Published: Sep 14, 2010 3:26 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2010 12:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer is apologizing to President Barack Obama for opposing his back-to-school speech last year.

Greer, who resigned in February after allegations of misspending party money, gained national attention last year after saying Obama's plans to address school children was an attempt to indoctrinate them to his socialist agenda.

Greer on Tuesday said he and his children look forward to this year's speech.

Greer said in a text message, "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."

Greer is facing theft and money laundering charges from his time at the party.