What should Herman Cain tell his wife? Ask the comedians.
Oh, to have been in the next room when Herman Cain arrived home Friday to talk with his wife, Gloria, about what he called a longtime “friendship” with Ginger White, the Atlanta woman who claims the two had a 13-year affair.
“He should come with security,” said Queen Aishah of Bowie, who performs at the Riot Act Comedy Theater in the District. “He should wear a helmet, and he should not speak because he’s said too much already.”
Of course, we may never know what transpired. But comedians such as Aishah spouted a series of one-liners when asked to advise the Republican presidential candidate on what to say or, better yet, what to do.
New York comedian Steve Hofstetter suggests that Cain think fast — faster than he has when confronted with questions about foreign policy: “Don’t pause as long as you did when they asked you about Libya.”
“He should do a Kobe Bryant — no less than four carats!” advised Sheryl Underwood, a host on CBS’s “The Talk,” referring to the Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, who presented his wife with a $4 million diamond ring days after he was charged with sexually assaulting an employee at a Colorado resort. Bryant said the two had consensual sex; the prosecutors dismissed the charge.
Cain’s campaign, already shaky after several women accused him of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, has been reeling since early this week, when White dished to an Atlanta TV station about the alleged affair. White, a struggling businesswoman, said Cain flew her around the country, buying her lavish meals and putting her up in luxury hotels. Although he has steadfastly denied a sexual relationship, the wealthy former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza has acknowledged giving White money to help pay her bills.
Cain said that his wife did not know about the relationship until it exploded in the news media and that he planned to talk with her about it Friday.
Tom Joyner, the popular syndicated radio personality, asked his listeners Friday morning to suggest the first thing Cain should say to his wife when he arrived at their suburban Atlanta home to have that talk.
“Don’t shoot!” was one of Joyner’s favorites. Also: “Why are my bags packed?”