Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president

posted at 11:01 am on July 6, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

I attend a fair number of political shindigs, and for the rest of you who do also, you’re probably familiar with the sight of various groups pushing to Draft Ben Carson as a potential 2016 GOP nominee. I saw them out in force at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference this year, and they’ve been making the rounds at all the other usual confabs. But what about Dr. Carson himself? Does he really want to take the big chair? Rare conducted an interview with him this week and lobbed the usual question. The answer may prove enlightening.

Kurt Wallace: I know a lot of people have asked you ‘are you going to run for president’ my question to you is do you want to run for president? Do you want to be the president?

Ben Carson: Well, the second question is very easy – the answer is no. Why would any sane person want to do that. I mean have you noticed that everybody who goes in that office after about three years looks like they’ve been there 20 years.

Kurt Wallace: As a doctor you wouldn’t recommend things like that?

Ben Carson: It certainly was not my intention to move into the political realm. I found myself thrust there after the national prayer breakfast speech. But you know my preference would be for someone to come along who really wants to do that and understands the constitution. And understands personal freedom, responsibility. The place of the government versus the place of the people. The place of the states versus the place of the federal government. Understands business and how to get moving by deregulating in terms of the excessive regulations not the ones that are necessary. And knows how to get things done. I mean we need to reform the tax code, it’s absolutely absurd. And it’s a blanket over economic progress.

When the beltway media asks any prospective or active candidate for office “The Question” during an interview, it’s generally accepted that it will be why do you even want the job. (It’s widely considered that the failure to be able to answer the question of why is how we wound up with Jimmy Carter instead of Ted Kennedy.) The question of “do you want it” is taken as settled. I don’t recall any other instances off the top of my head when a promising contender who is working to raise their national profile went so far as to say that they have no appetite for the Oval Office to begin with.

If Carson does run, expect this clip to surface again later in the primary process. If he had qualified it a bit, saying that the job was obviously a grinding one which aged the occupant prematurely, but he was willing to shoulder the burden if another suitable candidate couldn’t be found, this would be water under the bridge. But an unadorned, “the answer is no” is just red meat on the platter. Opponents will ask why voters should put it all on the line to support his bid when he doesn’t even want the job himself.

Of course the other possibility is that Carson is just being brutally honest. The man may just want to participate in the process and get the message out without diving into the swamp of DC and a very dirty national election mess. And really, who could blame him?


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Jindal/Carson 2016

The best team to unravel deathcare.

can_con on July 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Perhaps Dr. Carson should ask that question of Abraham Lincoln, our greatest President, who certainly was sane.

The power of the office can be used for several things, and many of them are good.

unclesmrgol on July 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

And I don’t really want Dr. Ben Carson to be president.
Next?

leftamark on July 6, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Surgeon General, maybe.

Wethal on July 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Nice guy…but not ready for potus.

workingclass artist on July 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Don’t worry, there will be plenty in GOP 2016 Clown Car.

The 2012 Clown Car was a lot of fun though.. Santorum, Newtie, Bachmann, Trump was on it for a while, Hermain Cain

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Stick to what you know – surgery.

BoehnerTears on July 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Jul 06, 2014 at 11:12 am Ned Pepper
Don’t worry, there will be plenty in GOP 2016 Clown Car.

Mike Gravel,Chris Dodd,John Edwards,Obama,Dennis Kucinich….

You were sayin’?

can_con on July 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

That’s my man!

coolrepublica on July 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Nice guy…but not ready for potus.

workingclass artist on July 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

More than just a nice guy, I think. He’s smart and has an affable personality that makes him likable, so he makes a good messenger. But I agree…not ready for POTUS.

flipflop on July 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I really don’t think this is his thing and I hope he won’t allow himself to be swayed by the people who would like to push him into it.

crankyoldlady on July 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So was Benghazi?

So is OEF under Democrat Administration control?

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/obamavsbush

All of those “clowns” you referred to were completely correct about the Affordable Care Act being doomed to fail and they were also correct about obama’s asinine foreign policy.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Secretary of HHS. It’ll be a nice change from the Queen of Death.

22044 on July 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Like Palin he is well served being an agitator, especially as a black man.

hillsoftx on July 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

There’s a great article about the actual driver of the Donk Clown Car.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM

If Carson does run,

Not gonna happen.

