Skip to comments.Herman Cain says his White House would drop celebrity visits and inaugural balls
Posted on 09/28/2011 9:01:42 AM PDT by justsaynomore
If elected president, Herman Cain is promising that you wont find many Hollywood celebrities on the invite list for dinners at the White House.
My guest lists for state dinners and other important occasions will be light on A-list celebrities and heavy on normal Americans who work each day to restore our nation to greatness, Cain promises in his book This is Herman Cain, which goes on sale Oct. 4.
The autobiography tells of Cains rise to CEO of Godfathers Pizza and president of the National Restaurant Association. But the GOP presidential candidate also goes into detail about how his White House would differ from those of other presidents.
The long-shot candidate, who has earned more attention recently by winning the Florida Straw Poll over the weekend, also promises to sharply decrease the number of inaugural night balls.
I will reduce the number of protocol-oriented events that presidents are seemingly required to attend, he writes. At a time of deepening national crisis, I simply cannot afford to allocate valuable time to things that do not advance solutions to this nations problems.
Cain also promises in the book that, unlike the practice of certain previous administrations, there will be no paying guests staying in the Lincoln Bedroom.
He says members of his administration from the most junior clerical person to my chief of staff will also be expected to have a copy of the Constitution of the United States nearby. (RELATED: Cain annoyed by stupid questions from Ron Paul supporters)
Cain has never held elective office before and doesnt have any foreign policy experience. In his book, he pledges to convene a summit meeting of the heads of state and also the leaders of the opposition parties of our trusted allies thirty days into his term.
Doing so will enable me to outline my views on foreign affairs, Cain writes, as well as to take the measure of the men and women with whom I will most closely work in resolving the tensions that are eroding our confidence.
Cains book also includes entertaining items, including his desire for his Secret Service codename to be cornbread. He writes that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who has since dropped out of the presidential race asked him to play tic-tac-toe with him at commercial breaks during one of the debates.
Yeah but.....the King needs his fancy balls and parties every Wednesday night. Isn’t that what Kings do? Oh....I forgot, we haven’t had a King.........until recently.
other than waiting on SP, i will vote for this guy.
Anyone asked Cain about his stand on bailing out the Eurozone?
SP seems to really like him also.
I need to send him some more $.
It’s We The People against the unions, the lobbyists, the bankers, and the takers. We need to come through as long as there is still more of us than them.
I have no problem with an inaugural ball
What a relief it would be to have a real president again.
why not just bulldoze the wh, as others have suggested?????
is the wh a symbol of a free republic, or is it a symbol of royalty and extravagance?????
He's made himself the "perfect candidate". Rhetoric
Inaugural balls and state dinners will cost a flock of a lot less than bailing out the EU :-)
Well we probably don’t need 40 of them but lets keep at least one ball.
I just love this guy.
A true citizen President. How refreshing. I love this man’s leadership style.
“Some balls are held for charity and some for fancy dress...”
Nice jab. Keep em coming Herman. Obambi is on the ropes.
Now, if you would only pick Allen West for your VP...
I want a FREEPER BALL like in 2001!!!!
Good for him! He’s right that the presidency should be taken back out of the celebrity sphere.
Cain has created a record through his writings, speeches, and radio show going back for at least a decade. He has fought for conservatism going back because it is part of who he is, not part of any “platform”.
I don’t put a lot of stock in voting history because politicians sell out. I put MORE stock in who a person is and their character because that is a better indicator of what they will do in government. Cain is an open book if people take the time to research him.
huh? You dissin Cain? You actually think a private citizen with his resume is less qualified than Barry? I think that is what you are saying. if so.. lol.
I ONLY!!! vote for pro-2A candidates.
Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are both pro-gun.
Cain flunks the gun rights test.
Although Cain says he supports the Second Amendment, in the next breath he says he fully supports any and all state gun control/prohibitions.
That is like supporting federal rights for women and blacks, but allowing women and blacks to be slaves if the state laws permit them to be slaves.
I will not support any candidate who allows, and favors, individual states to outlaw guns, or to take away womens voting rights, or to allow slavery, or to prohibit free speech, etc. .
On Cain’s website you can get an autographed collectors edition of his book (referenced in the article) with a $150.00 donation to the campaign.
There should be a short list of other presidential time-wasters that could also be eliminated.
Number one is the State of the Union address. Required by the constitution, originally it was a document sent by the president to congress. Today it has become a stupid dog & pony show, used by the POTUS to blather. By going back to written text, a week or more would be saved for everyone concerned.
There is no good reason at all for heads of state photo ops. That is why we have a Secretary of State. “Their people” and “our people” can quietly iron out any agreements of substance beforehand. Then the documents can be signed and delivered to the other leader.
While there are endless reasons to travel internationally, for things like funerals, meeting the US military “in the field”, etc., these are all things that could be done just as well by the Vice President.
Likewise, whenever there are floods and other disasters, a flyover by the POTUS is downright stupid. No, he isn’t showing that he “cares”. About the only exception to this rule is that he should greet returning casualties and their families if there is a major military disaster overseas. This is not something that the POTUS can delegate.
Presidential powers that should be eliminated include the truly awful and unconstitutional “Presidential Signing Statement”, which should be outright banned.
