GOP Hopefuls a No-Show, Viewers asking: Who is Herman Cain?

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GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Last night’s first GOP debate for the 2012 presidential election surprised viewers in two notable ways. Absent were the more expected might run’s – Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin.  Present was one face who is not without renown but is not known as well to the broader public – Herman Cain.

Early on in the debate, a show of hands from the participants was asked as to who favored release of photos of Osama bin Laden’s death.  Cain was the only one who opposed such release, and later explained in an interview with Sean Hannity that he sees more potential outcry and retaliation that could be inflamed by the photos than benefit to the curious.

So who IS Herman Cain?

Cain was born to working class parents in Georgia, pursued his education through Morehouse College and the U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University.  His credits are too many to mention in this article, but some of those include:  Horatio Alger Award Recipient, former Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, former Chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza (not the “founder” of the same, as some media title balloons indicated, he actually was appointed to that position by Pillsbury when Godfather Pizza was in serious trouble – he returned that franchise to profitability within 14 months, and subsequently, together with other investors, purchased the chain in 1988).  Cain is a legendary speaker, a syndicated columnist, a radio talk show host and commentator for Fox News Business, has engaged in considerable political activism and pursuits, and the list goes on.

At a rather pricey expo, “Playing 2 Win, 2009 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference held in Las Vegas in April, 2009,” Cain was one of the keynote speakers.

This reporter, though not representing any press at the time, was in attendance and found him captivating.  His counsel to businesses facing a toughening economy was threefold:  Simplify, Stabilize (de-leverage) and Energize.  Illustrating his point he drew upon his approach to the failing Godfather Pizza chain when he stepped in to rescue it.  One of the first things he identified was “too many crrrrruuuusts, toooo many crrrrrusts!” He rolls his “r’s” in an engaging way as he  says it.  The point is, Cain has acumen for focus and identifying target points – as he said, simplify, stabilize and energize.  For conservatives, his emphasis on de-leveraging ought to please.  And perhaps, if elected to preside of this Country he might identify it as having “too many crrrrrrrusts!”

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