On Monday morning, Hank Williams, Jr. compared Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler during an interview on FOX News' "Fox & Friends" morning show. Not surprisingly, the comments sparked a mini-controversy, prompting ESPN to pull the country music star's traditional opening sequence from Monday Night Football.
Williams has now issued a statement of his own attempting to clarify his point of view:
"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."
"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."