R.I.P. Herman Cain

by Twisted History producer John Kelly

From: CNBC:

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with coronavirus.

The July 2 statement on Cain’s hospitalization said, “There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.” The Trump campaign said after Cain’s diagnosis that he had not met with the president at the Tulsa rally.

At age 74, Herman once survived stage 4 colon cancer, received a master's degree in computer science at Purdue University, while also working full-time for the U.S. Department of the Navy. 

In 1977, he moved to Minneapolis to join Pillsbury, soon becoming director of business analysis at age 36. Cain was assigned in the 1980s to analyze and manage 400 Burger King stores in the Philadelphia area. At the time, Burger King was a Pillsbury subsidiary. 

Cain's success at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather's Pizza. On his arrival on April 1, 1986, Cain told employees, "I'm Herman Cain and this ain't no April Fool's joke. We are not dead. Our objective is to prove to Pillsbury and everyone else that we will survive." Godfather's Pizza was performing poorly, having slipped in ranks of pizza chains from third in 1985 to fifth in 1988. Under Cain's leadership, Godfather's closed approximately 200 restaurants and eliminated several thousand jobs, returning to profitability.

In May 2011, Cain announced his presidential candidacy. By the fall, his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination. In November, however, his campaign faced allegations of sexual misconduct—all denied by Cain—and he announced its suspension. 

Just this past April 4, 2019, President Donald Trump said that he intended to nominate Cain to the second of the two vacant seats on the Federal Reserve Board.

Not to dredge up Herman's toughest moments after he's passed, but who can't appreciate a little honesty about NOT knowing the president of Uzbekistan:

R.I.P. Herman Cain

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