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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: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:36 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

What's even worse is that Williams insulted The Three Stooges by comparing Obama and Biden to them.

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:55 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

bring your ass to texass sometime and see what happens. it is Texas, now shove it up your ass.  the story was not about the greatest state in the union idiot.  and the analogy was not that bad, just made worse by the liberal media and idiots like you....

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:47 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

For those of you who have ID'd Brother Obamination as the worse or worst prez ever... where does Franklin Pierce rank? How 'bout Chester Arthur?

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:43 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler


hey wait a second, where's all the outrage!  can't you people see that he was comparing Boehner to Netanyahu, a person of Jewish heritage???

that's astounding!  the nerve of the man!

Obviously, it was a comparative view of extreme sides of the spectrum.  Gimmie a break.  He wasn't saying Obama was Hitler, you bunch of hissy fit throwing liberal media pansies.  Do I really have to explain this to you idiots??

Everyone should boycott ESPN for their idiotic views and policies.  I know I am. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:38 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler


When someone gets as many things wrong as you have, there's no point even trying to put you straight. You don't have the sense to see the truth right in front of you, and obviously don't pay attention to what is going on right in front of your face. Obama's deficit is on the SPENDING side, not the revenue side. If you even read the news, instead of just the propaganda, you might have had a clue. Too bad.

The last time I was in Texas was 1961, just one of the many things your "intuition" has failed at.


Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:10 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

He didn't say anything WRONG. he just said something incredibly stupid. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:48 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

My god! I just watched the interview. He was absolutely loaded or stoned or something. I've heard him interviewed any number of times and he sounded completely like a different person. Had his shades on to hide his eyes. I feel bad for the guy. Never fun to watch someone self-destruct on national television. He's overcome a lot to get where he is and I hope he's not about to move backwards.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:44 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

What has happened to FREEDOM of Speech you MORONS??? Jr said nothing wrong. He just made a comparison. Just like the editor of this articule did. The idiots that write for the press have completly screwed this country up. Come on you Dumda**es, get your head out of your a**.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:36 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Wow!  Hard to know what to say about this story? 

Hank Williams, Jr???  "He ain't no brain surgeon". 

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:17 pm

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I am just guessing by your "handle", vranger, that you are somehow from Texass?  You must be!  You never once mentioned Dubya as a President who was/is least qualified to be President.  

Your observation of so called facts are just too many, and pathetic to even try to correct.  

I voted for Carter also, but don't regret it, while I also voted for Reagan, the second time, and regretted that!, what with all his lying about Iran-Contra, you know what that is right, funneling arms to Iran, for money to send to right wing Contras?  Carter at least has a "record" of accomplishment surpassed by no other Modern President, of either party, look it up.

Obama is a traitor to the Democrats, which is why I am an Independant now.  He hired all Wall Street guys, because "they" were the ones who annointed him, not the feckless Democrats you are so scared of.

As far as the Stimulus increasing the debt "at the largest rate ever"?, bullshit!  Bush tax cuts did that all by themselves.  Add two Wars of choice, which by the way aren't even on the books, and guess how large your Connecticut Cowboy Texan created?  Can't fathom the truth probably.

Every things bigger in Texass, with one exception, your brains!

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