Hank Williams Jr. Issues Statement Clarifying His Obama Comments
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:01:39
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Country star Hank Williams, Jr. appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday and put his foot in his mouth when he compared a golf match between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to "Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," it set off a storm of controversy, and rightfully so. ESPN pulled his long-running intro song from the Monday Night Football and he became a trending topic on the web. He didn't just insert his foot into his mouth; he shoved it all the way down his gullet.
The statement was posted on his website, and it read as follows. Note that it is not an apology for his statements, but a clarification of them.
"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. 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."
The statement finished: "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." – Hank Williams, Jr.
What do you think of Hank Williams Jr.'s comments and his follow up statement?