Ben Carson announced his presidential candidacy Monday at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit, and it was unlike any campaign announcement we've ever seen. There were choirs, his wife played the violin, and he talked about drug dealers bringing him candy as a child. It was amazing.
Here are nine of the top highlights:
You can buy the choir's cover of "Lose Yourself" on iTunes, and its music video for the song has been viewed nearly one million times.
(if you squint)
Candy Carson on violin for the national anthem pic.twitter.com/AX4L3ST11y
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She would make a talented first lady.
Carson walked around the stage with one of those microphones that goes around your ear. If you didn't know any better, you would think it was a TED Talk.
"I remember when our favorite drug dealer was killed," he said. "They used to bring up candy."
Carson said if he talked about beating his wife in a game of pool, the media would go with the headline: "Carson admits he beats his wife."
"I don't want to be a politician," said the man who just announced he's running for president.
Carson said slick politicians and biased media tell us that the economy is better than it actually is. "You can make the unemployment rate anything you want it to be," he said.
A glorious ending to a glorious announcement.