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

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

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. Yobee

    Hank, you ain't your daddy, in any possible way.

    Climb back into your bottle, knock back a handful of painkillers and pen another tune about how great Hank Sr. was (the only thing you get right).

    Leave us grownups to decide who we want to lead us, not scare us.

    November 4, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  2. sandee in Portland

    @Tom....your comments have all been debunked and proven wrong or don't you do your research. Apparently, the majority of the democrats and independents do theirs....and that, my friend, is why no one will believe you.


    November 4, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  3. iuiui

    What a great finale to have a crack(ed)head make a complete fool of himself! He and his kind are the very reason we need an intelligent and highly moral man like Obama to lead the American people out of the valley of darkness created by the totally corrupt (and mean, hatelful, evil, grossly greedy, etc., etc.) Bushies. Those evil men need to be sent to a firing squad before they wreck any more havoc.

    November 4, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Jon

    A perfect example of the ignorant, racist fools that comprise the Republican party. Their reign of terror in America is almost over...

    November 4, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  5. Infantry OEF Veteran

    Hey #43, you need to clarify that YOU must not like Blacks, please. I am Latino from AZ who's family has been here for over 150 yrs, like most Latinos. YOU do NOT speak for Latinos regarding your comment. YOU are speaking for yourself. You used poor representation as a Latino in a time of change.

    November 4, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. Dave In Ohio

    Bill Clinton was the "change" candidate in 1992.

    George W Bush was the "change" candidate in 2000.

    Please look past the slogans.

    That goes ESPECIALLY to you Obama supporters!


    Obama/Biden 08

    p.s. – Factions are suppressing a large number of votes in Ohio. Please help.

    November 4, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  7. Griff

    I'm Proud Of John McCain! America is Proud of Uncle Sam the Shame... Obama The Shame..

    November 4, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. john

    The more I read about this election and the things that are said the more worried I become. America is no longer a great country, no longer a moral leader and no longer an economic superpower. How can the world give you their respect with such vitriol and division amongst your own people? The American century is over for you. I hope Obama wins for your sake. You'll need his intelligence and disposition to soften the landing.

    November 4, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  9. Stu, Emerald City

    I have such an odd mix of pure, unadulterated hatred for these folks at this hour...hatred I've previously reserved for James Dobson and his ilk, and also, a pure, unadulterated hope for tomorrow night's results and beyond. It's very strange feeling this way. I hope I can sleep tonight.

    November 4, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |

    What are all Republicans liars? Why???????????? do they lie so very much? I'ts like everything that comes out of their mouths is something evil!!!


    November 4, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Rob

    So let me get this straight, Hank Jr, a person who has spent decades singing songs (and acting out those songs) about drinking, drugs and sex, is now a spokesperson for the evangelicals. Why does this not surprise me?

    November 4, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  12. edd

    Of course that's what the McCain team would say – the campaign is based on lies or should I say has become a "lie."

    Today we can say President Obama.

    November 4, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. Musicpromo Glandale Ca

    Hey Hank,

    Here's something that most of you might not know.....

    Not getting any airplay on radio means that nobody cares.
    Hank gets none in the whole country... and has not had a hit in years.. Image that.. It's not hard to understand, In todays country music business, You sell records or you do not! Hank you do not!!! So give it a rest before nobody show up to them fair dates as that all you have left.

    November 4, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  14. Douglas, Los Angeles

    I can't do these CNN Tickers anymore. This has become one hateful web-page. These tickers should be called "America the Divided Site." After I cast my vote tomorrow for Obama, I am so done with this ticker. Enough fighting!

    November 4, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  15. sarah

    I agree with GARY! you are all a bunch of idiots!!!! no like GARY said NAIVE LITTLE PUPPETS. Wow I can't believe this crap! I LOVE HANKS MUSIC !!

    November 4, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  16. don

    OMG! Will this never end? Now we have to hear from this hick creatin too? Why do you even bother to report on this trash.

    November 4, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. i hate sarah

    a star? LOL a washed up has been is more like it!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  18. Anonymous

    How do u like that?

    November 4, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  19. Rob indetroit

    I say let's Boycott Monday-night football until they replace Hank williams Jr. we do not need that type of hate.OH and for the record you only put your hand over your heart for the "Pledge of Allegiance"
    So shut up Hank williams JR..

    November 4, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  20. Howie Doyle

    The last three paragraphs of this article are a masterful example of misdirection. Yes, there is a glurge email that was false. There is also the truth about why Obama (in his own words) didn't put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Weighed alongside his reasons for not wearing a flag pin, and given that he is running for the highest office of our great country, his explanations are not acceptable. IMO his patriotism is suspect.

    November 4, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  21. Ohio

    Who cares about some Latino who can't get a public housing? Go to college and get a life idiots.

    November 4, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  22. insider

    "Blood's Thicker Than Water" by Hank Williams, Jr.

    Death bells are ringing in Wichita town
    Two brothers will meet when the sun's going down
    Blood's thicker than water poor mother cry which son will live which son will die


    November 4, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  23. Deb

    I'll not be listening to or purchasing Hank Williams' music in the future. Please boycott his music and/or places where he performs. We must fight against ignorance!

    November 4, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  24. Laffin

    this guy is a disgrace to his father.

    November 4, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. karen 4 OBAMA

    TO BILL the Latino,

    How dare you even comment of such ignorance? You should be ashamed of yourself. Because you may have been born in the United States of America means that you can speak of deportation... Did you forget your peoples history? What's amatter with you boy.... Don't dishoner anyone, ethnic or otherwise make your parents & your people proud, because guess what? Were all in this together... Now go pray for forgiveness.

    November 4, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
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