thank you, espn


Thank ESPN on Twitter – Monday Night Football’s PR guy here


USA Today: ESPN has dropped Hank Williams Jr. from opening Monday Night Football tonight after Williams controversial comments today about President Obama.

….. Williams, perhaps best known for his “are you ready for some football?” lead-in to ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Monday compared this summer’s so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”

As Williams put it on Fox News’ Fox & Friends: “It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu.”

When asked on Fox to explain his analogy, Williams said Obama and Vice-President Biden are “the enemy.”


It still isn’t clear if ESPN have just dropped the creep from tonight’s show – or completely. Keep tweeting, let them know what you think 😉

133 Responses to “thank you, espn”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    October 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Good. Too bad his incoherent rant on Fox and Friends was just a cheapshot to launch his 2012 Senate campaign in Tennessee. With him comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, comparing Obama and Biden to the THREE STOOGES (last time I checked, 1+1=2 and NOT 3), and saying “The country this shape is in,” he’ll have no problems courting the stupid right wing country redneck vote to get elected in Tennessee.

    • October 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      He running for one of the highest offices in the country?????????? GEEZE.

      • 3 nintendowii10
        October 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        Not sure if it’s US Senate or a local Tennessee Senate seat, but he’ll fit right in.

        • 4 Bill
          October 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          I think he is running for the U.S. Senate. He would be running against Bob Corker in the primary. Corker is fairly moderate and would probably be favored to win.

    • 5 JoJothecat
      October 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      And the same people who vote for him complain about the negativity in politics. They want civility as long as their person can be nasty.

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Hank Williams, Jr., is running for political office? Now I’ve heard everything. (Your post was hysterical, even referring to that big bulbous loser!)

  2. 7 Bill
    October 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I hope he was pulled permanently and not just tonight.

    • 8 MsKitty
      October 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      That’s what I’m thinking too, that he’ll be back once the furor dies down. Which means the pressure needs to be kept on ESPN to really do the right thing.

      • 9 Bill
        October 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

        Off topic, but I had to tell you this. I had a great cat for 15 years named Mr. Kitty.

        • October 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

          I lost mine after 14 years and seven months… I know how you feel.

        • 11 JoJothecat
          October 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

          I lost my JoJo three years ago now. He was black and white and once weighed 20 lbs. I still miss him and have pictures of him all over my house.

        • 12 desertflower
          October 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

          😦 Sorry for this loss of a special friend. I know what that feels like…I have a little old “lady” of my own that is showing her age….celebrate his wonderful life. Time heals.

  3. 13 meabloom
    October 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    One word:: Jacka**. They should pull him permanently.


    • 14 Proud of Obama
      October 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      I called espn and screamed that he should be fired. We must stay on this.

      • October 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        He said all of this crap knowing that PBO watches ESPN and Monday night football. His statements were really insensitive. I am happy thaat ESPN wasn’t ok with this. Of course I am sure they got a lot of pushback. People don’t just sit idly by and let this stuff go anymore.

        • October 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm

          It really must tick off these assholes that PBO is featured regularly, and in a positive light, on ESPN. They must HATE the fact that he fills out a March Madness bracket and that the on-air talent treat him with respect and seem to enjoy being with him. It drives them insane with jealousy and anger. So I agree, COS. I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled this stunt on purpose. It’s not enough for these sociopaths to dislike something — they won’t rest until they spoil it for everyone else. They’re psychologically ill.

        • 17 jacquelineoboomer
          October 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

          COS – You are right, except when it comes to people like Pat Buchanan – who’s still on MSNBC.

      • 18 GGail
        October 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I sent espn an email and stated that I want his removal to be permanent because he disrespected the President of the United States! I did thank them for removing him from tonight’s game.

  4. 19 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Good. Hope he was pulled permanently. Rightwingers and GOPTeabaggers think it’s just dandy to use racial slurs against President Obama or compare him to horrible bottom of the barrel dictators who had no regard for human life. They no longer bother to hide their hate for President Obama. They wear it as a badge of pride. But hey, why should I be surprised that his disgusting comments weren’t rebuked by Fox and Friends. After all; Fox News is where racists and bigots come home to roost.

