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originally posted by: olaru12
Even die hard Right wingers won't be able to rationalize this one away...
Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The academy has occupied a central place in Carson’s tale for years. According to a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy.
West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.
“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy. She said West Point has no records that indicate Carson even began the application process. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such,” she said.
When presented with these facts, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false.
originally posted by: deadeyedick
It is quite amazing how so many do not mind making their minds up without any facts or circumstances from any source other than a poorly worded article.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: Edumakated
Dude, you can not be serious. He ADMITTED it. There's no, "Well, maybe" about it. HE ADMITTED IT IS A LIE.
I'm so sorry, but - give it up. He's an also-ran. Who just gave out. There is also very firm support for the idea he lied about all of his childhood bully behavior. Seen that?
The guy is a fraud. At least he got to sell a bunch-o-books while he was in the limelight.
Wow. Talk about being thoroughly discredited. He bit it. Fin.
Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett wrote in an email to POLITICO. “In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.”
“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors,” Bennett added. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”