Herman Cain believes he can benefit from black disenchantment with the state of the economy and President Obama, predicting that blacks are "over this first African-American president thing."

"I believe, quite frankly, that my campaign, I will garner a minimum of a third of the black vote in this country and possibly more, especially after what the president did recently when he was addressing the Black Caucus. That didn't go over well with a lot of people in this country," Cain said in an interview on Fox.

Obama sought to shore up relations with the black community this week, appearing on BET for a sit-down interview and speaking at a dinner held by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). But some blacks were upset by the president's call to "stop complaining" and start fighting for his policy priorities.


"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on," Obama said at the address.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a member of the CBC who has been critical of the president's relationship with the black community, said that he may have gotten "carried away" in the remarks.

Cain said that the president couldn't count on his historic achievement of becoming the first black president to maintain support with the black community.

"I think that they're over this first-African-American president thing. I think that is behind them.," Cain said. "Growing this economy is what's foremost on the minds of black Americans, Hispanic Americans, all Americans."

Cain argued that higher unemployment in black communities, relative to the rest of America, meant that a conservative message would have a greater chance of resonating.

"Because the unemployment rate for black people is nearly 17 percent, instead of the 9 percent, they're looking for something that's going to boost this economy," Cain said. "That's what's going to peel off the black vote: results, not rhetoric."