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.