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Herman Cain admits fault, saying “This many white people can’t pretend that they like me!”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 31, 2011

Troubled Republican presidential contender Herman Cain – former CEO and Chairman of Godfather’s Pizza – spoke today, October 31, 2011 12:30 PM, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Video of the event is available on the NPC.org website.

In addition to fending off questions about the private settlement with two as yet-unknown females whom leveled charges of sexual harassment against him while he was President of the National Restaurant Association, he fielded questions about other issues and topics concerning his candidacy and potential as the GOP presidential nominee. The website Politico broke the harassment story Sunday evening, October 30, 2011.

As others have noted, it’s highly unlikely that as President of the association, he was unaware of any settlement, as he has so far claimed.

Mr. Cain made some serious fax pas in his responses to questions from attendees, among which were his broad characterization as race/ethnic relations as being “class warfare.”

And in response to a question about race relations – found 51:28 into the video – he delivered a genuine zinger with this statement,This many white people can’t pretend that they like me!

Hermie, you should consider being a side-kick for Dave Chappelle. You’re genuinely Not-Ready-For-Whitehouse material.

During many of his responses, he rambled, talked in circles, got off topic, and while he seemed to castigate alternative energy, he actually acknowledged – albeit obliquely – that the United States needs to be energy independent (which itself raises other concerns of independence and self-sufficiency, particularly and especially as it relates to domestic manufacturing).

A good example of his rambling answers is demonstrated in his response to the final question “When did it first occur to you that you thought you should run for president of the United States?,” to which he replied, “The day Barack Obama signed Obamacare… is when it really occurred to me. 

“Many of you all may know that I was a radio talk show host for five years leading up to President Obama getting elected… er, leading up to me running for president, rather. And when President Obama took office, I, like many Americans – I did not vote for him, by the way, so don’t get carried away – I, like many Americans, were hopeful that he would at least be a good president.

“I’ve never wished him to fail. That’s not good for this country. And when I saw his policies, and his lack of leadership, exhibited, I became deeply concerned.

“Obamacare isn’t something that the American people wanted. They didn’t want that solution. We have the best healthcare in America. I’m an example of that because of having survived Stage IV cancer.

“We have a healthcare cost problem. And I believe that in order to address the healthcare cost problem, not more government, less government, and allow the free market to deal with it.

“As the result of the weakening of America, we’re weaker economically, we’re weaker in terms of our dependence on foreign oil, we are weaker militarily – my priority will not be how, when and where we cut, cut, cut more out of defense. There are areas we need to invest in defense, in order to to rebuild our military might. And so, because I have been blessed to have achieved my American dream – I’m not a gajillionaire – but I was able to work, climb the corporate ladder, a couple of times, and become comfortable. My wife and I – of 43 years – we moved back to Atlanta. I was on my way to cruise control. And then, the country got off track. And I felt as if I needed to look at using my skills, talents and abilities – possibly – to help get this nation back on track. So, it didn’t start really as a consideration until after President Obama took office.

Afterward, at the host’s invitation, Mr. Cain was invited to give another singing performance as he did at the Omaha Press Club. Mr. Cain graciously accepted, and sang the first phrase from the Dottie Rambo classic gospel tune, “He looked beyond my faults.”

The lyrics, with commentary, follow below.

He Looked Beyond My Faults

Amazing Grace…Will always be my song of praise.
For it was grace, that brought me liberty,
I do not know, just why He came to love me so.
He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross, where Jesus died for me
How marvelous, His grace that caught my falling soul
He Looked beyond my faults and saw my need.

(Instrumental)

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross, where Jesus died for me
How marvelous, His grace that caught my falling soul
He Looked beyond my faults and saw my needs,
He Looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.

What is particularly interesting to observe, is his choice of songs. Not that the song is a bad, or poor song, but rather because of the perspective from which the song emerges – one of a penitent. And with regard for Christian theology, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to acknowledge that perspective, but it is particularly interesting that he chose that song amidst allegations of impropriety.

Perhaps it’s an unconscious admission of guilt.

Either way, Mr. “999,” Herman Cain is history.

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