Hank Williams Jr. issues apology

Hank Williams Jr. has apologized for using an analogy comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler on Fox and Friends Monday morning. The 62 year-old country music star said in part:

“The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin and high fiven on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement,” Williams wrote on Facebook and his website. “I am very sorry if it offended anyone.”

In addition Williams publicist issued this statement late Monday evening:

“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.”


  1. scenario says

    I not surprised he used Hitler on Fox. Someone on Fox uses a Hitler analogy at least 10 times a day. The daily show had a segment on it a few months ago.

    His reasoning is common among tea party members. It boils down to negotiation with your enemies is wrong. I think the concept of the loyal opposition is something that a lot of tea party members really do not understand at all. They seem to feel that everyone who doesn’t agree with them is a traitor.

  2. jakc says

    maybe he meant Boehner was Hitler (“That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?’)

    The real problem is not the analogy but Hank’s understanding of politics – people of different political views cannot get along and cannot be expected to make compromises. Seriously, political leaders need to build relationships across the aisle in order to make our system work; while liberals have often been guilty of some intransigence, the Tea Party and many Christian Conservatives have no other positions than intransigence. That’s the real problem with William’s statement – he can’t accept the idea that a significant number of people disagree with him and still be good Americans, or that his political leadership ought to work with these people.

  3. kraut says

    That apology is just ludicrous. Just in passing this morming I heard him at Fox comparing Obama to Satan,
    So much for this country music arsehole.

  4. joelsy says

    I would say if an apology is genuine, all one needs to say is “I am very sorry, I was wrong.”

    There really is nothing wrong with offending anyone. You can be perfectly right and offend people. Especially the mind numbingly stupid like Hank Williams Jr.

  5. 386sx says

    I’m glad he apologized. I like his music very much so it’s a relief that he has offered his apology.

  6. says

    If that is a genuine apology, all one needs to do is say “I am very sorry if it offended anyone”

    No, that’s not an apology. An apology is “I’m very sorry, what I said was wrong.” Appending “if it offended anyone” is apologizing for their feelings, not your own actions.

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