Herman Cain, the former pizza executive and conservative Christian who says he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet or as a federal judge, is their man.
And the radio talk-show host from Georgia used the formal announcement on Saturday of his run for the Republican Party's nomination to go after the incumbent, parodying Mr Obama's 2008 election promise of hope and change. Advertisement: Story continues below
Lamenting a debt-laden and stagnant economy, Mr Cain, 65, warned that the American dream was under threat and said the Obama administration's $US780 billion ($732 billion) stimulus program "didn't stimulate diddly".
"It's time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain't working," Mr Cain told a rally at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. "Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job."
Mr Cain, a Tea Party favourite who advocates cutting taxes, slashing government spending and clamping down on illegal immigration, is the seventh Republican to declare his candidacy for the presidency. They are expected to be joined officially by the former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday, while Mr Obama's just-returned ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman (a former governor of Utah), continues to ratchet up his unofficial campaign.
Mr Cain also targeted Mr Obama over Israel, saying his much-debated take on the Arab Spring "demonstrates once again the arrogant disregard of this president for the opinion of the American people, who like the relationship we have with Israel".
Mr Cain, a colon and liver cancer survivor who held executive positions with Coca-Cola and Burger King before rescuing the Godfather's Pizza franchise in the late 1980s, has never held political office and would be the first non-politician to make it to the White House since war hero Dwight Eisenhower in 1952.
However, he was an adviser to the failed 1996 Republican ticket of Bob Dole and Jack Kemp after rising to national attention for his public attacks on President Bill Clinton's proposed healthcare reforms.
The late Mr Kemp once described Mr Cain as having "the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion".
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana decided not to seek the Republican nomination, telling supporters by email it was because of family considerations.
Mr Cain is only the second serious African-American contender after Alan Keyes.
Though he has described himself as a "dark horse candidate", Mr Cain was emphatic, saying he was "not running for second", before channelling Martin Luther King. "When Herman Cain is president, we will finally be able to say: 'Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, America is free at last'."
I don't know if the white voters of either party would want another jungle bunny in the White House after the utter fiasco that Ooga Booga has proven to be.
I seriously doubt that he has a flaming chance. The black voters in this nation are almost to a man DemonRats. They will not vote for a black Republican. And the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and others will be screaming loud and often that a vote for a black GOP type is the vote of a traitor. Just watch and see if I'm right.
Would I vote for a black Republican? Not unless I was dead drunk and I don't drink.
And so it goes and 2012 is gonna be a very interesting year for all of us GOP types.
Mr. Cain is a far better man than ANY piece of shit member of the demomaxist party and he is even a better man than the vast majority of the idiots the Republicans will run.
He is a real conservative and that makes him more qualified that most of his competition.
I would vote for the man.
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In a run between yellaboy, hildabeaste and the pizza boy, I would vote Cain any day.
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