Burch: Hank spanked, yanked

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 8:12pm
By Michael R. Burch

Oh joy! Once again Tennesseans get to be the butts of late-night comedians’ one-liners, this time thanks to Hank Williams Jr.

Speaking on a Fox News segment of Fox & Friends, Bocephus compared President Obama's links pairing with House Speaker John Boehner to "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 then pointed out, "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."

Williams (or, rather, his publicist) later attempted a retraction of sorts, claiming that the intention had been merely to point out the marked contrast between the president and speaker, but the damage had already been done.

Williams has announced his possible candidacy, representing Tennessee, for the U.S. Senate in 2012. If he wins, that might usher in the end of the world as we know it, proving the doomsday prophets ultimately correct. (Or perhaps only proving that the comedians have a point when they mock rednecks for their superstitious beliefs, racism, intolerance and — increasingly — fanaticism.)

ESPN immediately spanked Hank by yanking his catchy NFL jingle "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night." That ditty is, of course, based on his most famous song, "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight,” an ode to the joys of getting drunk and featuring those immortal lines:

I got girls that can cook,

I got girls that can clean,

I got girls that can do anything in between.

Thanks to his Stone Age “values,” Williams seems like a potential new star of the Tea Party. So perhaps we should spike the beverages, make sure all the “girls” are barefoot and pregnant, prime the muzzle-loaders and prepare for either the end of the world or the resumption of the Dark Ages. 

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.


91 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 10/6/11 at 10:34

Jealous, Mike?

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 3:40

Just another numbskull showcasing the evolutionary process in good ole' Nashville.
Makes spending $700. million on a new Convention Center all the more worthwhile.

By: Loner on 10/7/11 at 3:46

Good morning, Nashville!

Great letter, Mike Burch.

I went to Wikipedia and found this:

"On August 8, 1975, Williams was nearly killed in a mountain-climbing accident. While he was climbing Ajax Peak in Montana, the snow beneath Williams collapsed and he fell almost 500 feet onto solid rock. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures--his face was split vertically from chin to hairline, exposing the frontal lobes of his brain and requiring over two years of reconstructive surgeries to rebuild his face. To hide the scars and the disfigurement from the accident, Williams grew a beard and began wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat."

"In 1988 he released a Southern pride song, “If The South Woulda Won.” The reference is to a Southern victory in the Civil War. The song featured modern Southern holidays, honoring Elvis Presley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Patsy Cline. Hank Williams Jr. would run for president of the South. He would place the capital in Montgomery, Alabama. Honoring his father, Hank Williams Sr., with his image on the $100 bill."

That explains much, the man is brain-damaged....now I feel more pity towards the man, instead of loathing. Hank is not playing with a full deck....let's cut him some slack....but no more contracts.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 4:42

Normally I'd respond, but today is FOX & Friends/ News's 15th anniversary.
Every freekin' story so far is a slam against either Obama or Democrats.
O'Reilley is so in love with himself it's embarrassing.

By: Loner on 10/7/11 at 5:56

Don't let nostalgia get in the way of your right to free speech, Darge...go ahead and respond.

I can't stay online for much longer, I'm leaving for 2 days in the Finger Lakes region...Seneca Lake region this weekend...Watkins Glen, Montour Falls etc. Family reunions and wine touring...they go hand in hand....somebody has to stay sober to drive, of course....the weather is supposed to be great.

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:02

Burch, you moron, Hank Williams did NOT 'compare' Barack Hussein Obama to Hitler.

You might want to refresh your dictionary-learning, specifically of that troubling word 'analogy'.

If Hank had said "It'd be like Alice drinking buttermilk with M'Chelle Obama, instead of tea with the Mad Hatter", would your ill-fitting panties still be in a wad?

The 'Hitler' comparison was automatically made in the minds of LeftLibProggs, who inwardly and guiltily feel that maybe, just maybe, someone might've hit the nail square on the head.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 6:07

eight'd: You tone deaf or just deaf?
The "analogy" or "metaphor" was in extreme bad taste.
Williams punctuated his stupidity with, "Obama and Biden are the enemy".
ESPN had to hank the fool.
Only souther hicks will support his b.s.
Oh, and FOX News.

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:07

Oh. I left this in the other thread, but it needed a couple edits, so...

Occupy Wall Street, and the other 'Occupy' spinoffs, are a culmination of Barack Hussein Obama's "Class Warfare Presidency" and his continuous playing of his "Envy Card". These LeftLibProggs are nothing more than Community Organized Idiots.

This movement was envy-born in the hot cauldron of BHO's 'Community Organizing Class Warfare"; it has ominous overtones that are neo-Communist and pro-Marxist, and the sentiments, expressed by these fools and useful idiots, are nothing more that anti-American agitprop.

