Herman Cain: Barack Obama’s not a ‘strong black man’ like MLK

In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Georgia businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he wasn’t questioning President Barack Obama’s racial authenticity when he declare that liberals are afraid “a real black man might run against Barack Obama.” From the Q&A:

Cain: A real black man is not timid about making the right decisions, that’s what I meant. Look, I’m not getting into this whole thing about President Obama. It is documented that his mother was white and his father was from Africa. If he wants to call himself black, fine. If he wants to call himself African-American, fine. I’m not going down this color road.

NYT: But you’re saying he’s not really a black man.

Cain: Not in terms of a strong black man that I’m identifying with. I identify with a strong black man like Martin Luther King Jr., or my dad, Luther Cain Jr., who didn’t have a lot of formal education, but he had a Ph.D. in common sense.

If you want Cain to expound on the topic, he’s celebrating Social Media Day by hosting a 6 p.m. “meet-up” at Perimeter Hotel and Suites, 11 Perimeter Center West, in Dunwoody.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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113 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

June 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

Yes, because it makes perfect sense to lecture Dunwoody residents on what a “strong black man” is like. Heh. Heh hehehehe….

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

June 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

Justice Clarence Thomas learned the lesson the hard way, and Herman Cain will, too – the lesson is as follows:

THOU SHALT NOT BE BLACK AND BE CONSERVATIVE.

atllaw191

June 30th, 2011
2:57 pm

Yeah…well strong black men don’t make stupid statements like Herman Cain!

BW

June 30th, 2011
3:03 pm

You know for a man who thinks he’s having his race used against him, he sure knows how to dish it out himself. No other race of people do this….NONE. Another sad day in a sad story.

KD

June 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

Unbelievable!

The Snark

June 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Cain did not inherit that “PhD in common sense” from his father.

Gene

June 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

Herman’s just jealous because Obama is a light skinned black man . Yeah I’m being sarcastic but good grief . This is the kind of stuff that perpetuates racism & its being said by a black man . If he ever gains any traction I hope he is called out on saying this .

amazing

June 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

Amen to Mr. Snark!

gm

June 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

Oh uncle will say anything to get attention: He is so stupid he dont know when he is being race baited.
I never heard one journalist ask if Bush was white enough compared to JFK, this is the kind of none sense you get from these rep party of bigots and idiots.

Jeb

June 30th, 2011
3:20 pm

Bush was not a smart man compared to Bonzo the chimp..

gm

June 30th, 2011
3:21 pm

Hey idiot Hermain: MLK was a civil rights leader Obama is the President of the United States, theres a difference.
I dont know which ones is the most stupid him or bachman””’

Road Scholar

June 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

I wonder if Mr. Cain has someone in mind for a “strong black man” for President? He isn’t it!

Ashley

June 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

Enter your comments here

WAW

June 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

With Cain as a candidate, the Republican Party can hit hard on race in the South and spin it away as “”just Herman speaking, you know we love Black Folks, just look at any Republican meeting… oh, just Herman, oh well”

E-Roll

June 30th, 2011
3:41 pm

If you have every listened to Herman Cain’s radio show you wouldn’t be surprised by this type of comment so I am not surprised that he has made such a loony comment.

Brenda

June 30th, 2011
3:43 pm

Looking forward to Jon Stewart getting hold of this!!!

FAN

June 30th, 2011
3:47 pm

sound like a fool cain all you doing is giving away your money for free tom you can do that by standing on the corner

Frederick Douglass

June 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

As stupid as Herman is, he’s probably referring to how much the president can bench press. Cain should feel like the loser he is, dumb assed Michele Bachmann declares she’s entering the race, and his so called followers drop him like a hot slice of Godfather’s pizza.

Last Man Standing

June 30th, 2011
3:51 pm

I see that the Herman Cain fan club is well-attended today. Too bad none of you are even in his league.

James

June 30th, 2011
3:51 pm

That’s a baseless and awful comment to make. Cain would never earn my vote.

td

June 30th, 2011
3:54 pm

Cain is correct about Obama being a weak President but it is not due to race. He is just another pink pantie wearing, bed wetting liberals.

