Am I a voice alone in the wilderness, or has it seemed to you also, gentle reader, that the cable news channel which Conservatives have made the most watched in the world, Fox News, celebrating its 15th anniversary, has lately been overreaching toward the Left in their efforts to be “Fair & Balanced”? We’re not alone. Bocephus thinks so, too.
According to reuters.com
Country singer Hank Williams Jr., whose theme song was pulled from “Monday Night Football” after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, lashed out at the media on Monday with a topical song called “Keep the Change.”
The track, which borrows its title and certain themes from another song released by Williams’ daughter, Holly, in 2009, was offered as a free download on his website.
Williams sparked an uproar when he appeared on the Fox News Channel show “Fox & Friends” on October 3 and said Obama’s pairing with Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner in a June golf summit was “like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu”.
Actually, it was an awkwardly worded analogy. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
HANK WILLIAMS: Remember the golf game?
STEVE DOOCY: Boehner?
HANK WILLIAMS: That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.
HANK WILLIAMS: That turned a lot of people off. You know, watching, you know, it just didn’t go over.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: You mean when John Boehner played golf with President Obama?
HANK WILLIAMS: Oh, yeah! Yeah. And Biden and Kasich, yeah. Uh-huh.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: What did you not like about it? It seems to be a really pivotal moment for you.
HANK WILLIAMS: Come on. Come on. It would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?
Back to the Reuters story:
He also referred to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as “the enemy.” That day, ESPN publicly rebuked Williams and dropped his “All My Rowdy Friends” song as the opening theme for its weekly “Monday Night Football” broadcast.
He subsequently issued a statement saying he was sorry for anyone who took offense, but the Disney-owned sports channel and Williams later said they were parting company after an association of more than 20 years. Williams had introduced “MNF” since 1991 on both ABC and ESPN.
In his new song about the controversy, Williams took aim at both ESPN and Fox News.
“So ‘Fox & Friends’ want to put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around/Well two can play that gotcha game,” he sings on the track.
Williams, a longtime supporter of Republican causes, also sings that the United States is becoming “socialist” and takes a dig at Obama’s 2008 campaign theme of “change.”
“I’ll keep my freedom, I’ll keep my guns/Try to keep my money and my religion too … Keep the government out of my business/ and y’all can keep the change,” he sings.
The song ends with the 62-year-old Williams, nicknamed Bocephus by his country music legend father, urging fans to join him in a boycott.
“Yeah you can keep ‘Fox & Friends’ and ESPN out of your homes too. ‘Cause Bocephus and all his rowdy friends and his song is out of there,” sings Williams, who is selling “Hank Jr. for President” T-shirts on his website.
Fox News declined to comment on the song, and a representative from ESPN could not be reached for comment.
The new Williams track borrows its title from a song called “Keep the Change,” which released by his daughter, Holly Williams, in 2009.
While Holly Williams did not write the song, her version gained solid radio play with lyrics that present a more subtle but still biting critique of the Obama administration.
Hank Williams Jr. is slated to hit the TV talk show circuit on Tuesday, including appearances on the ABC daytime program “The View” and the conservative Fox News show “Hannity.”
Bocephus’ introductory song for Monday Night Football was heard in American homes for 22 years. It was originally released as All My Rowdy Friends are Coming over Tonight, accompanied by a great video featuring a galaxy of country music singers and stars of television and movies. It was re-written and eventually morphed into this:
Just as Bocephus is getting the last word in on both ESPN and Fox News, the American people seem to be getting the last word in on President Barack Hussein Obama. According to gallup.com, as of yesterday, Obama presently has a 53% disapproval rating, compared to a 40% approval rating.
At this junction of his presidency, George W. Bush had a 55% approval rating.
Miss him yet? I know I do. For all his faults as president, at least Dubya loved his country and stood up for our best and brightest. In fact, he’s still standing up for them.
George W. Bush says that after eight years in the White House, he’s happy to be back home in Texas and out of the spotlight.
But the former commander-in-chief tells The Associated Press there’s one aspect of his presidency he still misses: interaction with U.S. troops. And Bush, who sent them to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, says that despite his desire to remain largely out of the public eye, he wants to make sure veterans and military members know they still have his support.
“I was a little concerned that our veterans don’t think that I still respect them and care for them a lot,” Bush told the AP. He added later, “There’s nothing as courageous in my judgment as someone who had a leg blown off in combat overcoming the difficulties.”
Bush is hosting next week’s Warrior Open golf tournament in suburban Dallas, an event featuring members of the U.S. Armed Forces wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those who lost limbs and suffered brain injuries. Bush joined more than a dozen wounded military members in the Warrior 100 — a 62-mile mountain bike ride he hosted in West Texas last spring.
These public appearances are the exception to the lifestyle Bush has led in his post-presidency.
After leaving office two years ago, Bush and former first lady Laura Bush bought a house in Dallas and started work on the George W. Bush Presidential Center, slated to open in 2013. He has attended select events relating to the center, as well as a ceremony with President Barack Obama marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But he has largely remained out of the public eye.
Bush said he doesn’t want veterans to mistake his private nature with a lack of appreciation for what they’ve done on the battlefield.
“They hadn’t seen me and they hadn’t seen me with the troops,” he said. “So therefore I am using mountain biking and golf to stay connected with the military, people who served during my presidency.”
Military members and veterans groups have generally held Bush in high regard, despite the nationwide protests and international controversy that grew more fervent as the American death toll grew in Afghanistan and Iraq under his command.
More than 1,680 military members have died in Afghanistan since the U.S. began bombing there in October 2001, while more than 4,470 military members have died in Iraq since the war began there in March 2003. Another 46,000 have been wounded in both campaigns.
“What I’m concerned about is that Americans forget the sacrifice,” Bush said. “I don’t think they are right now, but one of my objectives is to make sure they never do.”
We won’t, Mr. President. And may God bless you, sir.