And even more important, the idea that it is the president’s job to create a budget for congress to ignore. Cabinet officers should do so, for their area of interest, but not the president himself.
In fact, the president should propose an “anti-budget”, a list of things that congress should *eliminate* from the budget. This would be short of a line item veto amendment, but would put pressure on congress to cut back.
For their part, congress should seriously and publicly have to contend and debate such cutbacks. And the masters of pork would have to show themselves defending their billion dollar pet projects.
Way to go, Bon Scott.
Why are you so interested in Allen West? He’s had at least 2 questionable votes. I like his history a lot and almost all of what he says but those 2 votes bother me. And I don’t think we need both the POTUS and the VP with NO federal executive experience. There are other choices. I pick Gingrich for his experience and past success - and yes, he has that baggage but we need someone who has shown he knows how to get results.
“Cain flunks the gun rights test.”
Why do you keep posting this after you are shown to be clearly wrong:
Herman Cain is 200% pro 2nd Amendment. What he said in the Blitzer interview (mentioned on that link you posted) was taken to mean that he believed states could overrule the 2nd amendment. He does not believe that and he explains here:
(at the 10:17 mark) I strongly support the 2nd amendment. I said that some things should be left up to the states, for example, if the states want to require background checks, let the states decide that. But I did not in ANY WAY mean states had a right to restrict access to owning firearms. So that was the misunderstanding.
I am hoping and praying that I get the opportunity to vote for this man as the Republican nominee for President.
SO? That’s called FUNDRAISING. You do understand they have have to have money to campaign right? He’s still the fiscal conservative, even campaigning. In Florida, Cain spent $2500 to Perry’s $2million.
If you don’t want to make a large donation, you can also go to Amazon and get the book for $15.50
How about instead of ANY Inaugeral Festivities, the next President DECLARE a FULL Week of prayer, repentance and fasting.
Yer too ez—give him a housing allowance equal to an E-4, and an office in an old blown-out strip-mall—good enough for any politician...or any of them can fend for themselves....
apparently, most folks still want a king, whether they are conscious of it or not...
The first, and biggest ball, would invite members of the Armed Forces, selected at random and none above the rank of major. The selection pool would be based on the number of tours to Iran, Afghanistan, and other theater of operations against the global war on terrorism, and their return dates. Who else has bought and paid for this level of recognition?
The second, and slightly smaller, ball would invite all the Governors and their wives. This ball would emphasize the historical importance of the states in the Federal Government. It would also serve as a spring board for an new Constitutional Amendment replacing the 17th Amendment, just like the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition (the 18th Amendment).
The third, equal in size to the first, ball would invite business people, including farmers. They would be selected form the individual states and would come from the bottom third of all businesses/farms. It is acknowledged that small businesses are the engine of the American Economy why not show it?
The final ball would invite the ambassadors of all functional democracies/representative republics. The criteria here would be how closely do these governments mirror our founding fathers and their founding fathers. Those DIMOs (democracies in name only) that make up the bulk of the UN membership would be excluded. It is important that America work with like minded nations for everyone’s future. So, why not demonstrate this at a very high and public level?
The rest of the Beltway denizens can have their own parties. This would demonstrate how unimportant these people on the “A”, “B”, “D” (democrat) and “R” (republican) lists really are.
Sorry for the length.
BTW, I understand TANSTAAFL, but you need to explain BOHICA.
i think cgalen has another agenda...
I’m more pro-gun than you are (I guarantee it).
And you are spamming Cain threads with distorted summaries of quote snippets.
I suggest you track down the complete sentence, maybe paragraph that Cain said, and the question he responded to, and post THAT.
Otherwise, you’re just playing dishonest politics.
Huh? What’s your point? Did you read the comment I was replying to?
The poster said they were a Sarah supporter, liked Cain and wanted to donate. I figured they may like to get a collectors edition of the book and maybe learn more about the candidate while making the donation. I personally think it’s a great idea and purchased several as Christmas gifts for some relatives.
I think many of us SP waiters will join the Cain Train if she doesn’t run. While we were watching Sarah last night I told my hubby she wasn’t running but she would endorse Cain. That, of course, was just a reaction to what she was saying, I don’t pretend to know what she is really thinking! ;-)
She has said all along she wouldn’t run if the right candidate entered...........
If citizen A's wishes are not carried out in favor of the wishes of a greater number of his fellow citizens in a particular state, the system was set up to afford citizen A the freedom to relocate himself to another state who's citizens’ beliefs are more in line with his own.
Our Founding Fathers were some pretty smart dudes.
I thought you were trying to make a point that $150 was extravagant for a book.
If you weren’t, then I apologize. I have been having to deal with Ron Paul trolls, Obamabots and haters all day.
Agreed. But who would heed it. The world would revolt at the idea that they need to repent of anything. Unfortunately, so would most of the church.
Talk like that will have the establishment elites in a huff.
And your doing a great job at dealing with those trolls and haters. Your responses have been point on and quite frankly have satisfied some of my own personal concerns regarding 9-9-9. Your a very effective advocate for Cain. My wife and I are with you 100% and are spreading the word to the folks here in our South Jersey community.
You didn’t double-post this time! You’re getting better, Noob.