Video: Dr. Ben Carson at CPAC

posted at 1:01 pm on March 16, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

I just got done watching Dr. Ben Carson speak at CPAC and among many thoughts, I wanted to share the first thing that came to mind when he was finished. If I were a Democrat, I’d be looking at this guy and saying, “That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.” Carson put on one heck of a demonstration in public speaking on conservative topics. Intelligent, with a smooth delivery and no apparent use of a teleprompter, Carson had the crowd alternately busting up laughing and coming to their feet for extended applause. His repeated use of the phrase, “It’s not brain surgery” when talking about how to fix the economy had everyone in stitches (he’s a neurosurgeon in case you didn’t know) and it never seemed to get old.

There’s a particular highlight from the video which follows that I wanted to bring to your attention. Dr. Carson launched into a hypothetical description of the worst policies which a resident of the White House could put in place which would lead to the severe detriment – or destruction – of America. But as he led up to it, he snuck in the following phrase.

Let’s say you magically put me in the White House…

The crowd pretty much erupted and it was a fair while before he could continue. Is Carson a potential contender to the throne? Way, way, way too early to say, as he’s still very early on the scene. But there’s no doubt that whatever “it” is that top level politicians are supposed to have, he’s got it by the bucket load. Let’s go to the video and let you folks put in your own reviews. I should note that the actual remarks by Dr. Carson don’t begin until roughly 21 minutes into the video, as the introductions run rather long. (In case you want to fast forward to the meat of it.) But as a bonus, there is some sit-down interview footage of him after the speech. How did he do?


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…he’s off the plantation!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

…Sarah next?

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

…wake up the trolls!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

very good speech. I’m not sold yet on Carson don’t know enough about his political views. He would however be 100% better than abouot 95% of the politicians in DC at this point.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

…the gay thread needs to move here!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I watched Dr. Carson and he did a great job, IMO.

IIRC, didn’t Dr. Carson make some comment a few weeks of so ago about the 2nd that didn’t go over very well here at HA? I can’t recall the quote though.

I like Dr. Carson, but is a bit early to say about him running for president till we get his true feelings on some issues?
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

very good speech. I’m not sold yet on Carson don’t know enough about his political views. He would however be 100% better than abouot 95% of the politicians in DC at this point.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

…99%….you’re slipping!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

The barn is still burning from Palin’s speech.

Robert_Paulson on March 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

unseen on March 16, 2013

…you haven’t been down to the Gulch !

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Uncle Tom/<— for the Koz trolls, note the sarc tag.

sauldalinsky on March 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The barn is still burning from Palin’s speech.

INDEED it is! I hope we get a thread on Sarah.
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.

The rhetorical knives are being sharpened. Don’t you worry.

CW on March 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

…you haven’t been down to the Gulch !

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

ROFL….I visted today almost 4000 comments. impressive.

Watching both speeches Palin’s was 10 times better than Dr Carson’s. but I enjoyed both.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The barn is still burning from Palin’s speech.

Robert_Paulson on March 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

hands down the best speech I have seen in a long long time. Made Mitt’s sppech look like a high school student running for class president.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Nice enough guy, but does not understand freedom enough to be president, unless of course he runs on the Democratic Ticket.

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I agree with Crowder on Palin: “and she is fiiiiiiiiiine.”

BuckeyeSam on March 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Palin was absolutely phenomenal. She is who this country needs.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

hands down the best speech I have seen in a long long time. Made Mitt’s sppech look like a high school student running for class president.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Sarah was awesome – best CPAC speech I have seen so far …

Sarah’s full speech …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkRw4EOwY2g&list=PLmqnjF1D2hhaZ0r5hw-0beF9R7oaB9lOt&index=52

Pork-Chop on March 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Waiting for HotAir to post Palin’s speech..:)

She ROCKED the HOUSE!!!

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Carson doesn’t understand freedom? I hope you were being sarcastic.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

She ROCKED the HOUSE!!!

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Surprises me that you’d say that.

CW on March 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Sarah Palin was phenomenal! Every sentence was purposeful and right on target.

esr1951 on March 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Dems oppo research – his Palinization – on Cardin began right after the prayer breakfast, and only increased today.

