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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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91.

Linda    

Lot of praise to ESPEN for taking a stand against racist radical (bullying) remarks. He is also a liar. He knows exactly what he said and we saw. Im white and I found his comment so off the wall and offensive. Hitler was a sick twisted mass murderer and the most bigoted person to ever walk this earth. He had lines of millions of people walking to their death in gas chambers and then buried in mass grave trenches. Im not Jewish too. Im a wasp (so my inlaws claimed). His remark was just so outrageous ( so aryan), and so uncalled for, he may find this will bite him lots all the way down his guitar pickin dirt road.

1081 days ago
92.

Donkey Show    

Im surprised conservatives and liberals don't get along more;both are equally fradulent when it comes to hearing things they dont like.-Jim Norton

1081 days ago
93.

Gambie    

Hank Williams Junior your, your,ur, ur! Is a rich Southern half back making mediocre music at best on his Iconic father's shirt tails. Go home & give up. I'm a southerner from the deep south & you better dig harder. President Obama didn't start these wars, let's remind you. And the president signed off on bailing the banks out on Bush Junior's legislation, i.e. pre inauguration. Hell, Please. And who allowed the Killing of Bin Laden. Yes, you will never give credit to a black president, cute one mind you. Stop getting your news from the FOX EEEEEE Network. It's propaganda. Georgia girl signing off. Go figure red necks.

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1081 days ago
94.

sharmae    

Well, I do agree with the fact that there ARE a lot of hurting working class people out there. And no one in government can do anything but have power struggles over it, and put committee's together to discuss it. And all the while it gets worse!!
People are being evicted,forced to choose whether to buy groceries or pay bills, forced to choose between meds and bills, etc. THIS IS JUST WRONG!!! IF they can give millions away to other countries, and all the government waste?? IT'S TIME TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY FIRST WHO ARE HARD WORKING AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The government people aren't concerned because they cannot relate to those of us who are barely making ends meet, or the ones who are already on the streets. Just like with our public schools today, WHY don't they talk to those of us who are in the "Trenches" each day so they have a reality check on what is really wrong!!!! They make assessments on what they believe is wrong, and they don't have a clue! This country is going to hell in a handbasket because the crooked government is running it into the ground!!!

1081 days ago
95.

anita    

he should have the right to say any thing he have on his mind so this is how it going to be if someone ask them about Mr. Obama we should just just look stupid all the time. he is human and he is not a god. what is this world coming to.

1081 days ago
96.

Whatever    

When you hate a black person enough, but in particular one who is a public figure, you can't say what you really want to say. So you feel empowered to save every hateful thing you can say except what you're thinking, the dreaded N word. I view Hank Williams as a racist redneck who felt empowered and quite frankly protected being on the "we hate Obama" channel, forgetting the rest of the country still exists and is watching. But what are the haters going to do when our president wins again next year? Because he will. They should focus their rage, hate, bigotry, ugly speech and racism into something different, like fixing themselves.

1081 days ago
97.

Linda    

Lot of praise to ESPEN for taking a stand against racist radical (bullying) remarks. He is also a liar. He knows exactly what he said and we saw. Im white and I found his comment so off the wall and offensive. Hitler was a sick twisted mass murderer and the most bigoted person to ever walk this earth. He had lines of millions of people walking to their death in gas chambers and then buried in mass grave trenches. Im not Jewish too. Im a wasp (so my inlaws claimed). His remark was just so outrageous ( so aryan), and so uncalled for, he may find this will bite him lots all the way down his guitar pickin dirt road.

1081 days ago
98.

Jodi    

Hank meant it exactly the way he said it. Now he wants to do damage control. I'm not buying it for one minute.

This country was in bad shape before Bush took office and if you think it will be turned around in 4 years you need to think again. It will take much longer than that if it can be turned around at all. The damage was done a looong time ago....we are just now feeling the effects.

Even if President Obama is not voted in for a second term the next president won't turn it around either. People need to wake up instead of pointing fingers.

1081 days ago
99.

Kelly    

Oh get over it. It's freedom of speech. How many of you outraged about this complain when Bush was compared to Hitler and worst?

1081 days ago
100.

Casey     

Come on folks! Everyone knows Conservatives are not allowed to compare anyone to Hitler, only Liberals are permitted do that!

Beside*****ler turned Germany's economy around before the war. Obama hasn't turned anything around except "don't ask, don't tell".

Sheesh....

1081 days ago
101.

JDB    

Since When has the truth been against any freedom we have. One mans opinion sparks life into the freedom we used to have.GO HANK JR

1081 days ago
102.

lee    

I made the comment to my husband that if Obama were to
be elected President that free speech would become a
thing of the past. I knew that any unfavorable comments made of his job as President would be considered as racist.
What a surprise I was right. Bush bashing was very popular
not so much with Obama bashing Thats not PC according to
the liberals

1081 days ago
103.

BarryH    

Reading these incompetent junior-high-level opinions on Hank Jr is a scarey and embarrassing example of just how DUMB you people are. If our Founding Fathers were alive today, they'd be ashamed to admit that fools like you live in the country they founded, AND that you have absolutely NO IDEA what the hell the TRUE history of this country is! Because if you DID, you'd be too embarrassed by your own incompetence to ever show your face in public again!

1081 days ago
104.

Stan    

I guess stupid redneck ******** can not have an opinion or be close to a microphone

1081 days ago
105.

NocturnalDirtPeople    

I always wondered who that guy was now i know.

1081 days ago
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