Exciting news about CPAC 2013 from the American Conservative Union: Dr. Ben Carson has joined the list of featured speakers for the event, to be held March 14-16. ¬†From the official press release:
‚??Dr.¬†Ben¬†Carson¬†represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces,‚?Ě said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. ‚??We look forward to welcoming Dr.¬†Carson¬†to the CPAC stage in March.‚?Ě
Dr. Benjamin¬†Carson¬†is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. An internationally renowned physician, Dr.¬†Carson¬†has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications, along with five best-selling books, including the New York Times bestseller,¬†America the Beautiful, and has been awarded 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and delivered the keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month.
This will add much fuel to the speculation that Carson might be considering a run for office. ¬†He turned a lot of heads with his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast¬†earlier this month. ¬†Speaking of which,¬†The Hill¬†has an interesting tidbit about that speech: according to Carson, the White House asked to review it before he delivered it. ¬†Even though President Obama was speaking at the same event, that seems a bit odd, if not creepy.
Carson’s reply: “I told them that I don‚??t have an advance copy because I don‚??t write out my speeches and I don‚??t use teleprompters ‚?¶they asked more than once … I gave them the [Biblical] texts around which the remarks would be framed … I said read those texts, the remarks will be framed around those … that should have told them something.”
The speech that rocked the world was more-or-less extemporaneous?