Dr. Benjamin Carson (Photo Credit: ABC's "This Week")
Dr. Benjamin Carson continues to appear in media to discuss his memorable National Prayer Breakfast speech. On Sunday, the neurosurgeon went on ABC's "This Week," where he, again, expressed surprise at the reaction he's received thus far. Of particular note, Carson, 61, responded to ongoing questions surrounding whether he'll inevitably seek elected office.
As we've noted, some have questioned whether Carson's speech was predicated upon an urge to make a splash on the national stage. With such a prominent platform as the National Prayer Breakfast, political observers wondered if Carson had crafted his fascinating words in hopes of officially entering the political sphere.
But in an interview with TheBlaze last week, the famed doctor, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, made it clear that he was simply sharing important views -- opinions he holds dear -- about America.
In speaking with Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl for his "This Week" appearance, Carson said that he didn't see his speech as overtly political, as many have alleged. To the contrary, he noted that he was simply calling out important issues that many Americans could relate to.
"I don't think it was particularly political," Carson said. "You know, I'm a physician. I like to diagnose things. And, you know, I've diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with."
With Carson telling TheBlaze that his schedule has become even more packed since the National Prayer Breakfast, one can't help but wonder what's coming next. This summer, he's planning to retire from medicine. And while it's not his intention to seek political office, he says he's open to whatever plan God has for his life.
"That's not my intention," he said of political campaigning. "But I always say, 'I'll leave that up to God.'"
Watch Carson discuss his openness to God's plan for his life, below:
Regardless of whether he seeks political power, Carson has repeatedly offered Americans balanced advice regarding how to interact with one another. During his "This Week" appearance he, once again, called for "intelligent conversation," specifically when it comes to coping with complex and divisive issues.
"I mean, it's unbelievable to me the way people act like third graders," he said. "And if somebody doesn't agree with them, they're this and they're that and, you know -- it comes from both sides. And it's just so infantile."
During the interview, Carson also noted his disagreements with some of President Barack Obama's policies, however he did call the nation's leader a "very talented politician."
(H/T: Yahoo!/ABC News)
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