It doesn’t “take a brain surgeon” to know this either.

Hope Cardin has no skeletons in his past.

marybel on March 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

marybel on March 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Do you mean Carson, not Cardin?
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Waiting for HotAir to post Palin’s speech..:)

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

…HA HA!…Hot Air ?
…Lisa Posthunus Lyons from Michigan…under 30…and I’m proud… on CPAC right now!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Waiting for HotAir to post Palin’s speech..:)

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Don’t hold your breath.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

In the scheme of things I don’t see Dr Carson as being a long term prospect in politics. If he didn’t live in MD, I would suggest he run for Senate first. but since it is MD he probably wouldn’t play well with the people’s republic of maryland. Maybe he can move to a conservative state and run for Senate. AK ‘s seat in 2014 would be a good fit for him I think.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

If you dont respect ” …shall not be infringed ” then I do not care what you have to say otherwise.

You cant be for freedom unless you are for freedom to own, sell, lend or rent a semi auto in Chicago.

TX-96 on March 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

In the scheme of things I don’t see Dr Carson as being a long term prospect in politics. If he didn’t live in MD, I would suggest he run for Senate first. but since it is MD he probably wouldn’t play well with the people’s republic of maryland. Maybe he can move to a conservative state and run for Senate. AK ‘s seat in 2014 would be a good fit for him I think.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Maybe Dr. Carson just wants to make a difference and not be a politician at all. I think we too quickly assume that anyone who speaks out has political ambitions. Let’s wait and see before we start talking 2016. I agree with you about Maryland. Bongingo, who is like a male Palin, could not win in OTaxme OMalley’s Maryland.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Best lines from Palin’s speech..:)

1. ”More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President. Should’ve started with yours.”

2.  On her husband, Todd Palin: “He’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.” [Pulls out Big Gulp] 

3. “Mr. President, we admit it. You won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.”

4. “We can’t just ignore, though, that we just lost a big election. Yeah. Came in second. Out of two … Second position on a dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty.” 

5. “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television.”

6. To College Republicans: ”You’ve got to be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam Adams.”

7. “If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put their name on the ballot.” [Clearly this is a reference to Karl Rove]

8. ”The next election is 20 months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts. Because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

9. To Washington consultants: ”Get over yourself. It’s not about you.” 

10. “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama — you lie!” 

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Phyllis Schlafly at CPAC.

One of the true warriors of the cause, from the time before Rove and the squishy GOP, an era to which we are hopefully returning.

It’s beautiful. The woman pulls no punches. She goes after Bush, McCain, Dole, Romney, Rove. The truth matters much more to this woman than who might get their feelings hurt.

If you’ve never read or watched anything about this amazing woman almost single-handedly defeating the ERA, you certainly should.

29Victor on March 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I hope for him to continue to speak out on the issues. He is a very good speaker and his life is a testimant to what a god fearing individual can accomplish. He has earned my respect just from the little I know about his life. I wish him well in whatever he decides I just hate seeing great people like this be destroyed for political purposes by the GOPE and Dems.

I think a senate run would allow him to be a bigger factor in the discussion while at the same time limiting the damage the GOPE and dems can do to him until he is better prepared for their attacks.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Quick! A good talker without any legislative experience or history! WE MUST ELECT THIS MAN AS PRESIDENT!

Quit with the knee jerk reactions. Seriously. Contrary to popular liberal belief, I believe experience is necessary when it comes to holding the most powerful office in the world.

NoStoppingUs on March 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Uncle Tom/<— for the Koz trolls, note the sarc tag.

sauldalinsky on March 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

…CPAC is featuring some young black conservatives…one was just on from the Okie state…and Clarence Mingo from Ohio… (put his name in your archives)…the MSM is not going to like it!…they just won’t report it…doesn’t go with their divisive agenda…too much diversification showing…it was ‘staged’!…to many womens too!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Carson doesn’t understand freedom? I hope you were being sarcastic.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

You missed the argument he made about people living in certain places should not have the right to bear arms?

