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Hank Williams Jr.: President Obama 'hates the U.S.'

August 22, 2012|By Randy Lewis
  • Hank Williams Jr. performs during the CMT Disaster Relief Concert in Nashville.
Hank Williams Jr. performs during the CMT Disaster Relief Concert in Nashville. (Wade Payne / Associated…)

Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is back in the political arena after a concert in Iowa on Friday during which he called President Obama "a Muslim president who hates the U.S.," according to the Des Moines Register.

After performing his song "We Don’t Apologize for America," Williams told an audience of about 8,500 that "we've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S., and we hate him," drawing cheers from the crowd, the Register reported.

His latest album, "Old School, New Rules," also includes some jabs at Obama, including the song "Take Back Our Country," in which he sings "Hey Barack, pack your bags, head back to Chicago."

Williams was dressed down last fall and ESPN dumped his theme song for its "Monday Night Football" telecast after the singer, in an interview on "Fox & Friends," compared an Obama golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner to "Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.

He subsequently told Rolling Stone magazine that the incident increased sales for his albums and other merchandise, stating, “There's a whole lot of us out here, we flip the tube off when that guy comes on."

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