Brain surgeon and sudden conservative darling Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t really mind if you thought his blunt in-Obama’s-face criticism of the president was “offensive.”
And which politician best articulates the doctor’s values? That would be Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who Carson calls a “very rational individual.”
Following a whirlwind of media attention surrounding his unconventionally critical speech during last week’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Dr. Carson agreed to an extensive phone interview with The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller: Well, you’ve had a busy couple of days, obviously.
Dr. Ben Carson: (Laughs) That’s an understatement.
TheDC: First, let’s go back to the Prayer Breakfast. Did you have any hesitancy about giving the speech you ended up giving?
BC: No, I didn’t. I didn’t at all, because I always pray before I give a speech and ask God to tell me what to say. And frequently I don’t say what I was intending to say, and I said some things I perhaps wasn’t intending to say, but it was the right message. And judging from the response — I mean, there are just millions of people out there who are so concerned, and have almost given up, and they’re just re-energized by the thought that maybe, there’s still some common sense left.
TheDC: Did you talk to the president at all, before or after?
BC: After. I talked to him after. He came over to me and congratulated me on the speech, said he admired me, and we shook hands and he left.
TheDC: Was Obama touchy at all about the specific subject matter of your speech?
BC: He hid it very well if he was.
TheDC: Yesterday, conservative USA Today columnist Cal Thomas said your speech was offensive. Would you agree with that assessment?
BC: It’s offensive if you’re an ideologue and don’t like to have anyone challenge what you think. But if you’re an individual who understands what our government is supposed to be — and that is something for, of and by the people — then it’s not offensive at all when one of the people comes out with some suggestions; it’s not seen as an attack.
But, you know, we have these entrenched entities — and I’m talking about both Republicans and Democrats — who believe that when you’re elected to office, you become some kind of member of the aristocracy, and that anyone who challenges you is attacking you and is unpatriotic. This is foolishness.
And it’s just one of the reasons that we’re in the situation we’re in now, and it’s one of the reasons that I rail so much against the whole political correctness stuff that’s perpetrated largely by the media, quite frankly. And they need to recognize that they have a much higher calling: a calling to speak the truth no matter where it comes from. A calling not to pick sides and not to try to influence people’s opinions, but rather just to provide the facts. And if they ever could get back to that high calling, I think things would go much better.