    • October 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      While I can’t judge Fox and Friends’ sincerity, Gretchen Carlson did say this on air after Williams’ comments:

      “I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president,” co-anchor Gretchen Carlson said after the segment.

      • 21 jacquelineoboomer
        October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        I was going to chime in that the first part of her statement “we disavow” sounded as though it came through her ear phone, but later in her comment when she said “at least I’m going to say that,” it sure sounds like she stood up alone to voice her opinion. So, good for her.

  5. October 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Good for ESPN

    ah, the hater wants to be a senator, but he’s not even fit to be senator of the ignoramuses

  6. 23 anniebella
    October 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    ESPN will be hearing from me. There are some white folks who just think black folks should stay in their place. Get rid of Hank Williams Jr., let him go write the anthem for the KKK, or the Tea Republican Party. Pat Boone is the same racists idiot.

  7. October 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Just sent ESPN a thank you and told them as a huge football fan and viewer of ESPN that I don’t want to see or hear Williams on ESPN ever again. This can not be tolerated!

  8. October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm


    another day another dawn

    October 3, 2011******* Today we extend our best wishes to the First Couple on their 19th wedding anniversary.

    October 17, 2011******Exactly two weeks from today will mark PBO’s one thousand days in office. This wikipedia link lists all US presidents and updates PBO’s number of days in office daily: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_time_in_office

    what to do to show our appreciation and gratitude to this hardworking president on his thousand days of service…….

  9. October 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    It’s time these knuckle dragging throw-backs learn that when you spewing crap on one of these right-wing shows, that your words may come back to haunt.

    The Monday night football opening is seen by millions and for this guy to have remained as the opening act, for me personally would’ve dampen the mood.

    His actions proved that he wasn’t that bright after all.

  10. 31 Dakota
    October 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I sent ESPN an email demanding that the spot be pulled permanently. Disgusting pig!

    October 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm


  12. 33 desertflower
    October 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I just sent them an email. I told them that I was glad that they took immediate action for tonight, but that that wasn’t good enough. They need to permanently remove him from the intro of MNF otherwise we will all see, and he will know that they condone that racist, bigoted behavior….I told them that his statement offended me and his personal views had no place in that venue. I told them he needs to be fired from that spot and someone that is respectful put in…I’m sure that they could find someone much more appropriate.

    • 34 dotster3
      October 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      I also sent an email with similar sentiment. Thank you for pulling from tonight—–but anyone who makes such hate-filled, divisive, disgusting comments, disrespectful of President Obama and the presidency, who has demonstrated a lack of decency and common sense—does not deserve to be showcased on their telecast—–or any telecast. And that the sports fans in our house do not want to see H. Williams, Jr. on any future telecast. He needs to be sent packing.

  13. 37 Bill
    October 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    ESPN told HP that they are still evaluating whether to use the Williams song in the future. ESPN needs to hear from us.

    • 39 anniebella
      October 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      I just call ESPN and told them they need to get rid of that racists creep’s song.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Doris. Just filled out their online form. I mostly belong to Athletics Anonymous, but I pretended I watch ESPN.

    • 42 Olivia
      October 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      I wrote them a nice email respectfully demanding that they pull Williams, Jr. permanently… Thanks for the link 🙂

    • 43 Puddin'
      October 4, 2011 at 2:00 am

      I love this site and everyone here…you all keep me in the “know”, my friends are always impressed by my knowledge and resources, thanks to you all. I just sent an email to ESPN and Hank Williams PR person.

  14. 44 Linda
    October 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm


    So Chris Matthews has a commercial that has been running for months claiming he gets upset about how so many criticize PBO…saying that only in This Country…could his becoming President proves American Exceptionalism ( with the White House in the background )

    Right now he is having a live show with Michael Moore and Mark Penn so they can ALL SIT THERE ARE CRITICIZE the President.

    I turned it off.

    • 45 nintendowii10
      October 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      This is why I quit watching Tweety. He is just like Willard Mitt Romney, flip flopping from day to day. Michael Moore is a fat piece of shit who wants attention to him, and Mark Penn is a Rovian Democrat.

