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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  • by jon on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    I agree totally with Anonymous, and Orville.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    The president should be speaking to the parents of these students to tell them to be more involved with schools. The most successful schools are not dependent on the government; they are dependent on the parents and grandparents who volunteer.
  • by Orville Location: Stockbrige on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    No!! The president should not be speeking to students when they are too young and don't understand what everything is about. Students are not adults and cannot make decisions. The president is out of line trying to persuade students to make these kinds of decisons.
  • by Mark Location: East Lansing on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    Hey Jim Greer, way to change your mind. Now that you actually READ what the speech is about instead of just blindly accusing it of "a socialist agenda", you don't have an issue with it. Greer, you sound a heck of a lot like Saul Anuzis...I'm so glad that he's not in power in Michigan anymore...he would have said the same things.
  • by usa on Sep 7, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    I think that is is ignorant of any parent to refuse their child the chance of hearing anyone as sucessful as a U.S. president that is reaching out to children in the school. It is a chance of a lifetime and people should look at it as an opportunity and not a political view.
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