Herman Cain was the “Putney Swope” Candidate. He never thought he would be the front runner and nobody else did. Just like Putney none on the right wanted to promote one of their own so they threw away their endorsements and “Putney Cain” got the chairman’s seat. As an Imam today I would not endorse watching the 1969 film but the lessons are clear……Sorry to see Putney Cain go but it’s just a case of “Truth and Soul” baby!
Putney Swope, a 1969 film written and directed by Robert Downey, Sr. and starring Arnold Johnson as Swope, is a comedy satirizing the advertising world, the portrayal of race in Hollywood films, the white power structure, and nature of corporate corruption.
Putney Swope, the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, is accidentally put in charge after the unexpected death of the chairman of the board: each board member actually believed that he, himself, should be elected Chairman, but the bylaws of the corporation prohibit voting for oneself, so each individual member voted his secret ballot for the person that no one else would vote for: Putney Swope.
Renaming the business “Truth and Soul, Inc.”, Swope replaces all but one of the white employees and insists they no longer accept business from companies that produce alcohol, war toys, or tobacco. The success of the business draws unwanted attention from the United States Government, which considers it “a threat to the national security.