Enough with the Obama-as-Hitler cracks
Hank Williams Jr., come to Los Angeles on Tuesday and meet the real Adolf Hitler.
Williams, who sings the theme song for ESPN's "Monday Night Football," was taken off Monday's broadcast over comments he made in an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
Williams compared the summer golf summit between [President] Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever," according to reports. "That turned a lot of people off."
"It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu," Williams said. "In the shape this country's in?"
Asked to explain his analogy, Williams said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are "the enemy," adding for some reason that they were "The Three Stooges."
Obama is Hitler?
Confused? Me too.
Because if you want to see who Hitler really was, you'll get your chance starting Tuesday.
A typed letter revealing Adolf Hitler’s disdain for the Jewish people and his plans to ostracize them from society, written years before he took over Germany, will be displayed for public viewing for the first time on Tuesday in an interactive exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
The letter was written by Hitler in 1919, six years before the publication of “Mein Kampf” (1925), Hitler's autobiography and manifesto. It details what he calls the “Jewish threat,” and argues for Germans to hinder Jews' ability to gain power and influence.
In the letter, Hitler writes: “Its final aim, however, must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.”
Now, Williams -- all Americans -- are, of course, free to criticize the president. I've heard and read Obama called a socialist; a Stalinist; a fascist. And it's not the first time I've read something likening him to Hitler.
But just re-read that one phrase in the Hitler letter -- "the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether" -- and tell me it doesn't horrify you. The Holocaust -- 6 million Jews sent to their deaths -- already taking shape in a madman's mind in 1919.
Obama may not be your favorite president. Heck, he may be your least favorite president.
But to label him a Hitler is to deny the incredible evil, the insane horror that the real Hitler visited on mankind.
Some will argue that President George W. Bush endured similar criticism.
I have the same response:
Don't do it. Not with Bush, not with Obama, not with any president. It's ignorant.
Hitler's dead. Don't trivialize his evil; don't dishonor his victims.
Photo: Detail of a letter written by Adolf Hitler in 1919, several years before he took power in Germany and put the Holocaust into motion. The letter is believed to be Hitler's first written comments calling for the annihilation of Jews. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press