Hank Williams, Jr. Apologizes Again for ‘Dumb’ Remarks
Hank Williams, Jr. continues to backpedal in the wake of his controversial comments comparing President Obama to Nazi leader Adolph Hitler. The country music legend, whose 'Monday Night Football' theme song was yanked from ESPN that same night, continues to apologize for his admittedly careless remarks.
"I have always been very passionate about politics and sports, and this time it got the best or worst of me," he shares on his website. "The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin' and high fivin' on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement. I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist."
Hank Jr.'s latest remarks are more contrite than his previous explanation of the off-base comparison, sent in a press release on Tuesday: "My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point," he initially explained. "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 singer's Hitler analogy was made on Monday's live 'FOX & Friends' broadcast. The question posed to him was about who he's supporting in the upcoming presidential election. After answering "no one," Bocephus went on a rant about President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's summer golf game during the height of the national budget debate. "That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever," he said. "Come on! That'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu!"
"Hank has always been provocative," she maintains. "He's a musician, and musicians do provocative things. I think of all the football players and all the musicians who have either taken a misstep or done something, and what kind of standards are we holding folks to when we can't say, 'Listen, man, that's not a good thing to do,' so instead we pull them?"
There's no word yet if ESPN will continue to use his opening song for the remainder of the NFL season. Meanwhile, the 62-year-old is pondering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.