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Hank Williams Jr.

My Obama Comment Was 'Misunderstood'

10/3/2011 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Hank Williams Jr. has just released a statement regarding his controversial statements on Fox News Channel this morning -- claiming he was simply "misunderstood" when he compared Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Williams Jr. says, "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."

He continues, "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.”

Williams Jr. adds, "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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JIM    

NO> He was NOT comparing Obama to Hitler and how can ANYBODY read that into it. He was simply making an analogy of the simularity with no cuss words. This is free speech and if ESPN execs pull this opening they care nothing about in free speech that was simply an analogy and nothing more. If they don't reinstate that opening song I'll cancel my ESPN and they can stick it up their commie like actions.

1060 days ago
242.

yo    

Just goes to show how messed up media is in the United States. When Bush was compared to Hitler, nothing was mentioned in media, and noone complained in the media. As soon as Obama gets compared to him, everyone gets upset. How is this fair?

1060 days ago
243.

Barbara    

Way to go Hank! We need more people who are not afraid to speak out and tell the truth. While I may not agree with everything said, he has the right to voice his opinion. What does freedom of speech mean anymore? Some people have the right to say what they feel while others are ostracized for any comment they might make. Obama needs to take time to learn what America really means. Prayer is needed everywhere regardless of denomination. America was built on freedom and if America is to remain the best country, it is time for those of us who believe in liberty and justice for all must speak out now before it is too late. ESPN, sorry but you will no longer be on my roster of channels to watch.

1060 days ago
244.

slartibartfast    

Senior would be sad and dissapoint­ed if he saw what a rich, all hat no cattle, spoiled, pampered little country star, his son has become. Not the fighter and champion of the downtrodde­n masses the old man was.

1060 days ago
245.

don     

good for hank

1060 days ago
246.

jeff    

that a boy hank remember a country boy can survive and from another good ole boy what this world needs is a few more red necks

1060 days ago
247.

Roger    

God forbid anyone say anything negative about our sorry president. The left when media constanyly portrays all conservatives as racist rednecks. They spew hatred to the right constantly and are never held accountable. Its easy.. I wan*****ch Monday Night Football ever again. Liberal bastards.

1060 days ago
248.

MAP    

People get A CLUE! WE ARE NO LONGER A FREE COUNTRY!!!!!!THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE FREE ARE THE RICH PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE ARE ALL HOLLYWOOD AND IT MAKES ME SICK. PEOPLE WITH DEGREES CAN NOT EVEN GET JOBS AND ALL OUR SO CALLED PRESIDENT CAN DO IS PLAY GOLF AND HANG WITH HOLLYWOOD ALONG WITH HIS WIFE!!! HANK JUST SAID WHAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE (middle class) are feeling. Middle class! What a joke.

1060 days ago
249.

Management    

OK
White people!!!?
White People!!!?
This is the DUMBEST WHITE-MAN IN THE UNIVERSE!!
I know you white people agree with me

1060 days ago
250.

Lauren Ashley    

He has a point.

1060 days ago
251.

June    

Hurrayyyy for Hank Williams Jr. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! True AMERICAN! True Patriot!

1060 days ago
252.

Steven Russell    

Gotta love this country. The ignorant and the talentless shilling for their corporate overlords. Look out Tennessee! You've got a perfect candidate for Senate just itching to drop more idiotic rants on you. Misunderstood? Sorry, Jr. Perfectly understood. Get those crosses out. Time for more TN barbeque!

1060 days ago
253.

rico    

He has every right to say it, and they have every right to fire him.

1060 days ago
254.

Bob    

Something DID change, dip**** - the opening to Monday Night Football. Now, please return to obscurity. Thanks.

1060 days ago
255.

Reginald Blackwell    

It wasn't the government that censured his speach, so stop whining about the right to free speach. It's the market doing what's in their best interest, and that is not to have someone with the foresight of worm as one of their major promoters

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