But it's serving Barack Obama well: covering for the 'Fast and Furious', Operation Gun Walker scandal that has culminated in 200 Mexican agents and 2 U.S. agents killed. So far. When this finally catches, it’ll be like a wildfire burning at the Obama administration. This is what they fear more than anything else, the very real possibility that Operation Gun Walker will become the scandal that will destroy the Obama presidency.

But, keep your eyes on those stinking 'bunnies' occupying the parks and the squares, you media Deep Throats. And if that’s not enough distraction, maybe another downgrade or another economic setback can be arranged, to keep your attention away from all those dead people.

Remind me: How many died during the Watergate break-in?

This little 'Nobel Peace Prize'-winning little prezzidint-man needs to be impeached, really. What a Stuttering Clusterf*ck of a Miserable Failure he really is.

#SCOAMF, for those of you following along on the Twitter.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 6:09

hank s/h/b "yank", but at this point, who cares?
When "Lotta Goo" asks me to talk dirty, I sometimes do say, "hank it".

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:12

This is interesting. Obama, to Latinos on Univision, just prior to the 2010 election (that he lost):
"Punish our ENEMIES".


Barack Hussein Obama: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder.”

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:13

Wasn't that the election that he later described as a 'shellacking'?

Just wait, BHO. You'll be landslided in 2012.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 6:13

And, back at the farm....GW Bush, Cheney & Co. launched a "war" (invasion/ bombing/ occupation) in Iraq that's cost all of us $1.25 trillion, 4,500 dead Americans, and over 150,000 Iraqis.
So, Obama screws up with the "green co." and loses $500. million.
We spend that every other day in Iraq/ Afghanistan.
Or, is it everyday? Do Republicans even care?

By: gdiafante on 10/7/11 at 6:15

Wrong, Serr8d. The twit on Fox even clarified what he was saying:

Carlson: "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president."

Williams: "Thats true. But I'm telling you like it is."

Thanks for playing.

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:17

Heh. Three *REAL* peace activists, all women, were selected for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

First order of business: Vote Obama off of Peace Island.

By: serr8d on 10/7/11 at 6:18

Hank Williams Jr. speaks for a lot of people.

And many more you'll notice at the ballot box in November 2012.

This SCOAMF is gonna get landslided.

By: gdiafante on 10/7/11 at 6:18

The teatards are fishing for a scandal, darge. Just as they lack understanding of the Constitution (Hank Jr's 1st amendment rights are being violated!! lol) they don't understand Capitalism very well either.

Someone needs to tell them there are risks involved when investing.

By: govskeptic on 10/7/11 at 6:19

As a subject of Disney and ABC management, ESPN was forced to
jump at any public slam of "their guy" in the White House. This commercial
takeoff is now over 20 yrs old and has most likely run it's course
anyway. The number of people that actual saw the original run of
this, much less disrespectful comparison than publicized, comment
by Hank, Jr has gone viral in the controversy driven press. ESPN has
made their point and Hank was not very contrite in any apology and
has shown his opinion!

Just like the demand of the White House for Ford Motor Co. to pull
an ad they didn't like (and they did) we can expect more of this
Chicago style Thuggery over the next 13 months.

By: gdiafante on 10/7/11 at 6:19

Hank Jr speaks for the knuckle draggers, I agree.

By: gdiafante on 10/7/11 at 6:24

I wonder if the resident nuts, like Serr8d and Gov were as upset when the Dixie Chicks were effectively blacklisted?

I know, rhetorical.

By: treehugger7 on 10/7/11 at 6:26

Enjoy, Loner! I'll miss you around here.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 6:28

Or The Beatles when John Lennon made his comments.
Everything passes.
Especially in America with, "Gone in 60 seconds" memories.

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 6:58


Hank was only telling the truth. But, no, you can't say anything bad about our "president". I'm sorry you and your usurper loving democrats adore Barry Soetoto so strongly. If he gets his goal in put in place, I hope y'all enjoy your communist lives together.

And I must say, the next 13 months are going to be interesting.

And just a thought: Have you ever wondered why Barry can only seem to constantly run for re-election instead of actually working in the Office? Okay, I understand, he has enough czars to run the office for him.

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 7:01


I must agree with you on O'Reilly worshiping himself. Wonder if he and Barry are brothers?

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 7:10

"Hank was only telling the truth".....
As were the Dixie Chicks.
Some truth is more apparent than others'.

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 7:13


You are apparently blind in one eye. You seem to only be able to see how much Bush and Cheney cost us.Bust I guess its okay what Barry Soetoro is costing us.

You constantly remark negatively about Bush placing us into war only because 3000 people were killed in the towers. Damn, don't you believe in revenge?

And I'm sure you have a logical answer as to why Barry has kept us in the war Bush started even though he said he was going to stop it... and started a few on his own.

