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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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ROZ BURKE    

Racist ignorance is not bliss nor misunderstood. A racist sober mind speaks true feelings there was no misunderstanding of Hank Williams jr views and inntent regarding our president.I have 3 children protecting his and serving this country regardless of differences of and yes even inspite of some political views.This sort of blatant ignorant behavior deserves quick and yes very deliberate consequences,I applaude ESPN for swiftly pulling his Monday nite promo,But as a mother of 3 active duty servicemen and a servicewoman the just thing to do is TERMINATION!!!!!!!!

1093 days ago
257.

KayleKind    

You are right, Everyone has a right to speak whatever is on his/her mind, so that's right, man up Hank and admit it.

1093 days ago
258.

Richieboy    

Defending Hank Jr. is like defending meth addiction.
There is simply no excuse for it other then the inherent illness that it is.
Williams has been one sick, arrogant and abusive individual for a very long time.
He fell off a cliff and survived. Now he acts like he crawled out from under a rock.

1093 days ago
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JUstin    

Freedom of speech is Alive and well , But sometimes it's just a little expensive and Hank is finding that out this morning !!

1093 days ago
260.

Jane    

Hank's "missunderstood" is laughable. He knows, and we know he was mad as hell, and hates Obama. And yes, he's a bigot. It shows through in his speech and body language. He's an angry old Honky Tonky man, who knows nothing about politics.

1093 days ago
261.

Gin34606    

Hank Williams Jr. is a DRUNKEN example of the G.O.P.! And admitting his support and preference for Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections tells exactly what type of person he is and truly defines the extreme right wing. Like G.W. Bush with his stuttering monosyllabic (lost without his script and teleprompters) speeches compared to J. Kerry in 2004, republicans have become so rural as to be threatened by anyone who can articulate with little or no prewritten speeches. Now take Sarah Palin (also with the I.Q. of her daughter's [Bristol] FIRST ILLEGTITIMATE CHILD Trig {Palin's not fooling anyone about Bristol's first screw up} Hicks identify with candidates of similar seemingly, uneducated garbled speech. Had Jr. not been the child of a legend he'd be a manure supplier. I'd also speculate that during this interview he was also stoned! I cringed for the female host when Jr. made his comment about being next to her.

1093 days ago
262.

JakeRashony    

I respected Hank's comments until I read that he hangs out with dictators himself! http://www.omdoubleg.com/politics-2/hank-williams-jr-caught-golfing-with-muammar-gaddafi/

1093 days ago
263.

Pearl    

Boeher does not represent the working class you idiot! If the *******gers weren't so racist they would be able to recognize that fact!

1093 days ago
264.

Gin34606    

Hank Williams Jr. is a DRUNKEN example of the G.O.P.! And admitting his support and preference for Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections tells exactly what type of person he is and truly defines the extreme right wing. Like G.W. Bush with his stuttering monosyllabic (lost without his script and teleprompters) speeches compared to J. Kerry in 2004, republicans have become so rural as to be threatened by anyone who can articulate with little or no prewritten speeches. Now take Sarah Palin (also with the I.Q. of her daughter's [Bristol] FIRST ILLEGTITIMATE CHILD Trig {Palin's not fooling anyone about Bristol's first screw up} Hicks identify with candidates of similar seemingly, uneducated garbled speech. Had Jr. not been the child of a legend he'd be a manure supplier. I'd also speculate that during this interview he was also stoned! I cringed for the female host when Jr. made his comment about being next to her.

1093 days ago
265.

bev    

quelle jerk.

signed,
an important car collector & former racer - NOT a williams fan

1093 days ago
266.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

This hillbilly just doesn't have a clue. Shows what happens when you drink too much moonshine and marry your sister...

1093 days ago
267.

JUstin    

Okay , Noooow he's sorry If his statement offended anyone.. -Okay , we are getting close to an apology - A couple of more endoresments yanked and we are there..lol

1093 days ago
268.

JUstin    

Funny thing is , Al-Qaeda feels the same way about Obama..lol

1093 days ago
269.

maggie-mae    

I have lost all repect for Hank William Jr, since his comment this morning on Fox News....He would of been better off not saying anything at all, then what he said.... you loose Hank.....

1093 days ago
270.

maggie-mae    

didn't think hank william went to school,

hillbilly redneck, nothing but a old drunk...

1093 days ago
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