Politics

Meet Dr. Ben Carson, the New Conservative Folk Hero

There are two ways you might have heard of Dr. Ben Carson. If you’re a doctor or follow medicine, you might know of his great success — the youngest head of a major division at Johns Hopkins, one of America’s medical meccas; the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, back in 1987; a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner late in George W. Bush’s term. He was also mentioned on The Wire.

Or if you’ve tuned in to Fox News or clicked onto National Review Online in the last week, you’ve probably heard his praises announced in loud voice. Carson, who is head of pediatric neurosurgery at Hopkins, also made a brief appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday. Carson’s big break came when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 7. Here’s his keynote speech:

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