For your information, dargent7, we have not been in a declared war since WWII.

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 7:16

Sorry serr8d,

I must disagree with you on impeaching Obama. Unless the laws have been changed, only an official president can be impeached. He is entitled to be tried for treason as a usurper of office.

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 7:30


You apparently don't understand communism too well. Your 'man' is going through the democrat party to get his dictatorship in place.

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 7:36

An entertainer fired for hyperbole. Oh well. Bushhitler is much more in vogue than Obamahitler I guess.

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 7:44

Will their Superbowl half-time act be held to the same standards of hyperbole banishment?

"During her performance of new album track 'Get Stupid', Madonna performed against a backdrop of images of U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain alongside Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and Adolf Hitler."


By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 7:53

On Madonna's hero Al Gore mentioned in the above story... no hyperbole necessary:

"The song was "Dear Mr. President" by Pink.... As soon as he had it playing, he turned to me and he immediately flipped me flat on my back and threw his whole body face down over atop me, pinning me down and outweighing me by quite a bit. "Get off me, you big lummox!" I loudly yelled protested to him...

We lay on our sides a couple feet apart, looking at each other as he played the song, him singing along with it as if he were revealing deep feelings like some bizarre karaoke and me stuck there.... He prevailed upon me to listen to just this one other song about women's feelings and their inner self and trust that he said his wife introduced him to, which is about a woman choosing to let a man into her deeper self or some such things."


By: mythoughts on 10/7/11 at 7:55

You go Hank!!!! I'll be one of your rowdy friends!!!! We know what you were saying and why you said it! Let them all think what they want, they are going to do it anyway! They always have someone or something to bitch about! I'd rather be one of your rowdy friends any day than be one of their nose up in the air better than anyone else scum bags!!

By: yogiman on 10/7/11 at 8:04

That's different, BendOver. After all, they're only Republicans, it doesn't matter

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 8:09

I think Hank should sue for breech of contract if they've fired him and let Madonna go on. It would then be obvious that ESPN was acting on political beliefs rather than a turpitude exclusion.

By: mythoughts on 10/7/11 at 8:12

Agree with you totally BenDover

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 8:18

A little perspective:


By: budlight on 10/7/11 at 8:27

I don't wanna talk about Hank. I wanna talk about the morons who are "hating wallstreet". They set up their meeting with their little teenie weenie hand held devices which can be credited to one of the most successful Wallstreet Giants ever. A man who's heart and soul was in the center of capitalism - a man who is the epitomy of the corporate world. A man who is a giant among men in the world of wallstreet and the capitalistic society. STEVE JOBS. OMG;; how would those morons ever arrange the meeting without that wallstreet giant's ideas and innovations in technology?

And they flew there? On planes made by corporations
And they drove there? In cars made by corporations
And they are walking the streets in their shoes? Made by corporations
And they are eating food? Grown, made & distributed by corporations
and they are sleeping in hotels? Owned by corporations
On mattresses and sheets? made by corporations
And they will file for their unemployment or dole? OH, from the gov-ment!

See folks. Corporations are more valuable than the gov-ment.
(Disclaimer - if you see misspelled words or the like, it's because I'm so torked at those idiots who are picketing and now they have "brung in O'bama's union thugs". We all saw that coming when Hoffa said "we're gonna take them out".)

Whew! I feel better now.

By: Mike Burch on 10/7/11 at 8:30


Is it wise for people who can't read to call other people "morons."

Hank directly admitted that he considers Obama and Biden the "enemy," and that he did compare Obama to Hitler, DURING THE INTERVIEW. I quoted what he said in my article.

Since i have the ability to read and understand English, and you seem to struggle with crystal-clear English, perhaps you should refrain from calling me names.


By: budlight on 10/7/11 at 8:33

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 8:10
"Hank was only telling the truth".....
As were the Dixie Chicks.
Some truth is more apparent than others'.

I love the Dixie Chicks. I refer to them as the "Wild Dixie Hicks".

And I love Hank's song "All My Rowdy Friends". But that's as far as it goes. I would never vote for him for anything but "Entertainer of the Year". He is not going to win any type of election if he enters. So we are all mumbling and grumbling over nothing. He's just full of hype.

D& I agree with you that "some truth is more apparent than others". The truth is that our country is being held captive by some left wing liberals who are out to destroy the plain and simple American Way of Life.

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 8:37

Revenge? I love revenge.
It was Saudi Arabia who was culpable for 9/11. For those with an IQ hovering around 75.
But, since Bush I & II were holding hands and kissing the asses of the King and Princes, how could we seek revenge there?
It was always about the OIL. Iraq has the 2nd largest OIL fields on planet Earth and Cheney saw and tasted blood. 9/11 gave him a perfect IN.

