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Hank Williams Jr. Attempts an Apology for Comparing Obama to Hitler

Singer says comment was 'misunderstood'

October 4, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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Hank Williams Jr. appears on the field before an NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins in Miami.
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Hank Williams Jr. has released an apology of sorts for controversial comments he made yesterday on Fox & Friends, in which he said President Obama's golf game with House Speaker John Boehner was "like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."

Calling himself "misunderstood," the country singer admitted the 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."

ESPN dropped Williams from his customary opening slot for last night's Monday Night Football broadcast, saying the network was "extremely disappointed" with his comments. In his apology, Williams went on to say he believes the Tea Party has been unfairly portrayed as "racist and extremists" and declared his support for the struggling working class. "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," he said.

Meanwhile, Williams' son, Hank Williams III, said he feels that musicians (other than Jello Biafra) are "not worthy" of political discussions.

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