He added 9-9-9 to the national lexicon and slipped lyrics from a Pokemon movie into his stump speeches. Now that Herman Cain has suspended his presidential campaign, we look back at just a few of its most memorable — and excruciating — moments:
1. His brain freeze on Libya. His editorial meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 14 made for painful YouTube watching.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1960s, The Doors (left to right: drummer John Densmore, keyboard player Ray Mansarek, vocalist Jim Morrison and guitarist Robby Krieger) took their name from Aldous Huxley's 1954 book, The Doors of Perception.
Chuck Berry's 1973 Eldorado now belongs to the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, now under construction, is set to open its doors in 2015.
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The hood ornament on Chuck Berry's 1973 Eldorado is the factory original — "amazing," Smithsonian fleet manager Bill Griffiths says.
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Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on Jan. 1 in Chicago.
When rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry navigated his music career, he didn't rely on agents or record labels; he drove himself to his own business meetings and concerts in his fleet of Cadillacs.
Now Berry has donated one of those cars, a candy-apple red 1973 Eldorado, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open its doors in 2015. NPR's Rachel Martin went with curator Kevin Strait to watch Smithsonian fleet manager Bill Griffiths restore the car in Suitland, Md.
With his wife, Gloria, standing behind him, Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his run for the GOP presidential nomination, outside his campaign headquarters in Atlanta on Dec. 3.
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The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and GOP presidential hopeful speaks at the Western Republican Leadership Conference Las Vegas on Oct. 19.
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Cain was the president of the National Restaurant Association Chicago in 1998. Cain previously has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care.
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Cain speaks during a Tea Party rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 16. He has never held a political post but ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2004 and briefly ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000.
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Cain announces he is running to be the Republican candidate for president at a rally May 21 in Atlanta.
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At a Nov. 7 news conference, Sharon Bialek accuses Cain of sexual harassment more than a decade ago. Bialek was one of four women to accuse Cain of inappropriate behavior while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
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Cain speaks at a Nov. 8 press conference addressing four accusations of sexual harassment. Nearly three weeks later, on Nov. 28, Ginger White also came forward, saying that she and Cain had a consensual 13-year affair. Cain denied any inappropriate behavior.
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With his wife, Gloria, standing behind him, Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his presidential campaign, outside his campaign headquarters in Atlanta on Saturday.
It wasn't supposed to end this way for Herman Cain.
His improbable run for the GOP presidential nomination should have served to burnish his CEO credentials, sell his books and enhance the fee the Baptist lay minister charges for motivational speeches and appearances.
This fall, the simplicity of Cain's 9-9-9 tax-reform plan propelled him to the top of a volatile field. Soon other candidates were rushing to introduce their own versions of a flat tax.
Herman Cain is appearing before his supporters in Georgia now, and NPR's Don Gonyea is going to join us. He's speaking but, in fact, he hasn't reached what we would call the hard news lead to announce whether he's staying in the race for the Republican nomination for president, or getting out. Don, are you there?