Mr. Burch: Unless serr8'd calls you a "moron" you haven't been officially baptised.

By: Mike Burch on 10/7/11 at 8:38

Is ESPN wrong to spank Hank for comparing the president to Hitler?

I assume Hank's contract with ESPN points out that he is representing ESPN and that he should thus refrain from doing anything that would mar ESPN's image, in return for all the money ESPN is paying him. Therefore, Hank's statements could be seen as a breach of contract.

If Hank had no business relationship with ESPN, and ESPN punished him for speaking publicly, that would seem like Stalinesque censorship. But when a company pays someone big bucks to be one of its spokesmen, it has a right to expect certain things in return.

Now it seems only redneck organizations like the NRA will embrace Hank Jr. Perhaps he can become the NRA's next president, following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston. Or he could become the darling and star of the Tea Party ...

By: dargent7 on 10/7/11 at 8:40

Bud: "The Left" no more wants to destroy America and it's way of life than God, thru Evolution, wants to make certain species go extinct and others survive.
The "Left" evolves.
The "Right" disintegrates.
God is watching.
God is.

By: brrrrk on 10/7/11 at 8:45

serr8d said

"This SCOAMF is gonna get landslided."

Says the paid troll.......

By: budlight on 10/7/11 at 8:48

Then why is the left marching against wall street? The people marching against and hating wallstreet are NOT, I repeat NOT employed, hard working Americans.

If they are employed and hard working Americans, then they don't have time to be parading around towns protesting wallstreet.

Can you not see the logic in that? The left is "revolting" and nauseous! The right is centered and balanced.

Yes, God is watching. He is watching and noting all those rebellious people who don't want to work, but want something for nothing.

By: Mike Burch on 10/7/11 at 8:54


I prefer not to be "baptized" with venom and spittle, thank you very much.

I agree with you that Cheney (and GWB and Rumsfeld) had their eyes on Iraq's oil fields. GWB and Cheney were big oil men. They had seen how easily our military defeated Iraq during the Gulf War. All they needed was an excuse to invade Iraq, be hailed as "deliverers" and secure the oil fields. But of course their simplistic plan didn't work because many people knew what they were up to, and joined the insurgents.

While most Americans think it is "wrong" for people in other countries to oppose the US military, the reality is that many of our opponents see the US as another colonial empire. Instead of land, the US pursues oil, global influence and military domination. But ironically, we could have saved many lives and trillions of dollars by simply paying the going price for oil.

How many people have died without reason, because of the US invasion of Iraq? How many trillions of dollars have been squandered? How much of our huge budget deficit is the result of wild spending on wars and more than 800 military bases overseas? What does the American taxpayer have to show for this far-flung military empire?

By: brrrrk on 10/7/11 at 8:56

As I said yesterday, Hank's a hack who wouldn't have gotten anywhere if not for the collapse of the Southern Rock genre. In all the days I played in this town I never once met anyone who had a positive thing to say about him.... or they simply wouldn't say anything. Reminds me of a comment from a guy I knew who played the bluegrass circuit. He used to say, "Bill Monroe is the king of bluegrass..... just ask him; he'll tell you". Well the same applies to Hank. He's the the king of country music...... just ask him; he'll tell you.

By: brrrrk on 10/7/11 at 8:59

budlight said

"The right is centered and balanced."

As Sarah Palin would say, "Denial just isn't a river in South America". :-)

By: budlight on 10/7/11 at 9:19

While most Americans think it is "wrong" for people in other countries to oppose the US military, the reality is that many of our opponents see the US as another colonial empire. Instead of land, the US pursues oil, global influence and military domination. But ironically, we could have saved many lives and trillions of dollars by simply paying the going price for oil.

Mike, what is the going price for oil? 50 cents a gallon in Saudi Arabia? $3.50 in the U.S.?

Many people in other countries have welcomed the U.S. Military when it suited them to do so, ie, to stop a hostile take over by some other country (for instance Hitler, Normandy, Italy, and many others). People only like the U.S. when the U.S. if doing something to benefit THEM.

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 9:35

You really don't have to read Burch... just see his name at the top of the article and know what's coming next. He's the epitome of left-wing myopia and puts the Che in the cliche of Liberalism.

By: pswindle on 10/7/11 at 9:42

Where, oh, where has TN gone? Some of these comments make me ashamed to be a Tennessean. The Tea Party has turned TN into an angry state. All of this anger is because we have a smart black man as president. I think that you forget that Bush/Cheney almost destroyed our country. They wanted to declare the US a Military State so they could stay in power, but they know the American people would not stand for this. Have you read up on Bush's history? Please do so, it wil scare the pants offf of you. They have always been connected to the German Rule.

By: BenDover on 10/7/11 at 9:47

whew... now that's right up there with yogi there.