September 2nd, 2009
02:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Florida GOP chair: Obama trying to 'indoctrinate' children

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Tuesday issued a statement to "condemn President Obama's use of taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."

Jim Greer also accused President Obama of "using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda."

The state party chair issued the statement in response to a White House announcement that Obama would appear in a nationally broadcast address to primary school students around the country. The White House has said the president would be urging students to “(take) responsibility for their success in school.”

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology," Greer said.

The Department of Education has released documents that list suggested questions for students to consider during the speech, and activities that teachers can use to guide discussion afterward. Activities listed include creating posters outlining their personal and academic goals, and “(writing) letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda

    I had no idea Florida GOP was this dumb

    September 2, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Grog in Ohio

    Everyday there's a new Republican making headlines for stupidity and everyday I think they have had to have bottomed out now. But nope... a new idiot emerges from their depths the very next day.

    September 2, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Angie in Pa

    You see they dont want our Children to be educated because if there Educated Chances are they wont vote Republican they want to keep them Uneducated so they can believe their lies!

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Kris D., Toronto

    "Taking responsibility for their success in school" = Socialsim??

    Do these fools even know what socialsim is? Is that their reply to everything? It's getting pretty old... and quite sad.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Joe C.

    While I don't believe what Mr. Greer is saying, it is important to guard against anything of the sort in this great nation. We really need to slow Barack Obama's extreme agenda down – and I say that as one who absolutely hated the Bush years. The Patriot Act and the Deficits Terri Schiavo and Republican scandals were horrible things. Mr. Bush put us in a state of what President Eisenhower would call "imbalance and frustration". Mr. Obama isn't easing this and may be taking us to chaos and tumult. I think he would serve this nation properly if he would refrain from his excesses and calm the nation. He must stop Pelosi from forcing San Francisco economic idiocy and moral depravity to people in America who DON'T WANT ANY PART OF IT.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Very poor!

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Amazed

    Regardless of ALL scientific evidence to the contrary, it would appear that mental illness is contagious. How else to explain Jim Greer and other's delusional, paranoid comments.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Craig of LA

    "The president would be urging students to “(take) responsibility for their success in school." This my friends is traditional American values. Only the most twisted of minds could pervert the intent of this interaction. Republicans – the party of old, angry and rascist white people will do and say anything as they pray for their deliverer, their 'Great White Hope." This lunatic fringe stands bare in ugly transparency – despicable, shameful and unAmerican.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. MCD, SF, CA

    What he is saying is EXACTLY what the republicans have been doing for years. Newt Gingrich started this years ago... they go after the young and turn them to the "dark side".

    Everything that the republicans accuse Pres. Obama and the Dems of doing is something that they have already done themselves.

    This is why the republican party is shrinking... shrinking... shrinking.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Angie in Pa

    What isnt Socialism with these nutbag Republicans?

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Scotty

    Yet another inhabitant of Bizzaro-World.

    September 2, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why would Republican Party of Florida Leader Jim Greer disagree with President Obama saying Parent and students should “(take) more responsibility for their success in school, it begain at home with parent. WHY! WHY! WHY!

    September 2, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Dr. Ed Holmes

    The GOP and Jim Greer do not represent me. I think President Obama is doing a great job. Our leaders in Florida think that it is great when we get a new hotel and restaurant at the airport with all of the wonderful hospitality jobs that it creates. We need to be more like Alabama that gets Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes, and steel plants that create great jobs with great benefits. Florida, for the most part, other than Senator Nelson, is run by a bunch of redneck losers. I just got back from Scotland where the VAT is 18.5% and gasoline costs $7.50 a gallon and the residents of Florida think they are over taxed. Go figure!

    September 2, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. DianeR PC FL

    We all know that the Gutless Obstructionist Party Education platform can be summed up in three words: Keep America Stupid. I would strongly suggest to Mr. Greer that he keep his fascist-indoctrinated, ritalin-sotted brats away from my children in Florida's socialist (public) schools. I don't want them influenced by the same skin-head racist mentality demonstrated by this arrogant conservidiot sniveling moron.

    September 2, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. o garza

    perhaps it is the fear that these peoples' children are more intelligent than the parents.

    September 2, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. JoeCool

    I laugh at people who say Obozo was elected by a majority of Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth. More people didn't vote for him than did vote for him. Between people who didn't vote and those that voted for McCain, Obozo was far, far from any majority the left lies about. Obviously, math is not required to be a left wing extremist.

    September 2, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. demwit

    Geeee, what can I do to help president Obama.

    Oh oh, I guess he wants me to just sit down and shut up since I don't agree with a HUGE federal government. Unless of course, I want to fall this progressively graded class..., right??

    September 2, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. gwen

    President Obama is going to talk to students about doing well in school, and being responsible for their own success – isn't that what we hear the right wing nuts yelling all the time – I'm responsible for my self and my family- you take care of yours!! Now when our president is addressing students to achieve, he's called a socialist – these guys are the scary guys – this is like McCarthyism all over again!! I'd be honored to have my student addressed by the president – in fact my bright educated daughter went to 2 of Obama's speeches and was so impressed with his intelligence and reasoning!! Go Obama, you're doing a great job!!

    September 2, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Does anyone remember where W was when he was informed about 9/11? Sitting in a classroom with our children. This goes too far, I cannot believe the Republicans! Where is their brain???

    September 2, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Brad

    That is because republicans do not support education at all. They know that if they get an educated public, they will have no votes whatsoever other than greedy, upper class, rich old white men. Wasn't W reading to a classroom when several planes killed 3000 people? Why was this not condemned by republicans?

    September 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Mary

    For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama's speeches on education for their students to contemplate - and ask as questions such as "Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?"

    These are some of the things people are protesting... If this is not the start of a socialist tell me what is.

    September 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Anna Medvecky

    I am sick to death of the GOP knee-jerks at every little act that our new president does.

    I do not consider a nationally broadcast speech to our youngest citizens from our president, liberal or socialist propaganda.
    Suggestions for questions and discussion topics, creating posters, outlining personal and academic goals and writing letters to themselves are all wonderful teaching tools.

    What is wrong with this man's thinking? Why doesn't he yap about health-care reform or a budget that is not going to tax these same young citizens out of existence?

    September 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    What in the bleap is this guy talking about....This guy will be on the Ed Show under the topic of "Psycho Talk."

    The pubs have one simple plan: to denegrate and insult our President. If he as a problem with how our President is governing, then he should run for the office. TOTAL FOOL U IDIOT.

    September 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Lila

    It doesn't matter what Obama actually says...he's OBVIOUSLY trying to indoctrinate and socialize at every turn. Beware!

    September 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. o garza

    It is wrong to listen to the President of the United States in public schools funded by the government but alright to pray in schools?

    September 2, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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