Dr. Ben Carson became a household name last year after he delivered a blistering critique of the Obama administration at the National Prayer Breakfast — all right in front of the president. Now, he’s revealing what happened immediately afterward (besides being audited by the IRS): He got a call from organizers asking him to apologize to President Barack Obama for offending him.
In an excerpt of Carson’s soon-to-be-published book obtained by the Daily Caller, the retired neurosurgeon recalls how organizers implored him to issue a mea culpa.
“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of the president, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
In fact, the excerpt goes on to say, the president even offered his hand to Carson afterwards.
“Many have commented that the president appeared to be uncomfortable during my speech, but I was not paying particular attention to him or his reactions, as my comments were really directed more at the American people than the people on the dais,” Carson writes. “At the conclusion of the program, the president approached me to shake my hand and thank me for my participation.”
So what about a run for the White House now that his status has risen?
“I have not felt called to run,” he writes. However, he adds, God could change that.
Carson’s book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” comes out May 20.