The “Are you ready for some football?” country singer Hank Williams Jr. went too far this time in expressing his disdain for the President, going from the lead-in for ESPN’s Monday Night Football to ESPN’s blacklist faster than he finishing saying Hitler and Obama in the same sentence yesterday. Now that he’s facing the backlash of, well, practically everyone, he has retracted his statement as a ‘misunderstanding’. Uh…sure, Hank.
MTV reports that the unreal comparison came yesterday morning in an interview with Fox News about the upcoming 2012 Presidential election:
“It’s like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” the country singer said of the bipartisan golf game…Gretchen Carlson asked Williams to clarify what he meant by the inflammatory statement, saying, “You used the name of one of the most-hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams responded, “That’s true …but I’m telling you like it is.”
Time magazine reports today that he would like to-gasp-retract that statement:
“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 said. “They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.”
Uh-huh. And that’s not all he said: “Working-class people are hurting — and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares,” Williams continued in his statement. “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.”
I guess he’ll learn that it’s one thing to compare yourself to Hitler; it’s another to compare Barrack Obama to Hitler. What have you all got to say about Jr.’s political incorrectness?