‘Douche du Jour’: Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler
Country music legend Hank Williams Jr., appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” this morning to discuss politics, compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. Williams opined that the President’s “golf summit” with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.” “That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” the singer said. Host Brian Kilmeade didn’t get the analogy. “I’m glad you don’t brother, because a lot of people do,” Williams shot back. “They’re the enemy… Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.” I’m assuming that Hitler would be the third Stooge, or else Williams isn’t very good at counting.
The Grammy-winning son of Hank Williams, arguably the most important country music artist of all time, also weighed in on the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.When host Gretchen Carlson asked him which of the candidates he likes, Williams replied “Nobody.” “The one that makes the most sense is Herman Cain,” he said, confirming his admiration and support for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and adding that he plans to run for U.S. Senate as a Republican from Tennessee.
ESPN reacted to the country star’s tasteless analogy by announcing that Williams’ theme song to the ever-popular Monday Night Football, which is based on his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” will be pulled from the program. The sports network released the following statement:
“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
It is not clear whether or not ESPN will use Williams’ song in the future.
This evening came news that Williams himself has issued a statement explaining his troubling remarks. “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” the statement read. “My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was.”
He continued: “They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”
And: “Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
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