Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler, Get’s Football Intro Pulled
For the first time in 20 years, a Monday Night Football game didn’t have Hank Williams Jr. singing his intro tune, “All My Rowdy Friends,” before it’s telecast last night. Williams made controversial comments on the show “Fox and Friends” Monday, comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. ESPN quickly decided to pull the plug on the Williams intro to the game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers later Monday night.
Williams told anchor Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends” that he thought Speaker of the House John Boehner playing golf with President Obama “would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu … In the shape this country is in?” When Kilmeade said he didn’t understand the analogy Williams said: “I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy.” Asked who, Williams said: “Obama. And Biden. Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”
It wasn’t long before news then broke that ESPN had pulled Williams’ opener for the Monday night game stating: “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.”
Williams then issued a statement through his publicist, saying: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. 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. 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.”