9 Things from Herman Cain's Book That He Should've Kept To Himself
On the campaign trail, staff refers to Cain as "Cornbread"
If there's one thing we've learned from reading through Herman Cain's book "This is Herman Cain!, My Journey to the White House," it's that he's an over-sharing person who's not easily embarrassed. His book is only 170 pages, if you don't include the appendices. That's just enough room to include just the vital information, without going into the extra, superfluous stuff. But "The Hermanator," as he calls himself, seems to have no filter. He includes information in his book that not only probably would've been best kept private, but might cost him some potential votes, if not book sales. No wonder his communications director quit his campaign a week ago. After reading through his book, Loop 21 has identified nine points made by Cain, that he probably should've kept to himself.
1. QUESTIONABLE FRIENDSHIPS
Forget that there are few black people who would publicly admit friendships with arch-conservatives like Glenn Beck and Neal Boortz. It's more telling that there are Republicans that wouldn't admit being friends with the polarizing Beck and Boortz. But Cain goes on the record saying that he's shared talk radio air time with his "colleague" Neal Boortz. "I don’t mind being on the radio with [Boortz] because I feel close to him," writes Cain. This is the same Boortz who said that Obama was "a bigger disaster to America than 9-11" and that Rep. Maxine Waters was the "dumbest member of Congress." Boortz also has little love for Atlanta where he says "We need more dead thugs in this city. And let their -- let their mommas -- let their mommas say, 'He was a good boy. He just fell in with the good crowd.' And then lock her ass up." Beck needs no introduction, and Cain says his endorsement was "nothing short than inspirational."
2. THEY CALL HIM "CORNBREAD"
On the campaign trail, one of Cain's staffers, Nathan Naidu, “insists that when [Cain is] president [Cain's] Secret Service name is going to be 'Cornbread.'” Naidu already refers to Cain as "Cornbread" on his campaign schedule. It probably could've been worse. They could refer to him as "Fried Chicken." Still, this doesn't seem like the kind of nickname a black person would admit in public.
3. THE RACIAL SUBVERSIVE
We've listed the ways in which Herman Cain displays his blackness proudly. At times in his book, he presents himself as a real racial rebel ... sorta. Describing a moment growing up in the Jim Crow South, Herman and his brother once drank from a "whites only" water fountain. Herman's revelation after this act of racial defiance? “The whites only’ water tastes just the same as the ‘coloreds’ does!”
4. THE DECIDER
We mention in Herman's black list how he's a proud Morehouse man. We also mention how Morehouse wasn't his first choice. Wrote Cain, “Before deciding to attend Morehouse, I had also applied to the University of Georgia as well as to the Georgia Institute of Technology -- Georgia Tech -- and I was not really surprised when those two state-funded schools denied me admission. Having been desegregated for only two years, they chose to keep enrollment of black students to a minimum … My decision to attend Morehouse was one of the best I ever made.” -- Uh, you didn’t decide to attend Morehouse. It sounds like Georgia Tech and University of Georgia decided that for you.
5. NOT A VICTIM
Cain claims throughout his book that he doesn’t believe in victim talk. In fact, he said of the #OccupyWallStreet protests, that they were engaging in victim mentalities, and that if you were a young protester that wasn't rich, or employed for that matter, you should "blame yourself." You'd think then that everything Herman achieved in terms of wealth and employment, he got on his own. But not so. In the example above, he complains that he wasn’t able to get into the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech because he was black. And then he complains in his book that he wasn't able to get promoted to vice president when he worked at Coca-Cola because of an “obstacle to my advancement.” That obstacle, he said, was being known as a “chauffeur’s son" since his father drove the car for the CEO of Coca-Cola. That "would always limit my future opportunities there,” wrote Cain, and he “was always going to be viewed in that predominantly white corporate culture as 'the chauffeur's son'" and "not as the mathematician and computer scientist I actually was.” Poor Cain. But if he's going to blame others for adopting "victim" excuses, then he should probably refrain from doing so himself.
6. BURGER KING
Herman Cain studied at Burger King University for ten days. There's no punchline to that, that's just the truth ... a truth he probably didn't need to share with us.
7. UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE EATEN BY ALLIGATORS
It's one thing to disagree with immigration reform policies that allow pathways to citizenship. It's entirely another thing to say that immigrants should be sent on a pathway to be eaten by crocodiles. In the book, the Hermanator gloats that he once said to a crowd "What do the Republicans want? Do they want a moat, with alligators? ... Yes! Bring on the alligators! And make it a real big moat! ... I don't think it's uncompassionate. If they can get into the moat and get over my fence, which is going to be twenty feet high, and they can out-swim the alligators, I'd give them a job!"
8. HALF OF AMERICANS ARE STUPID
Cain says the reason his message resonates with people is because “as you know and I know, 50 percent of the American public are clueless as to what’s going on. And that simply means that the rest of us have to work harder to get smarter people to the polls to basically outvote those that are clueless.” In announcing his belief that half of American people are stupid, he probably cut out half of his potential book sales, and half of the potential votes he might muster. Even if he truly does hold such a low opinion of his fellow Americans -- and we're convinced he sincerely thinks this -- that's probably something he should keep between himself and his campaign strategists.
9. STEPIN FETCHIT
Talking about "The Daily Shows" Jon Stewart, and the comedian's parodies of him, Herman says, "I find it hilarious that he mocks me in the tone of Amos 'n' Andy and Stepin Fetchit." There are very few black people today who will admit publicly that they find minstrel routines "hilarious," but it seems that Cain hasn't gotten used to the tap-dancing.
Also read "9 Reasons Why Big Daddy Cain is Black" and "9 Signs of the Kind of President Herman Cain Would Be" as part of today's Herman Cain 999 series.