Ex-Party Chair Apologizes to Obama for GOP’s ‘Racist Views’

September 14, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—Remember last year’s right-wing freak out over President Obama’s back to school speech to school children, to encourage them to work hard? Fox News and other right-wingers hysterically accused Obama of indoctrinating our school children with his scary black guy Kenyan socialism. One of the first GOP leaders to jump on the disgusting race-baiting bandwagon, was now-former Florida GOP chairman, Jim Greer. The disgraced pol now stands accused of six felony accounts, including grand theft and money laundering, in connection with his treating Party funds like his personal checking account.

Somewhere between assailing our first black president as a scary socialist who was coming after America’s school children, and being indicted on felony charges that could land him in jail for 75-years, Greer has developed a conscience. Yesterday, he emailed President Obama, the day before Obama was due to deliver his second back to school speech. And Greer apologized for his previous remarks, while also acknowledging the rampant racism within the ranks of the Republican Party.

Last year at this time Greer, said about Obama’s back to school message, “taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.”

This year, Greer has found religion, a conscience or a shred of human decency. Or maybe he has nothing to lose now, since the GOP has thrown him to the curb.

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the Nation’s school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President’s speech.”

Greer’s use of the phrase “prepared statement” is interesting. Is he saying the attack on President Obama was intentionally coordinated within the Republican Party? And it took Greer this long to discover racism existed in the GOP?

President Obama gave his back to school speech today, at the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania amid much less controversy. Although right-wingers, such as Newt Gingrich are still hurling race-based attacks at the President, apparently this year Obama can speak directly to our kids, without a right-wing freak out.

But the previous “indoctrination” attacks have had a lasting impact. Some schools are allowing parents the choice of removing their children from the classroom during the President’s speech.

Last year the school district in Arlington, Texas refused to show President Obama’s speech live, citing classroom disruptions and so on. But the school made plans to bus children to Cowboys Stadium to hear former President George W. Bush speak. After receiving criticism, the school canceled the Bush trip. And this year, without the Fox News propaganda machine in full gear attacking the President’s back to school message, the Arlington school district will show the speech live.

Arlington made national news when district officials decided not to show Obama’s speech live — after they agreed to allow about 600 fifth-graders to be bused to an event that month featuring former President George W. Bush.

The district later scrapped plans for the Bush event at Cowboys Stadium, and Superintendent Jerry McCullough apologized for not showing Obama’s speech live.

This year, Arlington will show it live at all schools, though logistics still need to be worked out, district spokeswoman Amy Casas said.

The full text of President Obama’s back to school message can be found here.


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