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An Enigmatic Presidential Candidate: Herman Cain

Updated on November 27, 2011

It would be an odd thing, having two black candidates, Obama and Cain, facing off in the race for president. If nothing more, it shows America has come a long way, as both candidates come from just normal backgrounds for the times they grew up in. Imagine, Obama as a teen, playing hoop in Hawaii, talking bad. Did he ever think about being President? Say what? Hardly. Same with Cain. The only thing on his mind was not civil rights but making more money than his dad. Period. But that is why America is so great. From normal roots, icons may happen.

At age 16, he dreamed of earning more than $10,000 a year (this was the late 50s) so he could obtain an American Express credit card. Later, he revised it to $20,000. It was not until his 50's that he began to entertain the thought of being president. Call it his second career. His parents were typical for that era of the 40s, poor and living on farms until they moved to Atlanta. His father worked as a janitor, barber and finally as drive for the CEO of Coca-Cola. It would be that job that changed everything for the Cain family and would allow Herman to move beyond low income. Although, Robert Woodruff was the CEO, white, he and Cain's father became good friends and Robert would give valuable stock shares of Coca Cola to Cain's father. In time, they grew in value, enough to take the family out of the low class standard. When Herman started college in 1963, the CEO gave even more money to help Herman. In college, Herman took remedial reading and worked in a gas station and at a local grocery store on weekends. He was a moderate drinker at parties and was first to be out on the dance floor. Herman hated his poor upbringing and seeing how his parents were servants for others. He would strive to better himself.

Oddly, Cain was ripe age for all the civil right movements for equality of the sixties, yet, Herman deliberately steered away from it all for purely personal reasons. He wanted to get ahead and did not think riots and radical parties would help him, but hurt him achieve his goal. So, he kept quiet. After college, he ended up in the US Navy working as a ballistics analyst and went to school at Purdue to earn a Master's degree in computer science. Once done, he took his first job at Coca-Cola in a low level manager in the 70s. He left for Burger King in 1978, in their Godfather Pizza division, where he remained through the 80s. It was not until the 90s he would register as a Republican. Prior to that, Cain was an Independent.

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      vrajavala 5 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      First of all, I hardly think that Obama grew up in "normal" circumstances: growing up in Indonesia, then abandoned by his mother to come to a plush Academy in Hawaii and then being mentored by sex pervert Communist, Frank Marshall Davis.

      Cain did not "avoid" Civil Rights issues, He said his father counseled him "to stay out of trouble." I would say that he made a great contribution to the movement by being a top student.

      Mr. Cain is a few months younger than me, and my father also counseled me to stay out of trouble with the Civil Rights movement, although I was a member of a campus organization. I'm Caucasian.

      The other thing that is hugely different between them is that Obama is only 7% Afro-American, 50%Caucasian and 43% Muslim. His ancestors were either slave owners or slave traders for the most part.

      Mr. Cain's parents, on the other hand, just get off the "plantation", with the clothes on their backs and no shoes.

      Big difference.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Ok.......but, he said himself his focus was on a better life and he did avoid the issues. I don't care, per se, not sure why you sound so bothered by it. What is normal to one reader may not be normal to others,again, subjective.

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      vrajavala 5 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      yes, but would you say that growing up in Indonesia, then being abandoned by his mother to come to live her parents and to be mentored by a sex pervert are "normal"?

      I think that's way outside of being "politically correct."

      I also just finished listening to the youtube series exposing Newt Gingrich's not-so conservative voting record, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAbYVMTur8

      So, I really think Mr. Cain is a good candidate, and even more so after (their democrats) smear attempt.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I like Cain, but I suspect he will fall in the polls. Is it a fact about the sex pervert issue? first, I have heard it. Once Obama was with the grandparents, I think his life was totally normal. Cain's does also for the time period (late 50s early 60s).

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      In a face off with Obama, I don't think Cain will stand. Obama wins !

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I agree.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      As to the women coming forward about the sex and affairs, it does seem a dark force is promoting it, yet, there must be something to it as well.

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