Last Man Standing

June 30th, 2011
3:55 pm

James:

Why do I have the overwhelming feeling that you have always voted Democrat?

Big Daddy

June 30th, 2011
3:56 pm

Cain has yet to account for how he screwed employees out of millions of dollars when he was at Aquila.

Jamal

June 30th, 2011
4:02 pm

@ Last man standing

Why do I have a overwhelming feeling you are white & spend most of your days listening to am radio .

Grits

June 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

No one eulogizes himself more than President Obama. He is always a I, I, I… me, me, me… speaker. He must love himself more than even the Hollywood ’stars’. What an egotist.

Merman Cain at least makes sense in his speeches.

Ashley

June 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

It seems like Mr. Cain is floating on a cloud of godfather’s pizza. Instead of focusing on Obama’s manhood, maybe he should concentrate on the economy and the pessimism in this country. If it weren’t for men like MLK you my dear Herman Cain wouldn’t have a voice at all. Who are you to decide that the President of the U.S. is not a strong black man. With all the abuse that has been heap on him (some with just cause) I can concur that a weaker man would have faltered long ago. Why don’t we stop with the I more masculine than you rhetoric and get to the issues at hand. Because you sound like a little girl who’s having a tantrum. There are many things you can say about presidential candidates, but we can all agree it takes a strong man or woman to run for the highest office in the land.

Frederick Douglass

June 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

td @ 3:54,

What you’re pining for is a fake cowboy, or better yet a maverick. my personal belief is that many of you are disappointed that the president hasn’t been disqualified by some marital scandal, or pocketed some ill gotten cash. It must really chafe your loins that the birther crap didn’t bear fruit…….sick as hell.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

Well, you can say what you will, but so far, I don’t see anyone who can beat Bam in ‘12.

The Republican/Tea Party is involved in the game of one-upmanship — trying to see who can be the most provocative — who can say the weirdest, most outrageous thing.

Who can make the news with the best talking point of the day.

There’s not a candidate running for the Republican/Tea Party that has a clue about how to handle this mess — a mess created by both sides of the aisle. It’s the same ol’ song about reducing taxes, cutting regulations, freeing up business to do business, bringing jobs home and it’s nothing but horse hockey!

When will the Bush Tax Cuts kick in? It’s been nearly nine freakin’ years.

You guys are impotent. You’re bereft of ideas, but want one thing and that’s the power back. And, the last time you had the power you blew it, so you’re going to have to want for your turn again and it ain’t gonna be 2012.

Sogooden

June 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Herman Cain is as good for the African-American people as the Tuskegee Experiment. Oh, by the way I am African-American, so I can call this kettle exactly what he is….irrelevant.

Aquagirl

June 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

Cain should feel like the loser he is, dumb assed Michele Bachmann declares she’s entering the race, and his so called followers drop him like a hot slice of Godfather’s pizza.

Friggin’ hilarious!

Amused

June 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

more proof that Herman Cain does not like to read.

OMG...Really

June 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

As of 4:02 pm on June 30, 2011 Jamal officially owns Last Man Standing.

Treat him nice Jamal.

Terd Fergesun

June 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Cain is only stating the obvious. Obama has the leadership skills of the Captain of the Titanic. The plan is to tell the band to keep playing as we sink further into the economic hole and insist we need another 4 years of his failed policies. It is becoming more and more obvious every week as this man blunders his way into history that he can not lead. 2012 can not come soon enough for this country.

pb

June 30th, 2011
4:36 pm

Doubt MLK, if alive, would like to be identified with Herman Cain, since they would disagree on most everything politically. Cain just keeps saying dumb things. Not helping him in his run for President, except for a few supporters like ones on here, who think he is wonderful. Amazing.

Terd Fergesun

June 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

Jamal

June 30th, 2011
4:02 pm
@ Last man standing

Why do I have a overwhelming feeling you are white & spend most of your days listening to am radio .

