Neurosurgeon who upstaged Obama to star in Hannity Special tonight.
Dr. Ben Carson is fast becoming America’s Doctor.
And he will make an hour-long house call with Sean Hannity in a Hannity Special on Fox News Friday night.
Along with a handful of guests in an on-set audience, of which I will be privileged to be one.
Dr. Carson, of course, has been in the news lately for this speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. In which, with a surgeon’s precision, the good doctor deftly dissected both Obamanomics and Obamacare — with President Obama seated two seats away.
If you aren’t yet familiar with Dr. Carson you should make the time.
Here is a man whose single mother, one of 24 children — you read that right — married at 13, had two children (Ben and his brother Curtis), eventually finding out that her husband had an entirely different wife and family. Which is to say, he was a bigamist and soon departed from Ben’s family when the discovery was made by Ben’s mother. He was as well a man with an alcohol problem. Mom had a third grade education.
Not exactly an auspicious start for a young African-American kid in Detroit.
But Mom — that would be Sonya Carson — presented with her share of life lessons that every human being walking must face, was paying attention to her two boys. First, she set the example herself. Determined to avoid the welfare system, she worked “constantly,” Carson tells us. Her faith in God having her insist to her son, “Bennie, we’re going to be fine.”
No. she said, you cannot watch television all the time. She laid down a rule — one of many. Young Ben would not be allowed more than two or three TV programs a week. What he must do instead is read two books from the Detroit public library — and write book reports on each.
So began Ben Carson’s lifelong love affair with education — with reading. Dutifully, he would make the trek to the library, read the two books of his choice, write up book reports — and get them back from his mother with a check mark to acknowledge his work.
Did I mention that Sonya Carson couldn’t read? No matter — only much later would young Ben figure this out. In the meantime Ben Carson went from being called “dummy” by his fifth grade friends to a top student at Yale University not to mention the top of his class at the University of Michigan Medical School. And now one of the world’s most accomplished (not to mention famous) physicians, presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
With his low-key bedside manner that doctors the world over must surely envy, Carson’s story is the stuff of Hollywood movies — and in fact there is a movie. A movie based on Carson’s own autobiography Gifted Hands, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ben Carson. Here’s the trailer for the film and over here some excerpts. Here’s a link to the book version as well as Carson’s current bestseller America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.
What’s striking when one reads Gifted Hands is seeing just how Carson refused the lure of blaming his problems on race. When one reads Carson in Gifted Hands — and goes back to read President Obama in Dreams From My Father — the difference between the two men is striking.
Here’s Carson on race and what he refused to do:
I could easily have decided that life was cruel, that being Black meant everything was stacked against me.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?