This is what I feared: Barack Obama’s irresponsible and deluded belief that being elected President makes him the Authority In All Things—the belief that I have referred to as the result of a flat learning curve, would become a precedent luring future POTUSes into mischief. Sure enough, here is Ben Carson presuming to tell terrified people confronted by a mad gunman how to behave.
Ben Carson doesn’t have a clue how to be President, much less how to play hero. He has no relevant experience with either challenge, and this most recent silly statement, and it’s not his first, shows why Carson should stick to the operating room. I covered a lot of this issue here, pointing out that the theoretical, hindsight heroes who just knew they would have reacted better than Mike McQueary when he witnessed Jerry Sandusky apparently molesting a child in a Penn State gym shower are engaging in convenient self-glorifying fantasies.
Carson is just as bad. He has no idea how he would respond when threatened by a man with a gun until it happens to him. Even if he did have some wisdom to offer, and he clearly does not, this issue is not a legitimate topic for a presidential candidate to be offering guidance, any more than opining whether Yankee manager Joe Girardi should have benched Jacoby Ellsbury in last night’s AL Wild Card play-off game. This ridiculous idea that the President is a combination of Ann Landers, The Answer Man and Professor X diminishes the office and warps the public’s understanding of their government.
There are boundaries. The President has influence and power, and therefore has a duty to know where those boundaries are. Obama doesn’t because he’s a pathological narcissist without discipline or common sense, not because it’s what Presidents are supposed to do or have done in the past. By all means, Carson needs to study up and learn what the office he’s seeking entails. Obama is not the place to start.
He’s the worst conceivable role model.