By: Sloane Hughes
Generally when you apply for a job the first thing you have to figure out is whether or not you have the qualifications. It ‘s not unheard of to, ahem, tweak your r ‘sum ‘ to make yourself seem like the best candidate, but if you ‘re going after a job you might not be cut out for, if you ‘re smart you certainly wouldn ‘t flat out tell that to whoever ‘s interviewing you. And if you ‘re the employer, you CERTAINLY wouldn ‘t hire someone if you knew they weren ‘t qualified.
Unless, of course, the position is as a high-ranking government official, and the employer is President Donald Trump.
Because then you can have literally zero applicable skills and say whatever the fuck you want and you ‘ll probably still get the job.
I ‘m sure you all remember Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who ran as a Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election. You ‘d think that someone who has the capacity to become a neurosurgeon would probably not be dumb as a post but Ben Carson is proof that, while you can learn a lot of things from textbooks, you can ‘t fix stupid.
In 2017 Donald Trump appointed Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a position for which he is about as qualified as Gary Busey would be qualified to perform a root canal.
And he proved this during a Financial Services Committee meeting when Rep. Katie Porter asked him if he knew what an REO ‘ which stands for Real-Estate Owned ‘ is, and he responded,
“An Oreo? ‘
‘ Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) May 21, 2019
I don ‘t know what ‘s more terrifying ‘ the fact that he, as the SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT doesn ‘t know THE MOST BASIC HOUSING TERMS and is grossly unqualified to run a government department, or anything more complex than an ant farm honestly, or the fact that THIS DUDE USED TO OPERATE ON PEOPLE ‘S BRAINS.
Of course Ben Carson is involved in the great Oreo REO confusion debacle https://t.co/76YsLganqf
‘ Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 21, 2019
Do you know what a house is?
Ben Carson: Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies?
‘ Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 21, 2019
He then tried to recover from this absolute magnum opus of blunders by buying a box of Oreos for Rep. Katie Porter and trying to make light of the situation, which obviously backfired because fucking duh.
I, too, would stress-eat cookies after being publicly exposed for not knowing the basics ins and outs of my job https://t.co/FCtJOy2Goa
‘ Kim Bellware (@bellwak) May 21, 2019
Owning the libs by reminding everyone you have no idea what the fuck you're talking about.
‘ Gabe Ort ‘z (@TUSK81) May 21, 2019
me, not an intellectual: theres no way katie porter was asking about cookies
ben carson, a brain surgeon: she was definitely asking about oreos
‘ ? ? ? ? (@ManlnTheHoody) May 21, 2019
it's funny because the joke is you dont understand a simple yet essential part of your job and are a totally unqualified hack. LAUGHTER ENSUES!
‘ Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) May 21, 2019
‘ Miles Klee (@MilesKlee) May 21, 2019
Hahaha it ‘s funny that you are not qualified for your job and you treat it as a joke and your salary that you don ‘t need or deserve comes from people who pay taxes (the money they pay actually makes a difference in their day-to-day lives), good one Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD https://t.co/r5YwmoSwzw
‘ Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) May 21, 2019
To the people who put him there, Ben Carson having no idea what ‘s going on at HUD is by far his biggest qualification
‘ Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 21, 2019
Once again congrats to Ben Carson on single-handedly reversing the meaning of “It ‘s not brain surgery ‘
‘ Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) May 21, 2019
reminder that ben carson is almost certainly HUD secretary because Donald Trump saw the word “urban” and figured the department head had to be a black person
‘ b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 21, 2019
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