OP-ED: Herman Cain: An Exceptional American of African Descent

 

By John W. Lillpop

Herman Cain brings extraordinary credentials to his candidacy for U.S. President.

As documented at the reference he is the quintessential example of American Exceptionalism

He graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971, while he was also working full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy. Cain has authored four books: Leadership is Common Sense (1997), Speak as a Leader (1999), CEO of SELF (October 2001), and They Think You’re Stupid (May 2005). He also authored an article titled “The Intangibles of Implementation” in the technical journal Interfaces (Vol. 9, No. 5, 1979, pp. 144-147), published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

After completing his master’s degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for The Coca-Cola Company as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of Vice President by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King – a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time – managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, another of their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had taken Godfather’s Pizza from 911 stores down to 420 stores and reduced costs significantly. As a result of his efforts Godfather’s Pizza finally became profitable. In a leveraged buyout in 1988, Cain, Executive Vice-President and COO Ronald B. Gartlan and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he was asked to resign by the board. Later that year he became CEO of the National Restaurant Association – a trade group and lobby organization for the restaurant industry – where he had previously been chairman concurrently with his role at Godfather’s.

Cain became a member of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1992 and served as its chairman from January 1995 to August 1996, when he resigned to become active in national politics. Cain was a 1996 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award.

Cain was on the board of directors of Aquila, Inc. from 1992 to 2008, and also served as a board member for Nabisco, Whirlpool, Reader’s Digest, and AGCO, Inc.

Wow! This is a man who is running for office based on his abilities, eduction, and proven record of accomplishment.

Look at his background in economics!

Oh, did I mention that this American patriot just happens to
be black? An American of African descent as it were.

Because of his education AND practical experience, Mr. Cain has far more going for him than the color of his skin.

This is no intellectual elitist who speaks in ‘professorial’ baby talk which sounds terrific, but which completely lacks substance.

Herman Cain does not ‘talk down’ to people, nor does he woo voters with flowery promises of ‘Hope and Change,’ and other leftist campaign pap.

Herman Cain would never use the federal government to bankrupt American industry.

Herman Cain understands private enterprise. He HAS met payrolls and successfully managed multiple businesses.

Herman Cain would NEVER burden American taxpayers with a trillion-dollar stimulus plan.

Herman Cain would never promote job-killing regulations and higher taxes.

Herman Cain was a key player in defeating socialized medicine during the Clinton presidency.

Herman Cain would not make the closure of GITMO a major, or even minor, priority of his administration.

Herman Cain would never insist that terrorists caught on the battlefield be read their Miranda Rights and tried in civilian courts.

Herman Cain understands and respects the U.S. military.

Herman Cain is an American citizen and owns no baggage which challenges his eligibility to serve as President.

Herman Cain LOVES America!

Herman Cain MUST be on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012!

Herman Cain: Let’s CHANGE America back to the great nation we used to be!

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