Why do I get the feeling Jamal is a racist liberal of color whose only defense is the color of someone’s skin? Hmm, maybe his post that brings in the color of another person instead of a response of facts. You liberals own racism and that’s a fact.

OMG...Really

June 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

Terd Fergesun

It would seem like someone with a name ripped off from one of the funniest moments in SNL history would have at least a modicum of sense of humor.

td

June 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

Frederick Douglass

June 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

That fake cowboy’s presidency is looking better and better everyday now when being compared the bed wetting liberal.

yuzeyurbrane

June 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

Concerned

June 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

None of this really matters, CAN YOU SAY ONE TERM….

Say what you want!

June 30th, 2011
4:53 pm

OBAMA killed OSAMA!!!! remember that and you know who im speaking of, as far as Hermain the man can’t even give specifics on how to handle issues as POTUS what kind of leadership is that! That’s not leadership that’s a mo’fo that doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about.

bjohndawg

June 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

Funny stuff. Seems everybody wants to be President. I can see Charlie Sheen running,Heck then he can make CBS put him back on 2 and a half men.

Cain is good for a laugh….not much else. I think Republicans should dig up Reagan. He has a better chance of winning then the present field.

ReelCainSugah

June 30th, 2011
4:55 pm

Look at who Dr. King was and who Herman Cain is and you’ll see that Cain is right. If we give his children and grandchildren Viagara it will bring up the black man.

Say what you want!

June 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

I’d also like to see some of these republican/tea party conservatives to tell their elected officials to get off there ass’s and start getting things done to get this economy back on track, but no, they are hell bent on trying to make obama look bad so they can get the white house back, they want the economy to fail so obama will be voted out of office. Well we’ll see just how that works for them come 2012. They really don’t seem to understand they have NEW DEMOGRAPHICS to deal with and the fact they are becoming the MINORITY that’s what all this HATE really boils down to.
OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 30th, 2011
5:02 pm

@Terd: A year is a life-time in politics — time for the economy to turn and time for the Republican/Tea Party candidates to show how inept and how clueless they really are.

What it’s going to come down to is selecting between a known quantity — a president who may not be perfect, but is not an embarrassment — and a candidate that suffers from chonic hoof n’ mouth disease and who can’t discern between Libya and Lickskillet.

td

June 30th, 2011
5:17 pm

Clinton “Skink” Tyree

June 30th, 2011
5:02 pm

“a president who may not be perfect, but is not an embarrassment”

You are absolutely correct that this will be the strategy of the Democratic party and if they get away with it then Obama may be re elected. History shows that a second term of a President is usually a referendum on what the person did during their first term (remember Clinton “its all about the economy stupid”) but the Dems know if they run Obama on his record he loses. They are already using their liberal media friends to try to bash any potential conservative candidate so that the moderate will be the only one left standing.

It will be interesting to see who’s message will get out the best. Sort of the same strategy Barnes used against Deal.

gm

June 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

The Rep party has yet to pass one job bill since being elected back in Nov: no the bills the Dem passed were not perfect, but at least they were trying the retards you idiots selected are doing nothing but trying to make Obama fail.
How may times has the debt ceiling been raised under Bush? can you say 17 times you did not hear one hypocrite Rep whine about it did you?
How can anyone support these idiots? oh, I know why, the bigots on the right rather see the country in ruins then to let history show thise strong Black President of the United States help pulled America out the worst recession in history”

Ask them

June 30th, 2011
5:28 pm

Ask those Somali pirates and Bin Laden how strong he is. I bet Cain would have ordered air strikes to protect his political behind just in case something went wrong.

Mandy

June 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

You all and Herman Cain all deserve each other…nothing but name-calling and one-upsmanship…..puh[-lease….

Brent

June 30th, 2011
5:37 pm

Poor Herman, he had the audacity to actually step off that Democrat plantation.

Frederick Douglass

June 30th, 2011
5:46 pm

td @ 4:46,

The shoe thrower put the quintessenial icimg on Dubya’s presidency, that’s what’ll be memorialized in that blithering idiot’s legacy. I’m sure his picture looks good in your 1970ish wood paneled den, hanging over that 13 inch Motorola.