“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 recalls. “At the conclusion of the program, the president approached me to shake my hand and thank me for my participation.”
“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “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.”
I really don’t think any staffer would have called Carson asking for an apology without Pres. Obama knowing about it. What is funny about this is that there’s nothing provocative in Carson’s speech. It’s a good speech from a down-to-earth, intelligent guy who sounds like he has a shred of common sense about addressing the country’s problems.
Everything I’ve ever heard about Barack Obama is that he really is thin-skinned. He consumes news media on the internet and television obsessively and absolutely hates criticism.