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Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American neurosurgeon, author, and politician who is the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, under the Trump Administration.

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  1. Socialism sucks July 12, 2016

    I admire this man. Out of all the candidates, he was the most well behaved candidate.

  2. Diane Lane June 20, 2016

    I do admire Ben Carson for all he has accomplished. I was interested when I heard he was running for president, and watched to see how that would unfold. Ultimately, he probably wasn’t the right person for that position, but I do think there’s room for him at the table, in some fashion, and hopefully the person elected will recognize that.

  3. oportosanto June 20, 2016

    That happens not only with surgeons, but also with most people who have high technical skills, they are excellent at something, but many times fail communicating or in other basic skills.

  4. jinkies June 10, 2016

    Ben Carson is like Donald Trump with a brain and a filter. He’s definitely smart, but he’s one of those people that’s only smart in one way. He’s a brilliant surgeon but lacks the skills to be a successful politician. He knows when to keep his mouth shut and doesn’t spout vulgarities at any given opportunity but his policies themselves are horrifying and very Trump-esque.

  5. oportosanto May 11, 2016

    I don’t know if a scientist running for president would be able to do a good job. I think their knowledge is too specialized and we need someone who knows what the populations need.

  6. ToneyWatermeloney May 9, 2016

    I wish scientists would try and run for president. This page says he’s for traditional marriage and is critical of the theory of evolution. You shouldn’t want a man like that in such a high position. Science all the way! None of that made up gunk.

  7. oportosanto May 6, 2016

    lol, there are quite a few competences we might have according to what we do, and he might have the medical competences and not the political ones. Eventually he is just poorly assessed?

  8. marko May 6, 2016

    Call him “smart” for being neurosurgeon is quite doubtful. His agenda is quite weak and overly traditional. Then announce an endorsement to a guy like Donald Trump is not really something that I would praise or expect from an intellectual person.

  9. oportosanto May 4, 2016

    War and religion give a lot of votes that is why politicians speak so much about it. You speak about his beliefs, but to be honest I don’t think they have beliefs, their speech is polls oriented.

  10. Norjak71 May 2, 2016

    Ben Carson is another just like Ted Cruz who refuses to let go of the religious talk for just a moment and talk politics. I have no doubt in my mind he is an incredibly smart individual but prayer wont heal this nation, a strong foreign policy will. He has attacked trump before and now is backing him? It makes no sense at all. His believes are so diluted and distorted it makes me wonder if its all a political stunt.

  11. oportosanto April 26, 2016

    Interesting that you notice that and in fact something as simple as reading is something extremely important that can turn our life around. I see that with my kid who is reading less and his grades are coming down.

  12. Deka April 26, 2016

    I think his life story is very interesting. Back when he was younger, he wasn’t really at the top of the class. But then, his mother required him and his brother to study and read twice a week. This lead to him being from the bottom of the class going to the top.

    Another interesting part of his childhood life is his anger issues. He knows about this anger issue and there was even a time that he was about to hit his mother so he looked himself in the bathroom. And he read the bible in the bathroom and that was what made him be able to control his anger management issues.

    Since then, he has graduated from high school and college and has finished medical school as well. He has performed neurosurgeries as well fro complicated cases too. He has written a book about these surgeries and it has gotten international attention as well.

    Is Carson fit to be a president? I don’t know… I think we can only really know if one does win for presidency and shows his abilities and skills. What I will say though is that he is very smart and has faith, that’s some of the qualities we might need in a president. Are these enough though? Of course not, the candidate must have experience too to be able to handle the difficulties of being a president.

  13. LeonasSword April 25, 2016

    Personally, I believe Carson was a failed endeavor to get out the minority vote for the Republican side. But anyone kens, Ben Carson isn’t going to have much pull when it comes to minority votes. He leans more towards the white Baby Boomer church crowd in that aspect. But it’s good to ken that racial opinions are shifting for the better when it comes to the elderly. An ebony republican is a good commencement for equipollence where this is none.

    I’m ecstatic he showed leniency and suspended his campaign afore things got unsightly. He would be a decent Board of Health Director. Not the best cull for President of our Amalgamated States. As for fortifying Trump… I don’t inculpate him. At least he kens he’s getting paid. Cruz seems akin to a guy with a briefcase full of I.O.U.’s.

  14. Keith Ogilvie April 23, 2016

    An intelligent, well educated, rational man with a solid, professional careeer history…never stood a chance really. More seriously, Carson is a great choice for Congress but is lacking at the highest level to make his mark. He doesn’t play the media games needed to elevate himself above other potential candidates.

  15. zod93 April 22, 2016

    It is so interesting and also should be discussed how such a smart and medically famous person could run for office and end so badly.

    I love how the media looked at him as a good doctor, a heart surgeon but once they met with his interesting ideas everyone was surprised. This really shows the depth behind people, an raises awareness about the things we dont know about politicans.

  16. oportosanto April 21, 2016

    @faye, don’t forget that is approval rating is just made by 7 votes, so if you cast a negative vote that rating will drop. I agree that he will not run all the way through.

  17. faye1232212 April 19, 2016

    I am very surprised at his approval rating to be honest. I mean, he’s a good candidate but I don’t think he is fit to run this country better than some of the others. He has experience but I think that his personality is a little too dry and methodical for my liking. He has some good views on things but for the most part all that I see is a doctor…not a potential president.

