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. HAHAHAHAHA

    Hank Jr. is a washed out redneck; his singing is almost as bad as his judgment. Why this loser still has any following left at all is a mystery.

    He sang the Natl. Anthem at the Mon. night football game in Nashville last week; it was right down there with some of the worst singing I've ever heard of the anthem.

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Reid

    Wow.

    An ignorant comment from an ingnorant redneck. Too much weed and beer and not enough knowledge there Hank! Maybe instead of thinking of some 'cleaver' song that fires up the other beer belly freaks that have no education on any political issue whatsoever, you should sit down and read a newspaper and study the issues that matter. Don't sit here and slam a man that has served America in more ways than one.

    Besides all you do is sing songs. Have you ever really helped anyone like Obama has on a personal level?

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Cindy

    Obama's circle of influence is horrendous, and he will bring that into the White House. He even campaigned with the new pastor of Wright's church, and this new pastor also is a radical who constantly talks about 'thugs.' What in the world? America has lost its mind to vote for a man like Obama. He was mentored by communists, has been a member of the socialist party, and has worked closely with socialists and terrorists, as well as shady characters like Rezko.

    Americans are fools if they do not see that a man who hangs out with fools is a fool. How can people vote for a man whom they think will save them from their economic woes, when that man cannot even take care of his own family? Obama has not helped his brother, his aunt, or his uncle, who was evicted because he could not pay his rent.

    In addition, Obama only gave 5 percent of his income (if that) to charity last year, and that was up from 1.5 percent because he is running for president and needed to make that look better. McCain gives 25 percent of his income, and his wife gives huge amounts of time and momey to AIDS, children's health, orphans, and so forth.
    The contrast could not be more stark. Which family shows by their track record that they care for the poor? Clearly, it is the McCains.

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  4. Pete in Brockville

    Everytime I read that someone calls the USA the "greatest country on earth" I chuckle. As does everyone else in the world. The USA no longer has credibility in international circles. The debt will sink the economy in the near future (if the current credit crisis doesnt).

    The USA is still the one of the most influential countries in the world (size of economy cannot be ignored) but long gone are the days when it could genuinely call itself the greatest nation on earth...not even close anymore.

    If Palin ends up on the winning ticket...my god, did 8 yrs of dinglenuts not mean anything? Bush has the lowest IQ of any major leader in the history of the world...if Palin ever gets there...she could challenge him!

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. samantha

    Hey Hank:

    You are not required to put your hand over your heart during the National Anthem. You are simply required to remove your hats and show respect. It's the Pledge of Allegiance (and I'll say it again, the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE) where you should place your hand over your heart. (and even then it's not the law).

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. Portlander

    I would think that if somone make a racist comment, Mrs. Palin would correct them. No different if someone make a false, unbridging comment about another person, Mrs. Palin would make a comment to rectify it. It shows that her value are not in synch with my traditional family values. I would treat an adult no different than a child, if they are out of line. Mrs. Palin should do the same. Have some manners.

    November 4, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. Adam

    Hank Williams Jr....the original Paris Hilton. A completely stoned bafoon making a buck of the family name. They have a name for folks like this....."this week on Jerry Springer"

    November 4, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. Hawk

    It was somewhat comforting to finally hear BHO telling voters not to get caught up in euphoria as current world conditions warrant that he won't be able to deliver on every campaign promise. Should he get elected, it'll be interesting to see which promises will be broken.

    November 4, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. cta in new orleans

    Hopefully ABC/ESPN will do the right thing and spare us further exposure to this clown on Monday nights.

    November 4, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. No fan of Hank Williams Jr.

    Hank Williams Jr. is your typical bigoted,racist, bush supporting hilbilly. He can kiss Obama's behind and mine after Obama wins the election tomorrow.

    November 4, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Ready for this to be over

    I would like to point out that lies happen in both parties and let us all remember that politics will be politics, is it wrong yes for both parties to endorse someone who is taking a comment or a situation out of context (just look at the TV ads), but it has happened in both parties so let us all keep that in mind and remember that issues/ policies matter more than rumors. Vote Tomorrow for the person you feel serves you best, please be educated and ethical!

    November 4, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Snaptaculous

    This doesn't surprise me.

    If the GOP had their way every single American would believe that a vote for Obama is a vote for a baby kiling, commie, terrorist, lying, cheating, treacherous heathen whose sole purpose is to destroy this country.

    Unfortunately that's who we elected in 2000 and 2004.

    November 4, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. Ready for this to be over

    I would like to point out that lies happen in both parties and let us all remember that politics will be politics, is it wrong yes for both parties to endorse someone who is taking a comment or a situation out of context (just look at the TV ads), but it has happened in both parties so let us all keep that in mind and remember that issues/ policies matter more than rumors. Vote Tomorrow for the person you feel serves you best, please be educated!

    November 4, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  14. GE - MD

    Hank Williams is to be pitied more than censured. Lots of people believe the lies spread around out there when they confirm their own preconceived notions created from unconfirmed hysterical impressions. Do YOU, my reader, chase down the source and verify every negative comment about the candidates you are inclined to oppose?

    By the way, have you read Bruce Springsteens' recent speech about Obama and our choices?

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  15. Ike

    Its unforturnate that people like this are given time by the McCain-Palin ticket to spread hate. The good time is that the American people are very smart and reasonable. For the guy that said Senator Obama could not be hired by the FBI, I think he should explain what he meant. Obama is one of the smartest guy that will lead this country. Not people like McCain-Palin.

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  16. woodburn

    Hank Williams junior, a good ole redneck boy,.. Probably flies a Confederate flag over his pad, and longs for segregation to return....

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. bill

    Oh I'm sure Obama likes it, he just doesn't like the way Hank butchers it. Must have been nice to have a famous daddy, he couldn't carry a tune if it was strapped to his back.

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  18. Tom In Millstadt

    Hey Hank. Arnold said he wants Obama to come to him to build up his legs and arms. Maybe you could spend some time with Obama and he could help you with your brain.

    November 4, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  19. Alex in San Diego

    A New Day!

    November 4, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  20. Doh!

    Well Yeeeee Haw or is it Heee Haww!??! Dat der is sum stetment! Now, you run along now Hanky boy...come back when you HAVE A BRAIN!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  21. Steve from NJ

    Hank, your father was a genius. You...not so much.

    November 4, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. Ed C. in OK

    Hank,

    You have sunken to a new low running with Palin and the republicans who have nearly ruined our country. Time for you to retire along with John McCain after tomorrow when Americans send him and Palin down that trail to the house.

    Your Confederate flag says everything we need to know about you....

    Hank why don't you think?... Just too full of yourself I guess.....

    I'll never listen to you again... Your just another ugly racist....

    November 4, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  23. Fran Says

    Well, if that's what Hank Williams Jr. says . . . it changes everything!!
    Excuse me while I step out for some MOONSHINE!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. fay7eb@yahoo.com

    Hank, be quiet, all you know is how scream 'are you for some football...go away.

    November 4, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  25. Eric from Ashburn, VA

    To Tom from Cleveland Ohio,

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

    Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure the FBI would love to employ a former President of the Harvard Law Review and a Constitutional Law Professor for an entry level position. Tomorrow, the American People are going to hire Obama to be in charge of the FBI.

    Why can't we actually talk about any substantive issues here? This is what the Party of Lincoln has come to... attacking someone's patriotism over something that is obviously false. It is really sad. I can't wait to see President Obama with his hand over his heart at the Super Bowl. And I hope Hank Williams Jr. gets to sing it.

    November 4, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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