Ben Carson learned a valuable lesson today while speaking at a rally in Cedar Rapids, IA — children aren't the best audience for rhetorical questions. According to The Des Moines Register, Carson asked a group of children from Isaac Newton Christian Academy in the crowd, "As a fifth grade student, I was a horrible student. Anybody here in fifth grade?"
When the kids raised their hands, he continued, "Who's the worst student?" What was obviously meant to be a simple segue into his riff on going from terrible fifth grade student to neurosurgeon — think George W. Bush's famous quote about being a C student — things got awkward. Unfortunately, they didn't just get awkward for Carson.
The poor kid was invited backstage to meet Carson. According to the Register, Carson told him he "wants him to become a neurosurgeon." Right now, the fifth-grader — he's been identified, but let's not make the kid's future Google results any more painful — might just want to focus on writing what is sure to be hilarious intro chapter to his memoir.