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Scarborough Slams Greer on Obama School Address

Former Pensacola Congressman Joe Scarborough disagrees with Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer’s assertion that President Barack Obama’s back-to-school speech next week was an attempt to “indoctrinate” students to his “socialist ideology.”

Greer took issue last week with recommended lesson plans from Education Secretary Arne Duncan to accompany the educational pep-talk, which included asking elementary students to write essays about how they could help the president.

Scarborough, who now hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, said the flap was “silly season” and said Gov. Charlie Crist should criticize the suggestion if he wants to be a national Republican leader.

“They are accusing Barack Obama of being socialist and wanting to indoctrinate children because he wants to give a speech about hard work,” Scarborough during his show Friday. “Republicans have so many things to talk about right now, about how the president’s overreached, about how he’s gone to far left, how he’s followed Nancy Pelosi, but instead of talking about issues and ideas, we’re talking about death panels and indoctrination. Come on, grow up.”

Greer’s statement made national news, but Obama still plans to deliver the nationally-televised speech, which Duncan has encouraged school principals to allow students to watch, but the lesson plan recommendations were changed to ask students how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.

Scarborough has criticized Florida Republicans before, blasting former House Speaker Ray Sansom for accepting a job with a college that receives some of its funding from the state and Republicans in the Legislature for standing by Sansom as the maelstrom grew.

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