There would have been few consequences if Herman Cain had said he couldn't be bothered to learn the name of the leader of "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan" while he was just a talk radio host, but since he's a candidate for commander-in-chief, he's now got the Afghan president mocking him. Hamid Karzai brought up Cain's comments with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday, The New York Times' Steven Lee Myers reports, forcing Clinton to explain that Cain "started something called Godfather's Pizza." Karzai seemed amused, not offended, in the exchange:
Clinton: "He’s a former pizza company owner."Karzai: "Is he that?Clinton: "Oh, yes. He started something called Godfather’s pizza.Karzai: "Yes, I see, I see."Clinton: [laughing to ambassador Ryan Crocker] "The president was saying he saw a news clip about how Mr. Cain had said I don’t even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries, you know, like whatever..."Karzai: "All the 'stans whatever."Clinton: "All the 'stans places.”Karzai: "That wasn't right ... but anyway, that's how politics are."
Morgan: "You're a commonsense guy..You genuinely believe that millions of Americans wake up in their late teens normally and go, you know what, I kind of fancy being a homosexual? You don't believe that, do you?"Cain: "Piers, you haven't given me any evidence to believe otherwise."Morgan: "My gut instinct, Herman, tells me that it has to be a natural thing."Cain: "So it's your gut instinct versus my gut instincts. I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it. That's all I'm saying."Morgan: "It would be like a gay person saying, Herman, you made a choice to be black."Cain: "You know that's not the case. You know I was born black."Morgan: "Maybe if they say that, they would find that offensive."Cain: "Piers, Piers. This doesn't wash off. I hate to burst your bubble."
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