CW on July 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Donk Clown Car driver’s foreign policy polls like the Affordable Healthfail Act.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president

Good. The Presidency is not an entry-level position.

Stoic Patriot on July 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Can’t really blame him…we know O isn’t sane….

sorrowen on July 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president
Good. The Presidency is not an entry-level position.
Stoic Patriot on July 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Yeah but Obama became president…and he can’t handle a entry level job…

sorrowen on July 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The 2012 Clown Car was a lot of fun though.. Santorum, Newtie, Bachmann, Trump was on it for a while, Hermain Cain

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I hope pelousy and the phony redskin run for your side.

VegasRick on July 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Another Donk Clown Car Driver poll.

When you’ve lost NBC lying for you, your car really does start to look funny.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Ben Carson would make an elite level Surgeon General or Secretary of HHS. Let him focus on his area of expertise. His level of which, is unmatched.

That said, I believe he could do the job of President and would happily support him should he run. The 21 century, modern politician seems to have no affinity for actual success, maybe its time we tried an actual accomplished individual.

alecj on July 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Neither did Mitt Romney and where did that get us.
Forget Ben and MOVE ON.

vityas on July 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I’d like to see him as successful governor first.

petefrt on July 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Good. The Presidency is not an entry-level position.

Stoic Patriot on July 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

This is what people need to get through their thick skulls.
The presidency after this one (and again, I have to say I’m not sure there will be one) will take someone FAR more qualified than any of the current maybe-wannabees to clean up the mess Obama has made. If it even could be done.

leftamark on July 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

It takes humility to admit that you shouldn’t be president, especially when you are clearly are not ready for the burden. If only the majority of people who enter the primaries could have such humility.

thebrokenrattle on July 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Does anyone think that, after a lifetime of highly stressful work, the guy wants to relax and enjoy life?
The man said no. What part do people not understand?

katy the mean old lady on July 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Actually here’s a very glowing article on the Driver of the Donk Clown Cars Foreign Policy.

Oh, wait. That was just a New Yorker fluff piece from three years ago trying to make Barerock sound like a genius before his foreign policy completely fell on it’s azz.

Here’s a more contemporary view of obama vapid, incoherent foreign policy, inanity.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

…Ned!…shut your pecker!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 6, 2014 at 11:59 AM

In the Romney sense where he will still try to be the nominee so he can throw the election, or in the sense that he is not even going to run to be president?

astonerii on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Do you recall that short story about the earth being in peril, so someone built a huge spaceship to save some of the people?
The politicians took it over and saved only politicians, lawyers and artists.

After it took off, everyone else laughed because it was a ruse to rid the earth of these parasites.

Can’t recall if this was a book, short story or Outer Limits episode, but it COULD WORK….

Tard on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

He needs to be in charge of HHS. The next Administration will have their hands full cleaning up the mess of Obamacare.

Doughboy on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Tard on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Twilight Zone, maybe?
The hazelhatchery part is that these are the fools who would fall for it.
Let’ get started!

katy the mean old lady on July 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

He needs to be in charge of HHS. The next Administration will have their hands full cleaning up the mess of Obamacare.

Doughboy on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Least of all, the next president needs to have served in the Armed Forces.
Maybe we need to start picking the Cabinet, then balance it out with the nominee for President.

leftamark on July 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Like Herman Cain, Carson is a book tour that looks like a campaign.

I think Cain regrets his run and that Carson knows better than to run seriously.

Americans always say they’re sick of the slick politicians but they always end up voting for the slickest politician in the end.

Toocon on July 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

He needs to be in charge of HHS. The next Administration will have their hands full cleaning up the mess of Obamacare.

Doughboy on July 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

No, we need to shut the HHS down.

captnjoe on July 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Americans always say they’re sick of the slick politicians but they always end up voting for the slickest politician in the end.

Toocon on July 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Exactly. So tell me again why any sane, constitutional patriot should not run for President?

captnjoe on July 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Dr Carson just explained why the only Democrats to make POTUS are sociopaths.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty in GOP 2016 Clown Car.

The 2012 Clown Car was a lot of fun though.. Santorum, Newtie, Bachmann, Trump was on it for a while, Hermain Cain

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

You mean like the Hildabeast, Shotgun Joe, and Fauxcahontas?

The other Ned Pepper wasn’t that bright, either.

formwiz on July 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

If Carson said yes, I want to be pres then we would know he’s crazy. Should we elect a certified crazy man. Oh I forgot that we elected one president in 2012.

Herb on July 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Well to me that answer disqualifies him from being considered.Romney had the same ambivalence and obviously didn’t have the necessary fire to fight for the Presidency.Now Carson can’t have it both ways.Loving being the center of attention and disdaining the quest at the same time.So stop wasting our time with all the attention.Nothing to see here,move on!

redware on July 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

LOL! Those were good times.

Ned Pepper on July 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

No, good times were when I busted you last Tuesday for cutting and pasting word for word a Daily Kos post here just an hour after it appeared there. That took True Grit!

Glen Campbell sings “True Grit”

Del Dolemonte on July 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Not sure who first said it, but the quote “Anyone who wants to run for President should be immediately disqualified” comes to mind.

I have immense respect and trust for Dr Carson. Yeah, I’m a physician so, a bit of bias there; that said, most physicians of my acquaintance (at least those under 50) have VERY narrow skill sets, and could no more be President than run a 7-11. There are, however the other third or so that are savvy and experienced across a range of skills, including general decision making and managing people.

I would support a ‘Draft Carson’ initiative. Anyone who believes that his skill set is insufficient to take the job, need only look to the office holders of the last 150 years. Generals and Governors, it’s true appear to have had the best (and worst) runs; those without executive experience (One comes to mind) are typically rudderless and execrable.

Anyone who knows ANYthing about neurosurgery, or surgery in general should know that it’s an ongoing process of decision making: some of them ‘Do it Now’, and some of them ‘Watch & Wait’.
Given our aggregate experience of the last few decades, I’d take a near randomly chosen neurosurgeon, industrial plant manager and owner of a string of 5 restaurants to be President, VP and Secretary of State over just about any other three who’ve held the positions since Eisenhower.

Surgeon General would be a waste of this man’s talent. VP (I know, useless job), Sec of State, or head of HHS? More like it.
God love this country for still, occasionally, turning out men like Dr Carson.

orangemtl on July 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Not a big fan of Ben Carson for President. However, I am even less of a fan of Jazz Shaw.

KMav on July 6, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Even Reagan said something similar to Carson saying this, pondering how much simpler it would be for him to retire, prior to him deciding to attempt a third run for president to beat Carter in 1980. Carson not coveting the presidency does not in any way disqualify him in my book. The last thing we need is someone who would want run to clean up the terrible mess Obama will leave for the next president. We need someone who would want to do it well. Carson has a proven record of not just competence by mastery. Most of the prospective candidates on either side of the aisle lack the levels of achievement which Dr. Ben Carson has. If he never runs for president, good for him. Carson’s reticence is not the same as Romney’s. Romney was not consistently reticent. He did all he could to beat the other Republicans in the primaries. Anyway, my 2 cents…

kscheuller on July 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Just to point out…

George Washington didn’t want to be President either, but accepted it as his civic duty to his country. Personally, I don’t want anyone that lusts after power to be President.

dominigan on July 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Anyone who wants to be president should be disqualified from running for the job.

merlich on July 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

He is as qualified as anyone, on either side, to be president. The lie that the pols like to tell us is that not everyone can do what they do. That’s complete malarkey. Our government was set up for citizen-politicians not “professional” politicians. As far as whether or not Dr. Carson will run, only time will tell… I’m not leaning either way on that one.

Fallon on July 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Like, Ben Carson ever had a chance to be President.

You people and your celebrity-candidate-of-the-month thing.

Moesart on July 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Not sure who first said it, but the quote “Anyone who wants to run for President should be immediately disqualified” comes to mind.

I have immense respect and trust for Dr Carson. Yeah, I’m a physician so, a bit of bias there; that said, most physicians of my acquaintance (at least those under 50) have VERY narrow skill sets, and could no more be President than run a 7-11. There are, however the other third or so that are savvy and experienced across a range of skills, including general decision making and managing people.

I would support a ‘Draft Carson’ initiative. Anyone who believes that his skill set is insufficient to take the job, need only look to the office holders of the last 150 years. Generals and Governors, it’s true appear to have had the best (and worst) runs; those without executive experience (One comes to mind) are typically rudderless and execrable.

Anyone who knows ANYthing about neurosurgery, or surgery in general should know that it’s an ongoing process of decision making: some of them ‘Do it Now’, and some of them ‘Watch & Wait’.
Given our aggregate experience of the last few decades, I’d take a near randomly chosen neurosurgeon, industrial plant manager and owner of a string of 5 restaurants to be President, VP and Secretary of State over just about any other three who’ve held the positions since Eisenhower.

Surgeon General would be a waste of this man’s talent. VP (I know, useless job), Sec of State, or head of HHS? More like it.
God love this country for still, occasionally, turning out men like Dr Carson.

orangemtl on July 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM
…………………..
I’m in complete agreement.
Here we all are just cringing over a possible Carson for president when all we will have running are the same bozos as last time. Newt–I can’t campaign gotta take Kulista on a cruise, the loser form Pa. and a bunch of other pols who have all spent too much time in Washington dc/political office and not enough time making life and death decisions.
I’ll take the surgeon with a good basic knowledge of the constitution every time.

rodguy911 on July 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I am not sure how strongly this applies to Dr. Carson, but there is an old Klingon proverb: “Great men do not seek power; it is thrust upon them.”

eaglescout_1998 on July 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

You people and your celebrity-candidate-of-the-month thing.

Moesart on July 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Barry and Mooch sending a lot of invitations your way?

katy the mean old lady on July 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Moesart on July 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Pull the stick from your rump, Dude. I love your comments and groan at them near simultaneously.

hawkdriver on July 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Here is a man who does not want to run or president.

So why is there a draft Ben Carson website? And why have they been able to collect $5 million in donations?

RUexperienced on July 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Good. Dr. Carson is a fine man with a compelling life story, but I don’t want him to be President either.

rjh on July 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Fred Thompson, 2008

Sinner on July 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Opponents will ask why voters should put it all on the line to support his bid when he doesn’t even want the job himself.

A piece of cake–just remind them that George Washington didn’t want the job either, but for the good of the nation…..

Don L on July 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Dr. Ben Carson is fully qualified to defeat President Obama. While the Presidents Lefttwaffle claim Dr. Carson is not qualified.

However, two years as Surgeon General, should qualify Dr, Carson to the position of Surgeon General, as Hitlery’s stent as Sec. of State make her qualified to run for President.

Dr, Carson ‘s qualification as a Pediatric Neurosurgeon and a person qualified to surly diagnose the true problem our current lord and master is experiencing the symptoms of the terrible twos, a server case of obsessive compulsive behavior, ADHD, and depression, that will require two years of extensive treatment.

MSGTAS on July 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

…my preference would be for someone to come along who really wants to do that and understands the constitution. And understands personal freedom, responsibility. The place of the government versus the place of the people. The place of the states versus the place of the federal government. Understands business and how to get moving by deregulating in terms of the excessive regulations not the ones that are necessary. And knows how to get things done. I mean we need to reform the tax code, it’s absolutely absurd. And it’s a blanket over economic progress.

Dr. Carson obviously understands some of the major problems that have destroyed this country. It would be a mistake to believe our political leaders give a sh*t, as long as they have power and can line their pockets at will.

earlgrey on July 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

For all Dr. Carson’s abilities as a brain surgeon, statecraft is not brain surgery. It’s more like meta-chess, where there are 200 players and a multitude of “sides”, not all play with the same pieces or rules, and some playing with us on one board but against us on another. Brain surgery is simple by comparison.

Least of all, the next president needs to have served in the Armed Forces.
Maybe we need to start picking the Cabinet, then balance it out with the nominee for President.

leftamark on July 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Right. While it makes sense to a reader of Heinlein, that only those who’ve been at risk should be able to place others at risk, it doesn’t make sense historicly. Our best and worst Presidents have been veterans; as well as good showings from those who’ve never been under arms. Washington and Carter were both military veterans; Reagan was in the military, but not “under arms”. I don’t believe Woodrow Wilson was a veteran, but neither was Calvin Coolidge. Barack Himself Obama was not, but he hung around with anti-American terrorists.

But choosing the Cabinet, and then figuring out who’d agree to it, is interesting. I’d like to nominate Sarah Palin for Energy or Interior, Romney for Commerce, John Bolton for State, and perhaps Newt Gingrich for Director of NASA?

ReggieA on July 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM