Presidential Critic Is Now OK with School Speech

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

One of the critics of the president's planned address to the nation's school children now says it's "a good speech."
Florida Republican party chairman Jim Greer had said last week that he was "absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars" were being used to spread what he called "President Obama's socialist ideology."
Greer tells ABC News that he now favors the speech after changes were made to supporting materials for teachers and to the speech itself. He says the remarks stress the importance of education and encourage kids to stay in school.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has called the harsh criticism "a sad state of affairs." Gibbs says opponents would rather start an "'Animal House' food fight" rather than inspire children.
The White House has posted Obama's remarks on its Web site. He's scheduled to deliver the talk from a suburban Virginia school. It will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and on the White House Web site.


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