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I, for one, don’t believe that any Amendment to the Constitution is geographically limited.

No soup for you!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

You missed the argument he made about people living in certain places should not have the right to bear arms?

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

yeap that was not his finest moment.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

It’s Jazz……he’s no Palin fan so don’t expect too much

callingallcomets on March 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I just love Sarah! She made her points and was so funny doing so!

BTW, what is it about HA not liking to do threads on Sarah? I must have missed the why on it.
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

NoStoppingUs on March 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

agreed but look at how many people loved Cain. I don’t understand it myself. I am willing however to give him a chance to expand his experience and hope he runs for senate.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

yeap that was not his finest moment.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

agreed but look at how many people loved Cain. I don’t understand it myself. I am willing however to give him a chance to expand his experience and hope he runs for senate.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

He could always grow in his understanding. I am always willing to look at people’s progressive.

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

He could always grow in his understanding. I am always willing to look at people’s progressive.

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

BTW, what is it about HA not liking to do threads on Sarah? I must have missed the why on it.
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

1. hotair is moderate in its views.

2. It’s like “if you build it they will come” thought process. I seriously think hotair and many other media sites belive if you don’t mention her she will go away.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Phyllis Schlafly at CPAC.

29Victor on March 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Phyllis is always awesome – 88 years old, and still going strong! She had some choice words today for the current batch of Republicans who are pushing AMNESTY and other destructive liberal policies. Great speech – she is a true hero of the conservative movement.

Pork-Chop on March 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Carson went on before Palin. The Palin video is at 2:30 eastern.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Thanks Jazz!
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Phyllis Schlafly at CPAC.

29Victor on March 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Phyllis is always awesome – 88 years old, and still going strong! She had some choice words today for the current batch of Republicans who are pushing AMNESTY and other destructive liberal policies. Great speech – she is a true hero of the conservative movement.

Pork-Chop on March 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Wow! I didn’t know that she was still around. I loved her, back in the day – the Commie filth held her in utter contempt … and I loved her for it.

Glad to know that she’s alive and kickin’ and, no doubt, still pissing the Commie trash off.

Good times … good times

OhEssYouCowboys on March 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

LOL. Was your ear ringing?

CTSherman on March 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Carson went on before Palin. The Palin video is at 2:30 eastern.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

HA Palin thread coming up?

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

LOL. Was your ear ringing?

CTSherman on March 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Nah, Jazz’ eyes were singing seeing.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Carson went on before Palin. The Palin video is at 2:30 eastern.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

So it will be up in 20 minutes?

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

So it will be up in 20 minutes?

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM | Delete

Correct. Erika pulled that slot. She’s trying to land an interview also.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

He could always grow in his understanding. I am always willing to look at people’s progress.

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

i think Carson will fall in the 80/20 rule for me.

still better than most of today’s GOPe.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

She’s trying to land an interview also.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

That would be great. should ask her what her user name is when she posts on hotair.

unseen on March 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

It’s not brain surgery

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

So it will be up in 20 minutes?

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Of course it will be. Anything on Palin is pure gold for HotAir. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Am I the only one hearing a lot of static in that video?

MadisonConservative on March 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Glad to know that she’s alive and kickin’ and, no doubt, still pissing the Commie trash off.

Good times … good times

OhEssYouCowboys on March 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Yep – she’s still fighting!

http://www.eagleforum.org/

https://twitter.com/EagleForum

Pork-Chop on March 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Correct. Erika pulled that slot. She’s trying to land an interview also.

Jazz Shaw on March 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

That would be fantastic..:)

idesign on March 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

“How dare you insult my president? You are an n-word.”

Glorious leftards, the oh-so-’erudite elite’ and ‘egalitarians’

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You missed the argument he made about people living in certain places should not have the right to bear arms?

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

No, I heard that and disagree BUT there is more to understanding freedom than just that one issue. And you have to understand, Dr. Carson is in Baltimore where high capacity guns are usually used to kill someone over a pair of sneakers or because of drugs. He was saying that in highly populated urban areas, it might be okay to curtail those guns. I am not saying I agree but I understand where he is coming from. He has seen first hand young people who have been shot in the head. Because he holds this view is not tantamount to not understanding freedom.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Am I the only one hearing a lot of static in that video?

