Meet Amy Myers, the teen who challenged Michele Bachmann to a debate

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Michele Bachmann, meet your challenger
Since we wrote about the high school sophomore who is challenging Michele Bachmann to a debate, news of the youngster's gutsy move has been burning up the internet.

It seems the idea of the factually-challenged congresswoman getting publicly schooled in civics and U.S. history by a child gratifies a deep, unspoken national yearning.

But just who is Bachmann's challenger? City Pages talked to her after school last week to find out.

Amy Myers is a 16-year-old sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, where she writes for the school newspaper. She loves All the President's Men, and credits it with deepening her interest in politics.

Her frustration with Bachmann boiled over when the Representative claimed the battles of Lexington and Concord took place in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts.

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Amy Myers
"When she said that, we were just learning about that moment in my AP History class," Myers says. "She was just wrong. They're totally different regions."

Myers says she has nothing personal against Bachmann -- she just thinks her ceaseless stream of gaffes and inaccurate statements are an embarrassment to all women with political ambitions.

"It took until the 19th amendment for women to be able to vote, and now it seems like the most famous women in politics are kind of jokes," Myers says.

"You've got Christine O'Donnell, who's best known for her reputation as being a witch, then Sarah Palin, and the controversy with her and the shooting in Arizona, and then you've got Bachmann."

Bachmann may not realize it, Myers says, but her reputation as a truth-mangler makes it harder for young women to be taken seriously in politics.

"It seems like at school there's always a separation between what people think men can do and what women can do," Myers says. "If a girl says she wants to go into politics, people say 'Oh yeah, like Michele Bachmann?'"

That's why Myers wants a public debate and history quiz.

"I want to show that women still have independent thoughts," she says. "I want people to understand that any person can be strong."



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Hank Jackson
Hank Jackson

Bachmann is an example of a true joke!! She can't tell the difference between the real truth and fiction. If she wants to become President of the United States, she has got be A LOT SMARTER than who she is. Palin is no exception. She is a real example of a donkey.

anonymous
anonymous

I know her. She told me that her Dad wrote that Speech. Not her.

A3687778
A3687778

Lets see, Dr Paul wants to stop borrowing money from china to fund the unsustainable wars, stop policing the world on our dime (thus stopping extremism), give us a strong dollar (keeping us from defaulting through inflation), letting people keep there hard earned money to invest how they want for retirement.  Letting local government handle education (we all know big government control is better LOL), He wants to stay out of peoples business of sex, religion, habits (Don't we need Government to tell us what is right for us).he also wants to stop the FED and walstreet from controlling our economy by artificially controlling interest rates (thus making a good idea to save some money).Also he wants to balance the federal budget.  Oh yeah, he also would allow the free market to work.  And this ”crazy" guy has 30 years of voting record to prove it.

A3687778
A3687778

Good Job Amy,   You follow your dreams and don't let anyone stand in your way.  There will be retarted people along the way, just keep you eyes on the goal and enjoy the trip.

Michael Corrieri
Michael Corrieri

The letter was written by a man. Otherwise, Amy would have said, “As one of a handful of women in congress… …you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent OUR gender nationally”.

But rather than using the inclusive OUR, identifying herself, the writer, as being female, she said “your gender”, which plainly identifes the writer as a male. Any trained professional would point to this letter being penned by a man. It's perfectly legal to have your dad pen a letter in your name, as a kid, either with or without your assent. Is it ethical? You can decide that for yourself.

As for Michelle Bachman, ninny or not (and I say she is more ninny than not), she certainly won't be debating anybody who is not currently running for the same office. That's Politics 101, and even a "dumb as a doorstop" republican knows that.

Carry on.

Rebubs AND Dems are wrong
Rebubs AND Dems are wrong

"new hampshire and massachusetts are like totally in different regions"  hahaha... I'd love to see this debate actually.  Michele Bachman is a complete retard... but so is this dumb teenager that thinks she's mr. smarty pants.  Ummm actually dumb teenager, new hamp. and Mass. are in the same region... they're different states moron.  I'd seriously pay to watch this debate.  

Gary F
Gary F

Amy, as a teacher (albeit an AP Bio/science teacher), I am ridiculously proud of you for having the guts to say what you have said on natinal television. Your AP teacher has to be one incredibly lucky person to have had you as a student. I have 2 regrets. First, that you won't get me for AP Bio, and second, Michele Bachmann will not have the intestinal fortitude to take you on (without a minimumn of a month's review to prepare!!LOL)

Slick
Slick

Most of these replys are written just like an uneducated lib. Of course, what other kind are there?

Brooke
Brooke

Amy, model yourself after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  She is smart and works hard for her constituents.

firedup49
firedup49

 My answer to you Walter....

What a waste of time reading all this garbage.  If you read it all the father says the school gets threats, but the school says they have not received any threats but will contact police if they do. 

 Also what  political lefty smear campaign.  

the last sentence on this article....... "So far, however, Team Bachmann has not given any indication the Congresswoman is up to the challenge"

does that sound like worried parents??.

Have noticed how professional the letter this little girl wrote...   for a 10th grader??

I find this a whole lot of nothing

Walter
Walter

I think most of us have missed a most important part of Amy's story. After the news broke, she started getting threats. Real threats to her life and safety. I suggest these crude and violent reactionaries are motivated by fear! Fear not of Amy or even what a reasonable debate would show, but fear that their beliefs and "way of life" might not withstand too much fact based examination. It's the same sort of psychology that drove the lynch mobs and the bullies to attack. Amy, just by being intelligent and reasonable is a threat to their prejudices. Violent reactionaries are dangerous - especially if not taken seriously and exposed to the public light of day.

PorkChopFan
PorkChopFan

To Amy Meyers (the topic of this article): I would like to say you are a brave individual and I think you are proving how strong this country is and we should all thank you for your involvement in the world of politics.

To Michelle Bachmann: Hopefully you use this debate offer as an opportunity to polish up on your history, or at the very least not state as fact something you are unsure of. Somewhere there is a quote from someone famous about "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

I am sure Mrs. Bachmann will use the coming months to correct some of her earlier verbal indiscretions. If not, she will not make it too far in the political arena.With that said Bachmann is not the first nor will she be the last politician to publically spew incorrect facts. And this problem is equally shared by Republican, Democratic and Independent (etc.) politicians, both past and present.

I am sure Amy Meyers could probably out debate almost everyone who has commented before me on the topic of the US Constitution or American History (including me). Just as I am sure that Michelle Bachman could out debate Amy Meyers on IRS law. I could also probably out debate both Amy Meyers and Michelle Bachmann on the history of American League baseball. It is all what you are familiar with. Yes, I know that Amy and I do not currently hold nor are seeking an elected office as Michelle Bachmann does or is seeking to do. So yes, Michelle Bachmann should be held to a higher standard. If that is your argument than I agree with you and she needs to correct her facts. And stating the facts – including American history is very important.

I guess the point of my post was just an objective look at both sides of this argument, sans name calling against either individual. One of the funnier (ironic) posts is from Ashley Michel in this comment section above: “Liberals don't need to have their intelligence challenged. We win every political debate on intelligence alone”. Ashley, I’ll let you decide if you still believe that based on the number of name calling replies by the people in this article. Personally, I think too many fools have opened their mouths.

John
John

Maybe while she's at it, she can challenge Obama to a geography debate.  57 states?  Remember that?

JohnJayJones
JohnJayJones

I don't know what is the greater national embarrassment - Michele Bachmann or the sad lot of  malignant souls that feel the need to attack a young girl because she reminds them of how bitter, irrelevant and silly they have become. Evangelicals like to talk a lot about speaking life and speaking death. People like Amy Meyers speak life. Bachmann and her supporters are the voice of the spiritually dead.

Jill Riter
Jill Riter

smart girl that Amy, and quite the history buff!  but, having the knowledge/qualifications to, let's say, become a history teacher or professor &/or perhaps win a debate on history trivia dot and tittle misses the boat on what the President of the United States is... and needs to be.

she might suggest a challenge to the current President if 24/7 perfect history recall is a necessary ingredient to the Commander and Chief!nice and articulate letter... however, and again, a knowledge of history (and it's perfect representation) has little to do with leading a nation.  that requires oh so much more.  and Michelle has got it.  Palin does, too.  Bush had it.  Lincoln did.  Reagan did.  fact checking is all that is required.  give the speech writer a cup of joe and a faster laptop.  problem solved.give Amy a scholarship to the college of her choice to become a history scholar.  let's not waste Ms. Bachmann's time.  it is of the essence!  again, and let's remember, politicians don't do their own fact-checking, usually... it's not a big deal.  Amy is obviously an intelligent girl.  but, in this, she has missed the boat entirely.

I find Ms. Bachmann to be extremely intelligent, sharp, and powerful!  

Laur
Laur

I'm proud of this young woman & believe that she has a great future! Also am proud that she's a Jersey Girl. Way to represent!

ArnoldSchwertman
ArnoldSchwertman

Sweet heart of you ran for president I'd vote for you over bachmann your right where a Joke a bad joke

Chili Dawg
Chili Dawg

The Scum Bags that write negatives about Michelle Bachman are: On Welfare (includes all government employees except tax collectors that collect more than they get paid),Dope Smokers , Dope Sellers, Sexually Irresponsible, Sexually Deviant, Financially Irresponsible, God Haters, Tree Huggers, PETA, Back Door Sex Addicts, ....that pretty much describes the Democratic Party.

Timmah
Timmah

 What about the challengers for Obama when he said there were 57 states? Or Biden when he misspelled jobs?

Should I get the eight-year old we babysit for challenge them?

An internet sensation? That's actually quite sad. Michele Bachmann has simply moved on professionally from high school.

Suggestions have been made that high schoolers should debate Congressional candidates during the campaign.

1) How many of you would even watch it and

2) Should our reps be wasting time talking to people who've never filled out a W-2 form, paid taxes or had a real job? I know that goes for most liberals, but nonetheless, the point is valid.

alexpatrol
alexpatrol

Love her. There's hope for our country yet, provided Bachmann's policies don't send the planet and the country to an early grave.

Pambytes
Pambytes

Often in the past, bold ladies have been labeled obnoxious; and bold men, courageous. That's why we have regularly rewarded leadership positions to challenging men and conformist women. Hopefully, Amy Myers will be only one of many New Generation leaders, male or female, who will turn this formula on its head. Hail to the new generation - and the baby boomers who let them through.

Tenzo
Tenzo

 Good girl! Get em'!

TheTrue Pooka
TheTrue Pooka

"We have checked her 13 times, and seven of her claims to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false," PolitiFact editor Bill Adair on Michele Bachmann

Anna
Anna

I AM proud to have Michele Bachmann as a representative of Minnesota, seeing as I AM from there. I am 15, and honestly, I would love to debate with this girl. Last time I checked it wasn't irrelevant historical facts like this girl mentioned that a political figure like Michele should be judged on. Figure it out.

firedup49
firedup49

 Michelle Bachman will have more class then you probably would ever have in your life time.  Do you know anything about her and her accomplishments.    By your letter no, you just regurgitate what you read and hear on TV news

Tom
Tom

 This is a thinly disguised slam at conservative women. The first sentence tells it all. So are we to believe that she avoids situations where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her by running for the U.S. House of representatives, and is now mulling a presidential bid? I just turned 60 and the battles of Lexington and Concord has not come up in any job interviews. Let's hope Amy is successful in her bid for president of her sophomore class.

mymoonlog
mymoonlog

La liberte est egale pour tous,a exprime aussi.....je partage

yli.kat
yli.kat

@Michael Corrieri Perhaps you should ask a penned professional then, before you made such a presumption.

I am a woman, I am a writer, and if I had written that sentence to Bachmann, I would've written YOUR, for exactly the reasons dictated in the letter. Bachmann claims to speak for women often, while rarely saying anything that is truly in support of women. She intentionally distances herself from the goals of eliminating gender disparity, and uses being a woman as a prop, without paying the slightest bit of attention to how her behaviors affect women in this nation or this world. 

I would've used YOUR, because until she starts taking responsibility for her ignorant statements, I would prefer not to refer to her gender as my own. We may both be biologically female, but she is in no way representative of me, or most women in this nation, who take great pride in educating themselves on a subject BEFORE they speak. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Another example of the need to fire all dumb teachers. Gary F "national" not "natinal" - "minimum" not "minimumn" and you obviously are a pervert pedophile that needs to register. Michele Bachmann has a masters degree, started her own business, raised 5 natural born children and 23 foster children. What the hell have you done?  

Anon
Anon

hmm more name calling? i see our country is a failure as one.

Oh, the foolishness...
Oh, the foolishness...

So, I guess it's hard to believe that a 10th grader could write an intelligent letter with proper grammar and syntax? Well, isn't that insulting...And you would find this a whole lot of nothing because you actually believe the hate that Bachmann and her fellow Tea Party compadres spew. 

Vicki
Vicki

Jill-see my original reply ...I am still waiting for specifics as to why Michele is highly regarded by  you and what she has done in Congress for your district. 

Vicki
Vicki

Jill-your letter tries to cover up Bachmann's inexcusable lack of history-as if knowledge of history is unimportant to the leader of the free world. Yes, fact checkers could help, but I would hold my President to a higher standard than that.  What it tells me is that facts are not important to Michele and ignorance is the new norm.Of course there are other qualities that are important for any Presidental candidate.  Statesmanship, leadership, communication, the ability to prioritize and organize...among a few of them.Michelle Bachmann is good at grabbing headlines with her lobs from the sidelines.  She is an excellent fundraiser..my question to you and a previous Bachmann cheerleader (which went unanswered) is-what has she done -specifically- for her constiuents in the sixth district of MN?  "Doing God's work" is not an acceptable answer.

JohnJayJones
JohnJayJones

You are a cartoon character of stupid hate.

