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That time Ben Carson called President Obama a ‘psychopath’

Dr. Ben Carson addresses the Republican National Committee luncheon Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the subject of an engrossing profile by GQ’s Jason Zengerle -- published in the magazine’s April edition -- which offered a glimpse into his background, temperament, and the motivation behind his (potential) presidential bid.

It's possible you've clicked on this piece, but haven't actually read it in full -- since most of the Internet over the past day or so seems to be stuck right around the story's very first line.

Earlier this month: [Joe Biden on Ben Carson comments: ‘I mean, Jesus. God. Oh, God.’]

In the opening anecdote, while critiquing the president's delivery during the 2015 State of the Union address, one of Carson's advisers tells him: "He looks good…He looks clean. Shirt's white. The tie. He looks elegant."

Not good enough for Dr. Carson.

"Like most psychopaths," Carson reportedly replied. "That's why they're successful. That's the way they look. They all look great." (Emphasis mine.)

Twitter noticed.

Anyway, it's worth reading the rest of the piece.