"As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw from this presidential primary race? Ain’t going to happen."

Herman Cain November 8, 2011



"Silvio Berlusconi may be a media magnate, a billionaire, a target of endless probes and, quite possibly, Italy’s next prime minister. But most of all, he’s a ‘supersalesman,’ in the words of his leading political rival. And his favorite product is himself: “There’s no one on the world’s political stage that can compete with me,” says Berlusconi. “None of them has the history and the human substance that I have.”"

Newsweek Atlantic  May 14, 2001



FDR Elected For a Record Fourth Term On This Date in 1944

The Tasks Ahead: In returning Franklin D. Roosevelt to the White House for another four years, the American people placed on his already heavy shoulders gigantic and unmeasured problems.  A lesser man would have shuddered in contemplation of the roster:
The final prosecution of the war against Germany and Japan
The organization and perfection of machinery for maintenance of world peace.
The highly delicate task of winning Congressional approval on the admittedly explosive issues involved in American in a peace organization
Demobilization of troops once the war is won
Postwar reduction of the national debt, already well over $200,000,000,000.
Revision downward of the wartime tax structure, now a $47,000,000,000 annual burden on taxpayers.
Jobs

Newsweek  11/9/1944
FDR would live another 156 days.

FDR Elected For a Record Fourth Term On This Date in 1944

The Tasks Ahead: In returning Franklin D. Roosevelt to the White House for another four years, the American people placed on his already heavy shoulders gigantic and unmeasured problems.  A lesser man would have shuddered in contemplation of the roster:

  • The final prosecution of the war against Germany and Japan
  • The organization and perfection of machinery for maintenance of world peace.
  • The highly delicate task of winning Congressional approval on the admittedly explosive issues involved in American in a peace organization
  • Demobilization of troops once the war is won
  • Postwar reduction of the national debt, already well over $200,000,000,000.
  • Revision downward of the wartime tax structure, now a $47,000,000,000 annual burden on taxpayers.
  • Jobs

Newsweek  11/9/1944

FDR would live another 156 days.



Condi Rice appears on this week’s cover, but she made her first appearance 22 years ago as a fresh “Thirtysomething Bushie”.  And you political wonks may want to check out our Condi cover story from 2002 by Evan Thomas.

Condi Rice appears on this week’s cover, but she made her first appearance 22 years ago as a fresh “Thirtysomething Bushie”.  And you political wonks may want to check out our Condi cover story from 2002 by Evan Thomas.



Unexpected GOP frontrunner Herman Cain is on the cover of this week’s Newsweek, with the label, “Yes We Cain!” But while Cain is something of a newcomer to the political world, this isn’t the first time we’ve given the former businessman prime real estate in the magazine-  In 1994, Cain became a sudden celebrity after clashing with Bill Clinton over how much his health-care plan would cost employers. Here’s an excerpt from our 1994 piece, with a dash of casual racism to boot:

-THE HERMANATOR-
The Clintons would later blame ’Harry and Louise’, the fictional couple in the ads aired by the insurance industry, for undermining health reform.  But the real saboteurs are named Herman and John.  Herman Cain is the  president of Godfather’s Pizza and president-elect of the National  Restaurant Association.  An articulate black entrepreneur, Cain  transformed the debate when he challenged Clinton at a town meeting in  Kansas City, Mo., last April.  Cain asked the president what he was  supposed to say to the workers he would have to lay off because of the  cost of the “employer mandate.” Clinton responded that there would be  plenty of subsidies for small businessmen, but Cain persisted. “Quite  honestly, your calculation is inaccurate,” he told the president.  “In  the competitive marketplace it simply doesn’t work that way.  The  switchboard at Godfather’s was lit up with supportive calls.  It was as  if the small business community-a very large and politically powerful  group-had been told to march on Washington.  Cain, said Larry Neal, an  aide to Sen.  Phil Gramm, “was the lightning rod.”

Unexpected GOP frontrunner Herman Cain is on the cover of this week’s Newsweek, with the label, “Yes We Cain!” But while Cain is something of a newcomer to the political world, this isn’t the first time we’ve given the former businessman prime real estate in the magazine-  In 1994, Cain became a sudden celebrity after clashing with Bill Clinton over how much his health-care plan would cost employers. Here’s an excerpt from our 1994 piece, with a dash of casual racism to boot:

-THE HERMANATOR-

The Clintons would later blame ’Harry and Louise’, the fictional couple in the ads aired by the insurance industry, for undermining health reform.  But the real saboteurs are named Herman and John.  Herman Cain is the president of Godfather’s Pizza and president-elect of the National Restaurant Association.  An articulate black entrepreneur, Cain transformed the debate when he challenged Clinton at a town meeting in Kansas City, Mo., last April.  Cain asked the president what he was supposed to say to the workers he would have to lay off because of the cost of the “employer mandate.” Clinton responded that there would be plenty of subsidies for small businessmen, but Cain persisted. “Quite honestly, your calculation is inaccurate,” he told the president.  “In the competitive marketplace it simply doesn’t work that way.  The switchboard at Godfather’s was lit up with supportive calls.  It was as if the small business community-a very large and politically powerful group-had been told to march on Washington.  Cain, said Larry Neal, an aide to Sen.  Phil Gramm, “was the lightning rod.”