  18. jamesandrews April 19, 2016

    I think we all like Ben Carson, but he just didn’t inspire folk in the same way that a Trump or a Sanders does.

    His exceptional medical career, and his appeal to certain important demographics, might have made him a good choice for the republican nod. But not this time round. Watch this space, though – his time may very well come…..

  19. eduguy April 19, 2016

    It does seem like he has had a good education, and it was definitely a smart idea to suspend his campaign. He does seem to have been a decent candidate, though I do not agree with Carson’s decision to back Trump after suspending his own campaign.

  20. martinearletara April 17, 2016

    Personally, I believe Carson was a failed attempt to get out the minority vote for the Republican side. But anyone knows, Ben Carson isn’t going to have much pull when it comes to minority votes. He leans more towards the white Baby Boomer church crowd in that aspect. But it’s good to know that racial opinions are shifting for the better when it comes to the elderly. A black republican is a good start for equality where this is none.

    I’m glad he showed mercy and suspended his campaign before things got ugly. He would be a decent Board of Health Director. Not the best choice for President of our United States. As for supporting Trump… I don’t blame him. At least he knows he’s getting paid. Cruz seems like a guy with a briefcase full of I.O.U.’s.

  21. oportosanto April 15, 2016

    Well said pete, well said. I believe that this is a complex game of interests, so one runs to gather some supports in certain areas and later he will be rewarded.

  22. Nelson Ortiz April 15, 2016

    I feel every presidential canidate means well, and wants to do everything in there power to serve the nation the best that they can. However in order to do this you need to have a certain level of integrity. I feel Carson meets the minimal requirements in being exactly that. Id say give him a chance.

  23. petesede April 12, 2016

    Ben Carson is an interesting character in this year´s election. While he is touted mainly as a neurosurgeon, his real claim to fame is an author of Christian books. The reason he ever became a presidential candidate was because his books are displayed dominantly in books stores of almost every church across the south. You cannot walk into a many large churches without seeing his name and picture.

    With that said, he was mainly poised to run a campaign that would have been similar to Rick Santorum in 2012 or Mike Huckabee in 2008, where both of those candidates won 5-10 states, mainly in the deep south. Carson failed in this front, and I hate to admit it, but because in the south, racism plays a large role, and in many areas race plays more of a role than religion. And what happened is that Trump, mainly using racism, was able to win all of the deep south states, and even won the ´evangelical´ vote despite being pro-choice up until a few years ago and despite mispronouncing 2 Corinthians and running a campaign about as far from Christian values as you can get.

    It did not help that on a debate stage where in the early debates, you had 4-5 guys attacking and making personal attacks and sound-bit comments, that a subdued guy like Carson would get lost. In a 3-ring circus, the humble, intelligent brain surgeon is not going to get many second looks.

    But in the end, Ben Carson sold out his morals and jumped on the bandwagon. His ideology definitely aligns with a guy like Cruz, and even with Kasich… instead Carson, and even he admits it in interviews, joined someone who he doesn´t agree with on many things, just because ´he is winning´.

    Most people assume that he is playing for the job of Surgeon General if Trump wins. I am not so sure, I think he actually wants a job somewhere in education, which is a topic he talks a lot about and seems to have more passion for.

  24. George Edwards April 12, 2016

    Ah. Mr Ben Carson. He was supposed to be this highly intelligent, level-headed doctor who would lead America on greatness. Well, till he started talking, at least. To me, it is clear that Dr. Ben Carson is the “Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar” of doctors: not that many people have reviewed his services, but everyone who has seems to have a very strong opinion of him. And by “strong”, I mean “incoherent.”

    The whole deal about the grain silos made me question his judgement. When he announced support to Trump, I knew he was completely loco.

  25. JusApee April 11, 2016

    I read Ben Carson’s autobiography a few years ago and I’d lie if I were to say that I didn’t enjoy the lecture. He indeed is a great man and he’s really intelligent, but judging by the autobiography, I wouldn’t have seen him into politics. I personally think he would be a great president for thr US.

  26. oportosanto April 11, 2016

    He might be too smart to be elected, at the same time when he gives his support to Trump it just shows he is aligned with the system. Being aligned with Trump is surely not a good thing…!

  27. Anonymous April 8, 2016

    I didn’t mind Carson at first, he seemed like a harmless enough republican. (albeit with strange policies, but every politician is going to divide some groups.)

    There was the issue with the grain silos, (What? You are a brain scientist, not an expert in Egyptology. Not to mention the fact that their have been PROVEN to be tombs) which cast doubt on his judgement. But I thin k the felling blow was when he announced his endorsement for Trump. Carson spoke in a lofty and unifying fashion, but ended up backing the most divisive and brutal politician we have today.

  28. tskier01123 April 7, 2016

    The man was too smart to ever be elected into office. He didn’t talk about his penis in a debate like Trump or Cruz so he was marginalized by the media from day one. There have been enough lawyer presidents in the past, it’s time for the scientists to get a crack at it, but his message was distorted by the media because it was too coherent. Dr. Carson would have been what this country need, unfortunately we’ll probably never get it. Enjoy A Cruz/Trump presidency.


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