    • October 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Michael is selling a book. He hates the Pres.
      Chris can be good but he disgusts me tonight. Arent they all Hillary people?…really

    • October 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      I saw this bullshit on MSNBC. Two white guys, one Michael Moore who makes a living off rolling up in folkss joint with a camera and a few persnickedy lines to say say “i got You!” and a former Clintonite Mark Penn, who coached Hillary on how to race-bait ion 2008. FUCK THEM ALL.

      • 50 anniebella
        October 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

        Let us not forget it was Mark Penn and the Hillary campaign who first started this mess about the President’s birth certificate.

      • October 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        And let us remember that Mark Penn LOST his last election… and Michael Moore has never even had one.. and Chris is too chicken to throw his hat into the ring. Arm chair fools/tools & trolls.. concerning themselves with ‘advising’ President Barack Obama & Team.. what a JOKE.

        • 52 Puddin'
          October 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

          Chris gets on my last nerve…he is everything he criticize others for. He is full of bull…

        • 53 jacquelineoboomer
          October 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

          sherijr – Those who can lead become leaders; those who cannot lead become news pundits. Even the spitters among ’em.

    • 54 Bobfr
      October 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      So, #ChrisMathews has #RACEBAITERPenn & #MMFLINTSTONE do a bit of #PresidentObama bashing. Solution – boycott the advertisers. #PRESSON


    • 60 Bobfr
      October 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Let’s be clear #GOPFAIL President’s are mega cash flow for #MMFLINT #NEWSTAINERChrisMathews stop enabling the #TEABAGGER 5th Column


    • 61 desertflower
      October 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Send HIM an email and tell him exactly what you just said here:) Perfect.

  15. 62 desertflower
    October 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    O/T….but THIS is why the very wealthy are whining??? The President’s plan for them..in graph form:)
    Hardly worth the moaning, if you ask me. Spoiled brats.

  16. 63 Uche
    October 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Is Mark Penn not the same guy that PBO cleaned his clocks just 3 years ago while he was running Hillary’s campaign?. Who told him he’s got better political insight to how the President should run his re-election campaign?

    • October 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Ain’t this some twisted shit, Uche? Left-overs from 2008. I loathe these people who try to stick a microscope up the POTUS’ ass to analyze, inject, and second guess.. Would have bee great if they’d done this for GWB, HUH? then we wouldn’t have PBO digging us out of the shit they spread all over our country.

      • 65 Uche
        October 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

        Some twisted shit I tell you!….and why isTweety even having this discussion?. He had an opening to run for Senate a few yrs back – and he went limp….give me a break!. Did he ever have a discussion on how any of the past Presidents should run their campaign?. He ascribes too much knowledge and wisdom to himself, but I think he’s really very vacuous upstairs!.

  17. 66 Bobfr
    October 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @bhofheimer_espn Thank you for having the decency to remove #HATETALKERWILLIAMS from ESPN tonight – make it permanent, please.

  18. 69 Nefer
    October 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I tweeted? sent a tweet? to the ESPN MNF PR guy as suggested. I thanked him for dropping Hank Williams Jr from MNF as his disrespect to the President and Presidency was inexcusable.
    Was this an okay tweet? I am new to this.

    I also noticed that we followed one person in common; Barack Obama 2012!

  19. 71 Lorraine
    October 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Please see my comment in the previous blog. ESPN is not the leader in sports for no reason. They love President Obama. Mike Dikita who campaigned for Palin is going to the White House to celebrate the Bears Super Bowl win 25 years ago, he is not stupid, he knows not to bash the President or he would be out of a job.

    • 72 EDP4BHO
      October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      He campaigned for Palin. How does that translate into love for President Obama? Not being facetious here. We remember and we know the garbage shew spewed and continues to spew out of her filthy stupid mouth. Let’s not half step our support and respect for PBO.

      • 73 Lorraine
        October 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        What??!!!!! Mike Dikita campaigned for Palin, he knows better than to bash President Obama because ESPN would fire him in a second, that is what I’m saying. President Obama invited the 1985 World Championship Bears to the White House, Dikita is going, instead of saying something stupid about why he might not want to go.

