the conserrrrrrrrrrrvative fog lifting from this young man’s brain isn’t it?

Intelligence 1
Programming 0


July 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm


July 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Isn’t it incredible that a 13 year old wrote a book and that he is capable of speaking in front of an audience? Isn’t awesome that at 17 he can still express himself and his views? Home school/private school/public school….doesn’t really matter. We all change as we grow. It the beauty of being human. I certainly don’t have the same ideas that I did when I was 13, 17, 19 or even 30. Best wishes to Jonathan Krohn. I think that he is amazing!

D Davis

July 2nd, 2012
4:09 pm

Actually if you watch the video, you can’t help but feel sorry for this young man. He was very eloquent and very convincing at 13 but ultimately he was just play acting when he spoke about the importance of acting on principle and individual responsibility. No doubt he was good at it and therefore he may just be play acting now. Hard to know but ultimately I feel sorry for him. He’s clearly confused and trying to work some things out. Hopefully in the future he will regain the spark he had at 13 and once again embrace the principle that personal achievement and personal responsibility are more important than placing one’s faith in benevolent Great or Dear Leaders – best to leave that political choice to North Koreans, Cubans and liberal Democrats.

Auntie Christ

July 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

Johnathon said: “The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue.”

Then d davis responds with this ideological mantra: “embrace the principle that personal achievement and personal responsibility are more important than placing one’s faith in benevolent Great or Dear Leaders….”

I guess the personal achievements of liberal dems like Obama, both the Clintons, Biden, John Lewis, and 1000’s of others were not due to their sense of responsibility, they were due to…what exactly, if not a sense of responsibility and achievement. Do tell us oh wise d davis.

Norm McDonald

July 2nd, 2012
5:08 pm

Who the f**k cares what this little shi* thinks? This is news?

And sure, if you don’t have a job, a mortgage or anything else to worry about – sure you are a Democrat!

Just wait until he gets a job and realizes that the “gubment” takes over half of what he makes. He will realize what the heck is happening…


July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

And now he’s 17, 17. Give him another ten years, he’ll get out into the work force, see what the world is really about and there’s no doubt where he’ll end up. Most adults are fiscal conservatives, even those who have been bullied or brain washed into voting for Democrats. In 2008 some woman from a Latino group in Florida dropped this jewel: “Hispanics think conservative, but they vote Democrat.” – how intelligent of them…


July 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

Since you know everything, Mr. Know-it-all, how do you know he didn’t pay taxes on the money he made from his book? Do you imagine that children who make money are somehow exempt from taxation?


July 2nd, 2012
6:43 pm

Welcome to your new age, son.


July 2nd, 2012
6:46 pm

Auntie Christ

July 2nd, 2012
6:46 pm

monica says: “Hispanics think conservative, but they vote Democrat.” – how intelligent of them…

Right you are, most Hispanics are catholic, ergo cultural conservatives, who aren’t keen on homosexual marriage, abortion, and gender equality. However, they recognize a party dominated by white male bigots when they see it, and realize if they expect social justice, they best vote dem.


July 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

So, you were blaming your opinions on being 13? Let me tell you something you might want to think about. Now that you are 17 you still don’t know that much. Don’t feel bad – most don’t although they think they know everything.


July 2nd, 2012
11:11 pm

This kid is great. He was tooo smart to stay a social conservative…

Gary Phillips

July 3rd, 2012
12:43 am

Maybe he had progressive views when he was 14 too and was also smart enough to know that writing a book that stroked the egos of bigoted morons was a good way to make money. That’s how Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity became multi-millionaires. By pandering to hateful stupidity. Pretty shrewd kid.


July 3rd, 2012
2:03 am

The last words said by a every conservative before declaring they are no longer conservative:
” …and then I thought about it,”


July 3rd, 2012
2:08 am

You are completely ignorant to real life issues…pay some taxes…and thanks for costing MSNBC their ratings. Even my liberal friends turn the channel after only a few words from you. Keep flip-flopping, just like Obummer, and reap it.


July 3rd, 2012
2:16 am

Iys nice to see that this kid pays attention and weighs out facts. He didnt say he dislikes all conservative ideas nor liberal but can teach a lot of you negative people some life lessons. Its not about defending some political party at all cost but rather siding on the side of the logic of the times and what makes sense. Its downright absurd to not have an open mind and be flexible and to be pinned solid into one ideology and is the major dilema with todays society and wexactly why we are having a problem progressing as a nation. I feel confident that when people learn how to start seperating facts from rhetoric then our country will get great again. Im holding back on the major bottleneck in our country at the moment and will let the readers figure it out and hope people do. I give this kid credit for evolving and having an open mind and not wanting to be stereotyped like many many people are today at the great detrement to this country regardless of where it takes us and the consequences we will pay for pure ignorance. How many of you can get beyond your impediments is the question? Dont knock this kid for his opinion because conservatives are suppose to hold that right near and dear to thir values. What a screwed up society the nut jobs have made of this country. I pity the “FOOLS” who stew in their own gravy.


July 3rd, 2012
2:27 am

I also think this kid figured out that elected “so called conservatives” were making jack asses out of their base voters when he opened his eyes. They are not conservatives, they just want their base to give everything up to Big Private business because they GOP conservatives are vested heavily in them. Thats the joke and its on conservative base who fall for this. Liberals are known for checking facts and wont be punked out like that. Its almost cruel that the GOP exploit their base in such ways for personal gain and use their base to enrich their special intrest while not even catching on. It reminds me of the traveling evangelists who say dont sin but get a prostitute every night or snort some drugs…man, i thought people were smarter than that. Maybe i should concokt some elixer and buy a donkey and a wagon and head south to become rich? lol..


July 3rd, 2012
7:43 am

Forget about conservative and liberal. If a person does the right thing and stays true to himself or herself and to the Higher Power (God) there is only one way to be. If we stray from that way, we will change our opinion every other minute like this kid did.


July 3rd, 2012
11:22 am

Yes, and now he’s seventeen. **Seventeen.** He didn’t know jack back then, and he doesn’t know jack now. All the people applauding or disparaging his change of heart need to get a clue. Seriously.

BJ Van Gundy

July 3rd, 2012
1:08 pm

Didn’t care what he had to say back then… don’t care now.

I joke all the time that I don’t care what someone thinks or says until they reach the age of 25… this just supports that.

“it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, ” he says. LOL. And STILL too complex for a 17 year old mind…. or at least for me to care what his 17 year old mind thinks about them. So this kid, with no real life experience, “thought about it more” and anyone would then say that this incredible 4 years of thinking (or 4 minutes) suddenly makes his opinions count now?

Seriously. You liberals who are hanging your hat on his brilliance at 17 are no better than the conservatives that were dreaming of his future presidency at 13.

How about we all just ignore him for another 10 years.

I know everyone says “Our young people are our future” and other such self evident and sill mantras. I don’t disagree… Of course they are. But that doesn’t mean that we have to listen to their poorly formed thoughts and inexperienced ideas for running things!

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