Vicki
Vicki

Wow-your intellect comes shining through in that rant.Hope you don't mingle in society much.  Stay home and keep the channel on FAUX news (that means "fake') 

Dandyrose
Dandyrose

Ummmmmm.  I'm about as liberal as they come, and I have worked (often multiple jobs) since I was 15 (yes, real low-paying and well-paying jobs with W-2's and all), and I've happily paid taxes every year.  In fact, there's a strong likelihood that I may make more money (and hence pay more taxes) than you do.  Don't make such insulting generalizations about people who are liberal.

Tenzo
Tenzo

Oops and it wasn't necessary for Bush to know that historically most prominent terrorists in the Middle East come from wealthy families from wealthy nations such as Saudi Arabia (and not comparably poorer countries such as Iraq).

Hmmm....I guess our politicians need to have a good grasp of history don't they?

Iolanthe
Iolanthe

 Historical facts are *not* irrelevant, Anna.

Making up historical facts to get people to vote for *your* side, to scare or mislead them into thinking that there's some Christian Charter for this country, when there definitely isn't, and deliberately isn't, *IS* something a political figure should be judged on.

The woman doesn't tell the truth.  She makes stuff up.   That's the last thing anyone needs as a politician.   And if it's the religious thing that impresses you, someone who continually bears false witness for political gain is no advertisement for Christianity.

Vicki
Vicki

Dear Anna,Lucky you-having Michele Bachmann as your representative.  I would like to know specifically what has she done for your district that you are so proud of?  I do mean that sincerely...although I  am no fan of hers, she obviously has made an impression on you and I would like to hear you out.  Thanks 

Vicki
Vicki

 Dear firedup49,You are correct-I do not know MB's accomplishments....please enlighten me.  I am listening.

Bachmann4prez
Bachmann4prez

Maybe the people in Minnesota's 6th District aren't looking for "goodies" from the federal government. When a Congressman or woman "brings home the bacon (pork)" for his or her district, that's nothing more than the federal government redistributing wealth from one district to another, or the federal government spending more than it has. (Anyone else think the nation's $14 trillion debt is a problem?) Maybe most of the people in Minnesota's 6th District want Michele to cut the size and scope of the federal government instead of breaking ground on a new publicly-funded community center or bike path (or allowing people "freedom of choice" in what kind of light bulbs they'd like to buy).  

John
John

Vicki, if you're asking if she's brought home the pork for her district the answer would be a resounding NO.  She's doing exactly what she was elected to do.  Fighting to reduce government spending and increase domestic energy exploration to name a couple.

firedup49
firedup49

Just a brief history    Michele Bachmann has a law degree .   She has 5 children of her own, and opened her home to 23 foster children.   and became an advocate for foster and adopted children.    It was about one of her foster children about his education (he had learning disability). This is what made her run for office in the first place. for the children.  Oh and she grew up in a democratic family, she became a republican in college.

So what I am saying when you read internet bloggers and news bloggers that call someone names please check on the person  first.

Oh, the foolishness...
Oh, the foolishness...

"Freedom of Choice"-so obvious that you are one of the lackeys that listened to the ridiculousness spewed by the Republican Party during the budget showdown. In fact, you're illustrating the very point that Amy was making which was that Bachmann makes erroneous statements far too often. Thank you for the government lesson on pork barrel spending-I feel very enlightened. 

Vicki
Vicki

I am still waiting for an answer to my question.John-if you have the time, please give me more specifics on what she has done in Congress for the betterment of the 6th district. 

Vicki
Vicki

 John,Your assumption is WRONG.  Bringing home "the pork'' is not the work I expect my representative to do.   No, I do not support Bridges to Nowhere or kowtowing to wealthy corporate donors.  How about the JOBS promised by the GOP last November??  What specifically has Michele B done on that front?  Fighting to reduce government spending....fine, the GOP finally got religion after 8years of unrelentless and unchallenged runaway spending by Bush-Cheney.  Did MB do anything about fighting that?  And-I am not assuming anything-but what do you mean by "increasing domestic energy exploration"?  Voting to continue corporate welfare to the oil companies in the form of tax breaks for energy exploration does not count.I would like to know specific legislation that the congresswoman has introduced, sign on to, supported..that is helping her constituents and country recover from this economic disaster.    

Vicki
Vicki

Dear firedup49,I was plesantly surprised to read your response.  I knew that Michele had a law degree and foster children...I did not know she had that many.  There are many good things about her and I only wish that she would offer more positive points and ideas rather than sprinkle anti Obama statements in every speech.  You sound like a reasonable person-and I admire your courage in your convictions.  It bothers me that everyone is so mean to each other and we do not listen to other points of views.  Statesmanship is a valued quality and it is missing from the national discourse.  Congress is incapable of solving our many problems because they refuse to talk to each other and corporate money has bought many of their votes.  We cannot all think the same-our background and lifes' circumstances shape our views.  But we can listen and find common ground.   Name calling is juvenile and I hold all elected officials to a higher standard.   

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