On September 3, Republican Party chair Jim Greer (left) was quoted as stating before President Obama's speech that he “was appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.”
On September 8, Greer was reported to have read the text of the speech prior to its delivery and to have found nothing to criticize. Of course, it's difficult to call subversive a presidential speech with passages such as the following:
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
How is it that Greer was ready to denounce Obama's speech and its supposed ideology before he had actually read or heard it? It's clear that Greer, who holds a position of responsibility in his party, was spouting off. The assumption on the right is that anything said or proposed by Obama must be "socialist" or "fascist" or any other label thrown about recklessly. Both terms have been applied with equal abandon by the eminent historian Glenn Beck.
As far as I know, Greer has neither issued an apology nor shown any embarrassment for his earlier ridiculous remarks. His later concession cost nothing and he knows it. He played a part in convincing gullible parents to keep their children home. One father in Texas did so, stating, "I don't want our schools turned over to some socialist movement." It's unfortunate for a father to keep his children home from school so that they can't hear a speech whose real message was to stay in school. Some students who actually heard the speech said the following:
“He made me think I can do anything I want to,” Haley [Welch] said after the speech. “Even if I have problems at home, school is a different place where I can leave that behind.”
...“I liked the speech,” said Christian Cristin-Sanchez, summing up views of several classmates. “He said you have to work hard, to always listen to others and have respect.”
...“Asking a question is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength,” Ella Zeiler added.
These, I suppose, represent the young minds indoctrinated by Obama. How many reckless charges must be made against this President before those–like Jim Greer–who make them are immediately dismissed as buffoons?