Cain: I would give 'Hail to the Chief' a fresher sound
October 2nd, 2011
02:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain: I would give 'Hail to the Chief' a fresher sound

(CNN) – Is the presidency in need of some musical rebranding? According to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, a less traditional marching beat may be in order.

On Sunday, Cain told Fox News' Chris Wallace that the traditional marching song "Hail to the Chief" - usually played when the president arrives at formal appearances - could use some updating.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO, who released his own gospel CD in 1996, reasoned: "It's kind of like in marketing. Periodically, companies that have been successful at branding, they might modify their logo just a little bit to give it a fresher look. I think 'Hail to the Chief' needs a little bit fresher sound."

So how would Cain update poet Walter Scott's and composer James Sanderson's classic refrain?

"It won't be hip hop," Cain said. But "I might put some gospel beats" into the song, he hinted.

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  1. logic in LA

    OMG! This man is proving to be just as much an idiot as the as Bachmann and I didn't think that was possible.
    Should we redesign the flag as well for being so 3 century's ago? How about some designer paint touches on the White House?

    October 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. DonBeal

    That proves it. Herman Cain is a radical.

    October 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Emmy Skaddittle

    is this really appealing to the republican base?

    October 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. no1atall

    Yeah; I can almost hear the Loony Tunes theme as you speak Herb.

    October 2, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. pn

    If Cain wins I suggest the Star Wars theme played when Darth Vader enters.

    October 2, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. walter

    My ears are bleeding! From hearing this guy's singing If you can call that singing.

    October 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. A Kickin' Donkey

    " It won't be hip hop" – – Man, I'll bet he couldn't say that FAST ENOUGH. Would want to scare those Republican zealots too much.

    Look Mr. Cain, the truth is, the Right Wing tolerates you right now because you serve a purpose; you help to sanitize their UNPRINCIPLED opposition to Mr. Obama. In many ways you are just like Michael Steele. As serious a candidate as you may think you are, the GOPTP is never going to support you – they are afraid you inner "angry black man" will come out.

    I say let's find a contemporary Gil Scot Heron to pen your new version of "Hail To The Chief". The GOPTP would loose their minds.

    October 2, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. JR

    Again, Cain shows himself to be an idiot

    October 2, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Ben

    A straw poll is just that. Straw. Cain will join his straw sister Bachman in the big straw pile. Obsms/Biden 2012.

    October 2, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. David

    He is a pizza slinger, what does this say about Mitt and Perry in that yahoos like Cain, Bachmann, etc. are even being considered.

    October 2, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Reggie

    Cut from the same fluff as Palin.

    October 2, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Ain't life strange?

    Really?? And what about jobs... not the ones YOU created at minimum wage either. I'm talking 'I got a future here' job that pays well and comes with benifits. Or, are we all gonna rely on 'our tips' to pay the billls?

    October 2, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    The club can't even hold em' now. YES WE CAIN !!!

    October 2, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Kenny K

    He is really entertaining; over-reaching indeed.

    October 2, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. bailee

    With all of the things that a President has on his plate, Mr. Cain, why on earth do you want to mess with the music too? Honestly, you Republicans just can't seem to keep your focus on the real needs of the American people! For you and the other candidates it is all about everything this President has done wrong, and ALL that you think you can do to get it right!!! The people in this country certainly don't have time to think about changing "Ruffles and Flourishes"!! THEY ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR A JOB, ANY JOB!!! Attention!! Attention!! JOBS!! JOBS!! JOBS!!!

    October 2, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. JohnRJ08

    Fortunately, Cain will never hear "Hail to the Chief" played in his honor. If he wants to freshen it up, he can hum it.

    October 2, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Indy

    Cain has been brainwashed by Republicans and now he is so far gone that he actually thinks he has a chance of getting the Republican nomination.Republicans brainwashed Michael Steele and now Cain has taken the bait hook, line and sinker and Cain is starting to sound like Crazy Eyes Bachmann.

    October 2, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    Maybe he'll decide next that we need to change that old stars and stripes logo. 😛

    October 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. zb

    This guy is a joke (like the rest of the republican/tparty). Like there is really nothing better to do or more important then a new hail to the chief, Maybe what he wants is "All hail to the idiots who vote for republican candidates."

    October 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. bring him on

    I say a Cain/Bachman ticket would be a great thing for America. Let's encourage all the Republican's we know to make it happen. Heck, I'll go door-to-door to promote that one. These two truly represent the Republican party. Dumb and dumber.

    October 2, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Not exactly the first priority for a new President but then maybe that is jobs bill, it would employ hip-hop artists.

    October 2, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |