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. kate

    I think Mr Williams is still recovering from falling off that mountain years ago – either that or he's on drugs again. At least if you are going to talk about someone please get the facts down correctly.

    November 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    At least Democratic celebrities don't have to resort to making sh... stuff up.

    November 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. teesha

    Go away stupid...

    November 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. steve wilson

    I have really enjoyed reading these comments.This country is movimg forward and stupidity.Will get left behind.No one is perfect, but you try with all earnestness to select the best person for the job as President. I personally selected Barack Obama.We need a fresh new outlook on things in order to move on to a greater heights in which this great country was built on. Goodness and mercy will prevail.

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

    IDIOTS UNITE, and please leave the United States.

    Obama/Biden 08.

    November 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. My President is Black

    Doesn't matter what any of these wackjob rednecks have 2 say this election is over and Mccain has no one 2 blame but himself. 2morrow will b a landslide 4 Obama deal with it.

    November 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Dominican for Obama

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    We all should read and know our constitution.......WE the PEOPLE WILL ELECT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT...OBAMA..

    November 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. HouseDiva

    How much is the RNC paying HWJR?

    November 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. Cody

    what's with all this obama will make history tomorrow? is that what its all about, just history? how about the future now...thats what this is all about. not the past, but the future. mccain may not live long, but at least he knows how to live for his country and do what's right with his own personal experiences and situations. obamas a great guy, but this country is going to hell and we need some experience to take over for a few years. somebody that supports this country for all it is worth too...clearly mccain is that person based on his past and present remarks and situations.

    November 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Oregonian for Obama/Biden

    I wish people would stop using ignorant scare tactics & flat out lies to sway voters instead of actually discussing the issues affecting everyone. People like Hank Williams Jr. are just sad.

    Get out there and vote people! Let's show these creeps how we Obama supporters roll…

    VOTE NOVEMBER 4th for OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    VOTE NOVEMBER 4th for OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    November 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Katran Miller

    Hank, if you're so worried about Obama's patriotism based on a debunked email smear, why aren't you giving John McCain a hard time for never wearing a flag lapel pin, which you can see any day or night on the news?

    Or... just MAYBE... you could instead judge these men by what they've done and where they stand on issues facing this country of ours.

    November 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Brian

    Give me a LARGE break. Who cares what this guy says?

    November 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. Uncle Fester

    The Republicans-
    Serving up steaming piles of poop down to the
    very last minute. Hank Williams is an ignorant, redneck has-been.
    I'm going to burn all of his CD's... Oh, wait, I don't have any

    November 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Fred Reyes

    Hank Williams how did you know that the great Senator Obama does not like the national anthem? Did he tell you? Do you have evidence? If you don't have then put up or shot up!!!! That's what you get in palling with Palin.

    November 3, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Carole

    That's so funny, because this morning in Jacksonville, FL, we sang one of the most beautiful versions of the Star Spangled Banner and we said the Pledge of Allegiance with enthisiasm as we awaited the next President of the United States, Barack Obama. I'm so sorry Hank wasn't there to be a part of such a wonderful event.

    November 3, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. Goo

    Obama, new look for US..

    November 3, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. SC BLUE

    Hank Williams Jr. must hate America..he hangs around with Palin

    November 3, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. kristinedaae

    Reading all of these comments says to me that after tomorrow we will be a country divided. All of the hate and anger coming from both sides is frightening. It's sad to see that the greatest country in the world has come to this. 😦

    November 3, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. Carole

    Sad, just sad. Go away Hank. We sang the Star Spangled Banner this morning in Jax at the rally and it was beautiful!

    November 3, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. Melissa

    rofl.. thats the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Anyone else getting tired of the lying divisive tactics of the Republicans yet?

    November 3, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. V

    Ya know. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to enjoy more tommorow night...Watching Obama win or watching the look on the faces of his idiot supporters when he loses. Let's defeat fascism for the second time in human history. Vote! Vote! Vote!

    November 3, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. frankie

    After 40 years of Conservative rule, we need change!!! I see what kind of people McCain/Palin attract and they scare me. It's a shame they still blame Democrats for the way things are going.Well take a guess, it has been the Republicans who has been in charge all along. The whole world is watching this election closely. If McCain wins, I only fear for the worse. I read a letter to Santa, from a girl who pleas Santa, Please let a Democrat win tomorrow.

    Obama in '08

    November 3, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Conscientious Christian

    As a Christian, I do not sing the national anthem or put my hand over my heart when it is played. Unfortunately my savior doesn't allow me to partake in or glorify violence because otherwise, there are some people to whom I would love to show some violence.

    America and Rome are the only two empires to have their citizens put their hands over their hearts for the national anthem.

    November 3, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Obama-Biden 2008 and 2012

    Hank Williams has lied and everyone know it. I rebuke his lie and declare that they will NOT work nor prevail against Sen. Obama !

    No weapon forged against you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will prevail, and you [ Sen. Barack Obama ] will refute every tongue that accuses you [ Mrs. Michelle Obama and Sen. Barack Obama ] . This is the heritage of the servants [ Sen. Barack Obama ] of the LORD, and this is their [ Sen. Barack Obama ] vindication from me," declares the LORD. – Isaiah 54:17

    It's time for the American people to get it right and NOT vote for McCain-Palin, instead vote for change. It's time for this country to turn the page and seek a new and better future for ourselves and our children. It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president in 2008 and 2012 !


    November 3, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    I am seeing that alot of McCain/Palin supporters are white haters and will do and say any thing to win. All the attached on Obama by McCain supporters were white and if MCCain and Palin didn't whole hate meeting this wouldn't be goin on.

    November 3, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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