  20. 74 Alycee
    October 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Just lifted this from Sepia @ POU blog.

    Happy 19th Anniversary, President & Mrs. Obama!

  21. 83 Me4obama
    October 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    And the other reason ESPN pulled this IDIOT is because they know PBO watches ESPN SPORTS CENTER in the Morning when he is Michelling in the Gym, but still this pains me everytime I read it. May this bastard rot in HELL.

  22. October 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    WHERE ARE THE FUCKING JOBS???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    My neighbors on the left and right of me, husband and wife have been UNEMPLOYED since forever. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    • 85 anniebella
      October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Ametia, ask the companies who is sitting on trillions of dollars, but won’t hire anyone. I am so sick and tired of people saying these companies need to confidence. How about these companies taking a chance on the American people who want to work, how about these companies taking a chance on this country they claim to love. And while you are at it, talk to the Tea Republicans and ask them why is it they refuse to put this country before their party. If they don’t like the President’s jobs bill, then why don’t they put forth a jobs bill? They know people are suffering but they don’t care, you can bet that if we still had a Speaker Pelosi, she would be doing all she can to work with this President to put people back to work. I pray the American people are not fool by these T-Republicans. Ametia call Boehner and Canter and ask them where are the fucking jobs?

  23. 88 Linda
    October 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Two of Michelle Bachmann’s top aides quit and others are going back to work at her Congressional Office.

    ” Herb” Cain’s Communications Director quit

    • 93 Left-Indie
      October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      This Hank is pure crazy. Obama is doing something to the southern white mentality. But while outrage generating, and the tweets to ESPN are great, it’s all stupid distraction. The REAL MEAT is what Doris posted above. This is some shit that I wish would generate more outrage. It ain’t because what the lastest T-bagger said about Obama or Michelle is what gets us all boiled up. This election is gonna be very close and they keep putting their thumbs on the scale. We gotta pay a lot of attention to this.

  24. 97 FTL
    October 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    All I can say about idiots like this is that they are tired and that mess is tired. Also when judgement day comes and The Lord tells them to get on the elevator and push that down button they cannot say I did not know I was doing wrong, because you know they have been told.

  25. 99 GGail
    October 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm



    Webster & Assoc. Public Relations & Marketing
    Kirt Webster
    ph. (615) 777-6995

  26. 100 Elly in MD
    October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Sorry I don’t twitter, but I did send an email to espn (using their “contact us” link at the bottom then taking a million steps before sending my message). So please everyone do this. But I don’t want to linger on this, it just puts a bad taste in my mouth…..but on the other hand it’s good to be reminded of the kinds of creeps that are out there.

    Is it true this a-hole wants to run for public office?

    Oh yes, Mark Penn – he’s the guy who forgot that Democratic primaries aren’t winner-take-all.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Elly – You are right. We just need to send our comments and then #PRESSON. We cannot be discouraged by these haters.

  27. 102 Alycee
    October 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    SoS Hillary Rodham Clinton honored 40 women entrepreneurs from 36 African nations participating in the 2011 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., this afternoon. Video @ http://video.state.gov

    She’s doing a great job for our country and President Obama.

  28. 103 halo
    October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Whatever you do. Don’t read the comments on ESPN. They are disgusting.

  29. October 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Compare and contrast:


    Hidden Democrats Emerging …

    First, Toby Keith, Democrat, gives an extended interview where he declares it every American’s patriotic duty to pay his share of taxes – specifically, that the very rich and the corporations should stump up and pay.

    But that’s not all, Huffington Post reports this:-

    Toby Keith says gay marriage doesn’t bother him and trying to stop it wastes time and money.

    The country superstar tells “CMT Insider” airing Saturday on CMT that he doesn’t see the reason behind getting into people’s personal lives. He says refusing a marriage license to people because they are gay won’t stop them from living together, so it accomplishes nothing.

    Keith also weighed in on the military’s now-repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that banned gays serving openly in uniform. He says that anyone with the training and passion should have the right to defend the country, adding: “Somebody’s sexual preference is, like, who cares?”

    The “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” singer has taken part in nine USO tours to entertain U.S. troops overseas.

