Video: Dr. Ben Carson at CPAC

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?