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Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 6:21 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (5:50 p.m. ET): We reached out to ESPN for comment and we were informed they are pulling the Hank Williams, Jr., intro from Monday Night Football's telecast for Monday's game between the Buccaneers and the Colts.

“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," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told  "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

The latest sports-related figure to invoke Godwin's Law -- the act of comparing someone in modern culture to legendary very bad person Adolph Hitler -- picked a pretty bad subject for comparison, as Hank Williams, Jr., voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN, decided to hop on Fox and Friends and compare Barack Obama to the German dictator.

But, no, really, this happened. Williams decided to point out that it was foolish of House Majority Leader John Boehner to play golf with Barack Obama.

"Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," he said. "In the shape this country is in?"

Wait! Don't pick your jaw up off the floor just yet. He wasn't done.

Hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were stunned (and later apologized for the remarks), but Kilmeade managed to point out that he doesn't "really understand that analogy." So Williams clarified it.

"I'm glad you don't brother, because a lot of people do," Williams said. "They're the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."

No, Williams did not list a third stooge, but maybe he was just referring to himself?

It was a gaffe of pretty epic proportions and unfortunately for Hank -- and ESPN -- they managed to shift the conversation directly to his 20th year with the WWL as the guy who screams the theme song at the beginning of the show.

"A one-year deal that keeps on going sure is fun," Williams said of his tenure with MNF.

Of course, that only works if it actually keeps on going.

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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:19 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Why would you ask if all Republicans are racists?  Because a Republican doesn't support our marxist president doesn't mean they are racists.  It means they are intelligent.

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Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:21 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Another red neck racist.  Is all the GOP racist?

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:51 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I wish to bring up two things for those who are revising history.  First, the dead Nazi dictator's name is Adolf Hitler not  Adolph Hitler.  The difference is not only the spelling, but also the pronunciation.  With Adolf, the A is pronounced at in "at."  With Adolph, the A is pronounced long, as in Fonzie's "aaaayyy!"

Second, Hitler's religious views are what my Republican Party has resorted to do when they decided that they would cultivate the radical religious right for their vote.  Only their vote.  It has nothing to do with ideology.  So regarding Hitler: He made statements  to affirm religion suiting his political purposes.  After he ascended to power, he promoted a "positive Christianity" and purged of Judaism.  However, in real life, Hitler was an atheist and was hostile to Christianity.

If you happen to have read about the human Satan, you would have known this.

My fellow so-called republicans of today may want to read about Barry Goldwater and Dwight Eisenhower.  My republican party has chosen to let racist religious zealots formulate stupid ideas from which to govern.  Am I the only republican who is tired of that crap?  No wonder the Libertarian numbers are growing.

For those cruel individuals who compare our U.S. president to Stalin, they should be fast tracked to hell.  Freedom of speech is not the issue.  The issue is utter lack of knowledgeable objectivity melded with ignorance.   Stalin was far worse than Hitler, by a long shot.  Stalin was responsible for the deaths of at least 20 million of his own people.  Absolutely disgusting.  How do I get this information?  I read about history in books.  Yeah, that 20th century way of transmitting information.  YOU can probably find it by typing key words in the little Google box.  Really.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:17 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I golfed with Netanyahu once. He had a wicked slice and he swore like a sailor. He tipped the beer cart girl well, though.

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