  30. 108 GGail
    October 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    A word from Nancy Pelosi on “Making History”

    Thanks to you, we made history with a powerful and unforgettable showing. Democrats beat our $1.5 Million grassroots goal for September’s critical Federal Election Commission deadline!

    Because of our incredible grassroots supporters we had a record-breaking deadline day on Friday. Please consider the records you helped us shatter:
    The highest grossing day in online support in DCCC history.
    The most contributions online in one day ever.
    The most first-time online grassroots contributions in a single day.
    Your overwhelming response and the groundswell of support is humbling. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.

    This was the first FEC deadline since President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act. It’s clear that Democrats stand stronger and more united than ever before in our fight to win the House Majority, grow the economy and respond to House Republicans’ extreme agenda.

    The generous contributions of grassroots Democrats will be put to work immediately in our aggressive effort to hold Republicans accountable with targeted advertising, grassroots organizing, and rapid response research.

    Thank you again for your extraordinary, record-breaking support. Onward to more Democratic victories together!

    Nancy Pelosi

    P.S. It’s critical we get as many signatures as possible for our petition calling on House Republicans to pass the American Jobs Act. Please sign our petition right now telling Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to pass the bill. Then, share it on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you.

  31. October 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Yeah, so, I’ve been watching the last few minutes of ESPN Monday Night Football — and they’ve just been talking right through the place where the opening song would be. :mrgreen:

    So far, no replacement song; maybe they’re just going to talk right up to the opening kick.

    • 114 nintendowii10
      October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Going over to the NFL site and the thread about this silliness, I can’t blame ESPN for pulling HWJ. Just pure nastiness and ignorance on behalf of some of the posters there.

      NFL is an American pastime, a sport, and governmental politics should NOT be part of the conversation. Period. You don’t see NFL folks going on the cable news channels espousing their political views, because football is supposed to take our minds off of all that.

      I personally see this situation playing out like this: HWJ issues your typical right wing non-apology apology, and ESPN reinstates his song. Although, IMO it would be wise for ESPN to cut HWJ and get someone more current, or even better, not even have an opening at all… I’ve never found that opening to “pump” me up for MNF, so why even bother with one? Most folks have already downed their first beer by the time the opening comes around.

  32. October 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    A very happy 19th anniversary to the Obamas. May they continue their unshakable romance for many years to come. God Bless them and their family.

    Remember this video guys?

    (remember to take the volume off. The guy in the background sounds creepy).

  33. 124 Doris
    October 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm


    Ben LaBolt, Press Secretary

    Click to access d20ba3a72daa962185_bskhmvcji.pdf

  34. October 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I heard this on the radio on my way home tonight. Thanks Chipsticks–for posting the contact for ESPN PR. I tweeted him.

  35. 126 vero804
    October 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    LOL…Toyota now has commercials talking about their American jobs connection. They even brought out a little girl saying that her dad works for Toyota. They’re getting nervous!

  36. October 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    If anyone is hoping to attend the Rev Al march on Washington – here is the bus locations, I hope gobs of folks attend.

    In my area we are holding a rally in the courthouse which is a joint rally – Jobs not Cuts and Occupy Santa Rosa combo. We expect a large crowd, and I am confident the rally will support the American Jobs Act and the President.


  37. 128 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I wrote and tweeted. I hope they are getting lots of mail and that they make the drop permanent.

  38. October 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I had read that Jr was a teabagger so not surprised by this. Too bad he’s such a brainwashed asshole, though.

    Nashville is ful of non-brainwashed Dems, though! Ha.

  39. 132 anniebella
    October 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I don’t want ESPN to pull some kind of MSNBC crap, when they just suspended that piece of shit Mark Halperin, I want ESPN to dump that racists bastard song. Dump Williams Jr. song.

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Joe: GOP has damaged Congress by removing Rep. Omar from committee
  • How Russia is importing western products despite sanctions
  • Why Trump's 2024 campaign is anything but normal
  • Garry Kasparov: Putin's attempts to restore Russia's lost empire destined to fail
  • 'The Nazi Conspiracy' uncovers a little known WWII Nazi plot



Blog Stats

  • 43,331,562 hits
October 2011

%d bloggers like this: