In September 2009, then-Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer released a withering attack on President Barack Obama, who at the time was planning a speech for the nation's schoolchildren about the importance of education. Greer said:
As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled [Editor's note: appalled!] that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology.
Behold, Jim Greer, Version 2.0:
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"In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation's schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served,'' Greer said in a written statement. "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."