After ESPN cut his intro from 'Monday Night Football', the 'A Country Boy Can Survive' singer admits his analogy that compares the U.S. president to Hitler 'was extreme, but it was to make a point.'
ESPN has taken action following Hank Williams Jr.'s statement that compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler. After the country music singer criticized the president's recent "golf summit" with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, the network decided to pull his intro song from October 3's broadcast of "Monday Night Football".
"While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football," ESPN said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
Williams Jr. landed on hot water after saying on "Fox & Friends" that Obama and Boehner's meeting "would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu." When asked to explain his analogy on the Fox News telecast, he said that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are "the enemy."
The 62-year-old, who is famous for his line "Are you ready for some football?" which leads in the broadcast of Monday's NFL game, has since explained his analogy in a more elaborate statement to TMZ. "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood," he claimed.
The "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" crooner went on saying, "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."
"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...," he further argued. "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."