Last year, as I watched the National Prayer Breakfast, I assumed I was witnessing another routine presidential event, where friends lauded President Obama, opponents at best gently ribbed him, and then Obama made his remarks, punctuated by frequent applause.
The keynote speaker for the breakfast arose and began in gentle terms. And then something happened. Bit by bit, he launched into a sweeping articulation of conservative philosophy and values that within minutes had me transfixed.
The newly reelected president, who appeared that morning to be in some kind of sleeping, nicotine gum chewing stupor, had experienced perhaps one too many coronations in the past few weeks and was not expecting to have conservatism shoved right down this throat.
But that’s what Dr. Benjamin Carson was doing. Unintimidated by the presence of the president, ignoring Washington niceties, Carson was letting him have it.
I watched as the president’s face slowly morphed from careless complacency to peevish concern. Suddenly, he seemed a little more awake. Because nobody forces the president to listen to neolithic political theories.
Especially when the speaker seems to be making so much sense.
I knew something big was happening, and I wrote about it later that day in a piece titled, “Obama treated to a full plate of conservative thought.” Conservatism had an new, eloquent, clear thinking apostle, and Obama had been served a dose of humility.
I thought you might like to revisit Dr. Carson’s speech or perhaps view it for the very first time. You won’t be disappointed.