This was posted by guest contributor Emma Thoni, a student at Fordham University in New York. Emma attended the AFP Defending the Dream Summit Saturday in New Jersey.

This past Saturday, October 13, the New Jersey chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation held the Defending the American Dream Summit in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. The event featured information sessions all morning on topics ranging from “Twitter 101” to “America’s Healthcare Future,” which proved not only informative, but empowering- speakers taught the audience the online research tools to uncover information on politicians, as well as how to become an effective citizen journalist. Later in the afternoon, speakers such as Jonah Goldberg, John Fund, Peter Schiff, James O’Keefe, and Michelle Malkin spoke at the Final Countdown Rally.

As a young Republican, I garnered more than a few bewildered looks from the other attendees, (who I think were actually alive when Reagan was in office!) and was even approached by a handful of people wondering if I was lost. Of course, I probably should have expected my presence to be shocking when the word ‘young’ has become completely synonymous with being‘liberal.’ I feel like I belong to the “I Exist!” support group from those Diet Dr. Pepper commercials.

The highlight of the day (and probably of my life) was meeting and speaking with Michelle Malkin, who not only agreed to give me a quote, but actually offered to sit down after her speech and answer some of my questions. (This may have had something to do with her enthusiasm for TheGatewayPundit, a name which she immediately spotted printed on my name tag.) Sitting mere inches away from the glorious Michelle Malkin was, I have to say, completely surreal, especially after listening to her deliver a speech that was at once witty, impassioned, incisive, and goofy, and which was interrupted throughout with bursts of applause from the enamored audience. Needless to say, I was a little starstruck to be interviewing this brilliant woman- and at the tender age of eighteen no less! I was struck by how warm and truly gracious she was in person, and especially by the kindness which she showed in offering to me her invaluable time. I will forever be grateful to the fabulous Michelle Malkin!

What a terrific interview with a true American patriot.



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  1. I like Michelle but dont get how she can give this “on cam” interview but not appear “on cam” on Glenn Becks tv show?

  2. God Bless you Michelle and your dedication to America. I wish YOU would run for President in the future to continue to uphold the prosperity that Mitt will deliver !

  3. Michelle Malkin is a gift from God to all of us. She is dilligent, insightfull, enlightening, assertive, and professional. I pray that her efforts are not in vain and there is a payoff in her life someday.

  4. God bless Michelle Malkin…….I love her!

    Vice President Jerk: The return of Smirky Malarkey McSmirk: ~via mm,

  5. OT but related: Megyn Kelly just said Obama plans to roll out a “new” a new character attack on Romney at Tuesday’s debate, and my question is: WHAT’S LEFT? Team Obama has called him a tax cheat, a liar, an outsourcer, a felon, a capitalist vulture, a murderer, a racist, a flip-flopper, and a Nazi.

    Seriously, what’s left?

  6. Thank you the GOOD Michelle ( as opposed to the other one) for taking the time to speak with and encourage a young woman who has made up her own mind despite the “teachings” of her procesors. To Emma, I apologize for those of my generation ( yes I was alive when Reagan was president and govenor) who dismiss you and your youth for lack of understanding. You are not alone. When I returned to school a few years back I was amazed at the number of bright ,articulate young adults who were doing the right thing, working hard and keeping their focus on their future. Don’t let yourself get discouraged and thank you Michelle for continuing to shine sunlight into those places it is needed.

  7. Congratulations to Emma. What a great interview! Love Michelle, her analyses and the way she expresses them. Take away from this interview: “Joe Biden showed alot of teeth, and lied right through them.”

    Wish we’d pointed out more of his lies over the past few days, cuz he got away with alot.

  8. wait…..seriously? Michelle is 18? are you sure that’s not a typo?

  9. Michelle Malkin was born in 1970. She’s 42 years old.

  10. The INTERVIEWER is 18.

    But Michelle doesn’t look 42 either! She is WONDERFUL.

  11. Jim, you are lucky. She’s bright and beautiful and can pounce like a tiger. She sent me a very gracious note once.

  12. I wish that you could of put this, and the whole weekend on C-SPAN or televise it somehow. I really wanted to catch the speakers, and Michelle Malkin, and the whole gist of the conference. Do appreciate the update here though and the investigative work of Michelle Malkin. Good job.

  13. This woman looks and sounds like she escaped from the nearest mental hospital. I can’t wait until Obama wins to see her wonky face. hahaha

  14. Mitt Romney and Maulkin make a great pair. Maybe they can get married and make some chinese-made etch a sketches.

  15. She is only ugly beatch.

  16. ++

    Crony Capitalism: definition

    January 20, 2012

    Crony Capitalism: video/transcript

    [The largest banks are actually bigger than they were when he took
    office. And earned more in the first two-and-a-half years of his term
    than they did during the entire eight years of the Bush administration.]

    The Enrich US Party.. /s/ (#54)

    [Democrats beat the market by 73 basis points per month, compared
    to 18 for Republicans. That’s a rout anyway you look at it. Senators
    fare even better than house members.]

    ‘ a tyranny of the elite’ (#32)


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