After 23 years of listening to a bastardized version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," fans of Monday Night Football* were forced to watch the game without the benefit of the popular intro, after ESPN pulled the "are you ready for some football?" segment from last night's broadcast. The action came on the heels of Fox News' decision to seek expert insight from the song's performer, country singer and keen political analyst Hank Williams, Jr…
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Williams, unprompted, said of Obama's outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."
Asked to clarify, Williams said, "They're the enemy," adding that by "they" he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president." Williams replied, "Well, that is true. But I'm telling you like it is."
To be fair to the Hankster, I understand his bewilderment at ESPN's reaction to his comments. After all, once you've changed your name from Randall Williams to Hank Jr. in order to more closely associate with your infinitely more talented father, every other analogy sounds pretty tame by comparison.
* Ironically, America's most socialist sport. Think about it: stringent salary caps and a revenue sharing scheme that divides TV income among the 32 teams. Where is Glenn Beck's blackboard when you need it?
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