Herman Cain is a Republican hopeful for president, the architect of the 9-9-9 plan... and now, an Internet sensation, thanks to an Imagine: Ode to Pizza video filmed during his Godfather's Pizza run that has spawned a massive Twitter following.
Cain, who was CEO of Godfather's Pizza in the '80s and '90s, was likely inspired by his business as opposed to Republican political career when he made the video. The Ohama World-Herald was the paper that broke it to the world. It dredged up a 1991 video of Cain at an Omaha Press Club meeting, with white robe and microphone. He sings (see video, below) that if he was to imagine there's no pizza... I couldn't if I tried.
Cain's surprisingly decent singing voice (he sings gospel on an album called Sunday Morning released in 1996) and his ridiculous showmanship made the video an online sensation.
Twitter, eager to put a hashtag on anything, soon began a trend inspired by the Imagine pizza video, dubbing it #HermanCainPizzaJams and reworking Lennon, The Beatles, and other songs to fit the GOP hopeful's singing ambitions. Since its Twitter creation on Oct. 16, tweets have numbered in the many hundreds, with more coming in every minute.
Cain is running steady in the polls, even besting Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in some recent surveys. But this is a man who's already been nicknamed The Hermanator, has been dubbed T-999 after his controversial 9-9-9 plan, and has made it clear he wants his Secret Service code name to be Cornbread.
The 9-9-9 GOP presidential hopeful would be wise, if he has a response to the video and PizzaJams tweets, to remember the message of the 2004 presidential elections, as well as those the moves of Republicans and Democrats in 2008. There is a fine, fine line between the self-deprecation of Obama's mom jeans and Howard Dean's scream heard 'round the world.
Below, our top 13 #HermanCainPizzaJams tweets, and the Imagine video that started it all:
@aliimranzaidi: Take Another Little Pizza My Heart
@jeremyscahill: Any song by A Tribe Called Crust
@jimmiebjr: You Can't Always Get What You Want (But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get Extra Cheese)
@lickmeimacid: Pie Me a River
@julielyn: Here Comes the Sauce
@THEherbCain999: Who finds the money/ when you pay the tax? Did you think that pizza was heaven sent?
@michcoll: Fly Me To The Danger Calzone.
@joshorton: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Sausage
@TheLastWord: Wouldn't It Be Slice
@stan_alcorn: Son of a Pizza Man
@ aliimranzaidi: Every Girl's Crazy for a Stuffed Crust Pan
@IMAO_: Papa John's Don't Preach
@joshgreenman: I heard there was a secret code, that if you use it, you're pizza owed, but you don't really care for discounts, do ya?
@Timodoc: Rolling in the Deep Dish
@b_fung: For those about to bake: we salute you
@hypervocals: If yer havin' dough problems, I feel bad for you son. I got 999 problems but the crust ain't one. YES. Hit me.