MadisonConservative on March 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

No, it’s from the source, not from you.

Cheers

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Of course it will be. Anything on Palin is pure gold for HotAir. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Actually, go read up on the founders and figure out what allowed them to defeat an armed government military…
The right to bear arms actually defends all other rights.

astonerii on March 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Have you noticed trolls commenting trends, like swarms of them on certain topics, during certain days of the week, as it they get marching orders from Messina/Axelturd?

For ex. hardly ever do they post on weekends. Sure, one will come by and say “we have actual lives”. Yes, we know; plankton/gnats/rats do too.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Sheesh, all that c/b summed up “The constitution and principles”.

Portman is for gay rights because his son is gay.

Dr. Carson should be given a break becuase…er, he lives in Baltimore and is a brain surgeon who sees lots of messed up brains…

Looks like his replacement has a lot of work on hand.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I would venture a guess, Dr. Carson sees way more messed up brains from motor cycle accidents than from guns? That is just me.
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letget on March 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Dr. Carson has reprised his speech to the President. Less politely, but it’s the same speech.

The centerpieces of the speech are the need for fiscal responsibility, and the need to support educational excellence.

If you are going to have the state supporting education, it couldn’t do better than to do it Dr. Carson’s way.

unclesmrgol on March 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I hate to break it to the gop ruling class…….but the party is going to have to have SOMEONE with a CELEBRITY vibe to run or we’re NOT going to win the White House.

Obama has proven it can be done……TWICE.

And Crown Prince Jeb is going to be THE BIGGEST WHINER in history if he doesn’t get his birthright (the nomination) in 2016. He’s already setting the stage by criticizing the gop (ala Colin Powell) for just being against everything.

The Bushes were Reagans biggest mistake.

Who lights a fire under the base? mmmmmm, who could that be?

PappyD61 on March 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Palin thread is up.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Who lights a fire under the base? mmmmmm, who could that be?

PappyD61 on March 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Isn’t this the guy who thinks that the Constitution, specifically, the Second Amendment, only applies to certain parts of the country?

Good thing for him that CPAC was in a Free Speech zone!

RJL on March 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Is Carson a potential contender to the throne? Way, way, way too early to say, as he’s still very early on the scene. But there’s no doubt that whatever “it” is that top level politicians are supposed to have, he’s got it by the bucket load.

And to think that he wasted all that time with medical school and Johns Hopkins. /

Happy Nomad on March 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Isn’t this the guy who thinks that the Constitution, specifically, the Second Amendment, only applies to certain parts of the country?

Good thing for him that CPAC was in a Free Speech zone!

RJL on March 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

That’s not exactly what he said but why let the facts get in the way of good snark.

Happy Nomad on March 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I live in a part of the country that might get into fracking and I can tell you, Bub, I don’t want my well water contaminated like it is just a state to the North of me. Sometimes one’s personal experience or circumstance does make one look at things in a different light. And if you care to look at what Dr. Carson really said, he never said that those guns should be banned. He made a personal observation. That’s all.

As to Portman and gay marriage…What do I care what his reasoning is? His son is homosexual so he supports it. I don’t. I understand why he supports it but it doesn’t change my opinion of the issue. Neither does it make me want to throw him to the lions.

fight like a girl on March 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

This man would be a great Prez too. If Palin and Carson ran together it would be a dream ticket.

dec5 on March 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Boy, the good doctor was in full force here. I agree that the Democrats must be scared to death. Something must have happened between the NPB and this speech because Ben Carson is even more appealing here. I truly hope he runs for President. He is the real deal.

p_incorrect on March 17, 2013 at 1:16 AM

To me the difference between Cons & Libs is that Cons use common sense, the Libs are off in La La Land. Dr Carson is loaded with common sense. It ain’t Brain surgery it’s just plain ole’ died in the wool common sense. Been so long since the American People heard it.

Herb on March 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

If I like my Dr. Carson, I can keep my Dr. Carson.

TonyR on March 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM