Note that Dr. Benjamin Carson serves on the national advisory board of Ms. Parker's organization. The conservative Republican commentator disagrees with conservative commentator Cal Thomas, who argues that Dr. Carson's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was an inappropriate venue to criticize U.S. President Obama's policies: "Although Dr. Carson did mention these various aspects of how we manage — or mismanage — our national affairs, he never once referred to the president or associated his comments on these issues with any political party. And to the extent to which President Obama might have taken Dr. Carson's remarks as personal criticism, it would only be in the sense of 'If the shoe fits, wear it.' To the contrary, Dr. Carson began his remarks with citations from Proverbs and Chronicles, and tied the issues he spoke about to his broader theme about the moral crisis of our nation today. He talked about the moral decay of ancient Rome and how 'they destroyed themselves from within.' And he then expressed optimism about Americans being able to solve our problems because 'we are smart' and that 'we have some of the most intellectually gifted people leading our nation.' No, if President Obama was offended by Dr. Carson's penetrating remarks, it is because the president had to be the one losing perspective of the moral tone of the event and Dr. Carson's observations."