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. Vet4McCain

    Listen people: If Obama did love the country that his wife didn't until recently. Why does he want to "Fundamentally" change it?
    Merriam Webster's "Fundamental"

    1 a: serving as an original or generating source. b: serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function : basic
    2 a: of or relating to essential structure, function, or facts : radical ; also : of or dealing with general principles rather than practical application b: adhering to fundamentalism

    November 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Katie

    what does placing your hand on your heart during a song and looking pious got to do with real patriotism. John MCcain I am sure does it very well. But look what he did just to get elected as president. He chose the most incompetent, ignorant and dangerous VP in history. At his age she is very likely to hold the commander in chief's position if he gets elected. If this happens this country is for sure on its way to great decline. Ask your self how patriotic is that?

    November 3, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. denise

    Amen Patience......Can I say amen, you never know with this being such a Democratic monopolized board?

    November 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Get real Sarah Palin

    Lame

    November 3, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Angel

    J of VA..do you think the U.S governemt would allow Obama to get this far if he was not a citizen...like i said where do these crazy people come up with these things?

    November 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. PD

    Hank Williams, Jr. has just shown himself to be an ignorant, holier-than-thou, small-minded liar. Hope his career tanks... what's left of it.

    November 3, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Beth

    Hank WHO??

    Seriously, this is exactly the reason I, a person who's always voted Republican, am considering switching to the Democrat side this year. While other news networks have decried the dirty tricks and hatred of the left, I've seen enough evil and lies coming from conservatives to prove there's enough dirt to go around.

    In fact, almost all of the negative I've seen thrown around is towards Obama. From his "Muslim roots" to his "anti-American" ways, most people bite the dirty e-mail gossip and believe it as truth. Then perpetuate the lies by spreading them around.

    Hank Williams Jr. is a washed up country singer who couldn't live up to his father's legacy. And that anyone attending that rally didn't clarify their stand, but allowed a lie to be spoken is just as bad as he is for telling the lie.

    This is one conservative female former Republican who will vote Obama tomorrow morning.

    November 3, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. kirk

    why is cindy m lying about the bad rap sarah is getting? she knows that when she and john are alone she tells him ,why did you pick her ,she doesnt know a thing .and john says if i had known she would mess me up i wouldnt have picked her.

    November 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. joe

    Someone should waterboard that guy (Williams).

    November 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    You know, I never put my hand over my heart when the national anthem is played, either. When did that become a requirement? I do put it over my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance.

    November 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    And he said this without wearing his hood and sheet? Great way to help unite the country there Palin and Jr.

    November 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Chicago Carlos

    Jus Another McCain Supporter Hatin On Obama !!!! Why Would You Say Somethin Like That Seriously, Very Ignorant. . . Go Obama Ima Vote 4 You 2Moro. . . Change Is Comin Ppl !!

    November 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. Evangelical Democrat

    That wouldn't have been said at an Obama rally. The McCain rallies are now sideshows. He needs to speak to them about taking the HIGH ROAD.

    November 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Geez

    Maybe Hank Jr. and Joe the Plumber can tour together. Who cares what this redneck, alcoholic, has-been says!!

    VOTE PEOPLE to shut this kind of CRAP UP!

    November 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Bill

    After reading some of these comments. Just made me realize just how many ignorant, sad and misinformed people there are!

    Senator Obama was born in the State of Hawaii. Which makes him a U.S Citizen.

    Get Obama's Auint out of the Country

    "She's an illegal immigrant who has already been deported and now she's living off taxpayer money in Public Housing.

    I am Mexican—but I am a legal immigrant–but I can't get Public Housing.

    What's going on here. This is why Latinos hate blacks."

    There are more illegal Hispanics (Mexicans) or (OTM Other than Mexicans) inside the United States. So do me a favor please shut up. You should not want public housing you should want a job w/ an apartment or house of your own.

    I don't have problems with latinos! However, ignorants ones I do! If you don't like it here. Tear up your natualization forms and move out!

    November 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. trock

    you ppl r stupid ! why dont you stop watching mtv for your political news reported by a bunch of felons who cant vote anyhow ! are you all just stupid or just racist yourselfs ? you just have to be stupid if you dont think jesse jackson , al sharpton and obama and his preacher friend isnt the most racist a. holes in america ! whats next ? jeez america get a grip on these tree huggin liberal pansies who are gonna doom this country to hell !

    November 3, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Liz

    Hank – Why do you drink? why do you roll smoke?...so you can hide from reality...one of which is: who is better for this country and the answer is...Obama

    November 3, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. John in VA

    Yes, because if I'm going to be listening to anyone it's Hank Williams, Jr.

    "That One" 08

    November 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Timothy Beauchamp

    Hank Williams, Junior, needs to lay off the drugs. How typical for the Republican family values crowd to spotlight that joke of a song he wrote for Palin – McLame by writing over the "pro-family" lyrics:

    "So don't ask me Hank
    why do you drink?
    (Hank) why do you roll smoke?
    Why must you live out the songs you wrote?
    Stop and think it over
    Try and put yourself in my unique position
    If I get stoned and sing all night long
    It's a family tradition! "

    Real nice values, Republiscum.

    November 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. kelly

    Who?

    November 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. steve r. from Wash st.

    What a circus,so pathetic. You would be nobody without your great dads name. GET A LIFE. PLEASE VOTE OBAMA / BIDEN , OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Tom, Cleveland Ohio

    Obama is the biggest mistake Americans can make tomorrow.

    Higher taxes

    World Crisis

    Radical Friends

    No Experience

    If the FBI would not hire him for an entry level position, should we hire him for President?

    No, No, No and Hell No!

    November 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. Blue in Red AZ

    Another episode of Hee-Haw via the McCain/Palin camp.... WAY TO GO GUYS!! You're doing a GREAT job of running this campaign...YOU BETCHA'!!!

    November 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Billy B.

    Hank you as always were probably drunk when you said this, so if you can read?! We forgive you – love and kisses from Sarah...wink wink!

    November 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Terry

    Who really cares what Hank Williams, Jr. really thinks about anything. Anyone who casts a vote based on listening to an entertainer is a lost soul. Try reading a newspaper, and that a Teacher if you can!

    November 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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