November 3rd, 2008
09:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Hank Williams, Jr. says Obama doesn't like the National Anthem

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Hank Williams, Jr. has performed at several McCain-Palin campaign events.
Hank Williams, Jr. has performed at several McCain-Palin campaign events.

(CNN) - In the waning hours of the presidential race, the toughest shot against Barack Obama may not have come from the Republican ticket, but from country music star Hank Williams, Jr.

The country-rocker, a campaign trail fixture who has penned a special song for the GOP ticket called "McCain-Palin Tradition," suggested Monday Obama doesn't like the national anthem.

“You know, I’m usually at Monday Night Football tonight, but Colorado, this is a lot more important tonight. Join me now in our national — you know, that song that, uh, Mr. Obama’s not real crazy about, we’re singing it right now," he said before performing his version of the song.

Williams, Jr., aka Bocephus, also performed "McCain-Palin Tradition," which includes a line that suggests Obama has "terrorist friends."

After playing both songs, Palin thanked Williams, Jr. for his help on the campaign trail, and did not acknowledge the national anthem remark.

The comments appear to reference a long-debunked e-mail rumor that Barack Obama refuses to put his hand on his heart when the national anthem is played. That e-mail stems from a 2007 photograph showing the Illinois senator with his hands by his side during a performance of the song.

The e-mail also stated Obama said the national anthem is a "war-like message" and should be swapped for a tune like "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."

Obama, in fact, has never said those things.

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. conny

    Go Away!

    November 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    That's the kind of person that McCain/Palin attracts.

    November 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. JR

    Hank Williams, Jr is an ignorant redneck and needs to STFU!

    November 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. LMC in Seattle

    If a campaign has to rely on lies to win, what does that say about their issues? I will never listen to Mr. Williams again.

    November 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Aaron G in Charlottesville

    Welcome to the world of the GOP. Hank Williams, Jr. is the voice of the party now. I'll take Springsteen and Heart anyday.

    November 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Hank you stank.

    The DIXIE CHICKS ROCK!!

    November 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. MARK

    Good ole Hank is just another washed up has-been...just like McCain. He fits the party well. So long Hank.

    November 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Don_N

    Lots of talent, but apparently not too much in the way of brains or integrity if he keeps spreading the lies propogated by the Republicans.

    November 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. GARY

    YOUR RIGHT HANK. HE IS ONLY IN THIS RACE TO MAKE HISTORY AND TO TRY TO CONTROL AMERICA. THESE NAIOVE MORONS THAT SUPPORT HIM ,WILL SEE HIS REAL COLORS IF ELECTED. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. THATS WHAT OBAMA LIVES BY. ANOTHER SAYING IS WHAT GLITTERS IS NOT ALWAYS GOLD. THINK ABOUT IT YOU NAIVE LITTLE PUPPETS.

    November 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Jill

    What a blow-hard!

    November 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Jason

    I didn't know this guy existed. Guess he's real important! and real intelligent too...

    November 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Jake

    last I heard, Hank Williams was in a California Menatl Hospital!?!?

    November 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. K

    Well, if Hank Williams said so...really, Palin can 't make any effort to debunk these ridiculous stories? And honestly, take a look at sporting events – less than half cover their heart and many chat through it instead of standing at attention.

    November 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. Tom, KS

    If McShame some how pulls this off it will be entirely due to his willingness to lie and cheat. I for one am not willing to let another campaign be decided this way. Viva la Revolution!

    November 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. gonzo

    The republican IQ just keeps going up!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Angry Citizen

    What a buffoon.

    November 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    and who is hw, jr, to say this? mccain and palin musta really paid this man big bucks to say this,,,, hank,, get a real life, you lost alots of listeners,,,,,obama/biden 08 and 12

    November 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. mary,florida

    These days if your A republican most likely either,RICH,RACIST OR JUST PLAIN STUPID.

    November 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. David

    jesus. Would we expect the GOP leaders to rebuke anything. We are dealing with some serious low lives and hopefully their end will come in 24 hours.

    November 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. jl2008

    This is supposed to be news? Well, surprise surpise, white trash supporting white trash.

    November 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. JWB

    Sara Palin, Hand Williams Jr and Joe the Plumber .... the three stooges of the GOP

    November 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Dan

    Hank Williams LOVES the song LOSER by Beck.

    November 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. A Soldier

    hank, you can take your non-military serving backside and your countrified garbage somewhere else. love it or leave it.

    johnny cash and willie nelson are true country artists. you're a joke.

    November 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. CANADIAN CLUB

    AFTER TOMORROW, THIS BIGOTED, SLIMY RACIST, WILL DRIFT BACK TO OBSCURITY, WHILE OBAMA WILL MAKE HISTORY.

    November 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Tiff of lithia springs

    BY THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO STAND.

    November 3, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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