State school board president won't be removed over Hitler post

Ohio Democratic Party files lawsuit seeking access to woman's cell phone and other records.
Feb 11, 2013


The State Board of Education voted this morning not to remove President Debe Terhar because of a social media posting some critics said seemed to compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

The board voted 10-6 against removing her as president.

The vote came after Terhar apologized to the board and the public for her “error in judgment.”

In another development, the Ohio Democratic Party filed lawsuit seeking access to her cell phone and other records.

Democrats went directly to the Ohio Supreme Court with a suit filed asking the justices to force Ohio Department of Education officials to turn over all records related to what the suit called Tehar’s “inflammatory comment.”

The department initially said the records don’t exist, but a published account of one of her phone text messages on the subject subsequently surfaced.

At the meeting, Terhar said he was sorry for the Hitler reference.

“I sincerely apologize for and truly regret my hasty action,” she said in a statement. “It was never my desire or my intention to offend anyone at any time.”

Terhar said her “error in judgment must not delay any of the valuable work of this board.”

Following the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s call for tighter gun laws, Terhar drew fire for posting on her Facebook page a photograph of Hitler along with this quote: “Never forget what this tyrant said, ‘To conquer a nation first disarm its citizens’ — Adolf Hitler.” Critics said the posting seemed to compare the president to the Nazi leader responsible for millions of deaths in World War II.


Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Hitler, Lenin, Chavez, et al, what's the difference?

Pres. BHO is a demagogue who needs and uses straw men and foils to help make his central planning arguments since his collectivist ideas cannot stand on their own.


Frist off I'm an Obama fan, however I don't see any legal standing to supena any records, no law was broken. I see these post all the time from conservative friends. I really don't understand how the Supreme Court or any other court would be involved in this.


I concur

Cliff Cannon

I second Slim


It is nice to know you and Slim are Obama fans!


It's called: Rule of Law. Something, which Pres. BHO like most sociopathic leaders tends to stretch and break when it suits his ambitions.

Cliff Cannon

@ buckeye15 :Do you happen to know where one can buy a scraper cheap? In agreeing with Slim, I thought he was agreeing with "dontcare's " statement: " I see these post all the time from conservative friends. I really don't understand how the Supreme Court or any other court would be involved in this. " So, I 'seconded' it.

Then,I see what Slim was really " concuring " about. And that is why I need a scraper. To get the egg oFF my face.


What one says on their own time, outside of work has nothing to do with their work. I agree, this is just Democrats trying as hard as they can do discredit a Republican. Do you really think if this was one of their own, they be going this far? I think not.

And this case could go the opposite way and I'd say the same thing. Childish.


First Amendment to the US Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


That is if
1: the Democrats/liberals object to what was said/printed.
2: It is a republican/conservative that said or posted it.


O okay arnmcrmn! How would you feel if this individual was over heard at a bar ploting child molestation or casually joking about it. But it was ( after ) work....??


Arnmcrmn I only ask since you seem to have all the answers


well if you would give a good comparison, I'd give you an answer.


I'm jealous! I've often been castigated for having "all the answers!" :)

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : " Jealousy " is so unbecoming a gentleman :)

Got a super bowl commercial parody for you to check out. " It's called so God made a liberal ". A great take oFF on Paul Harvey's " So God made a farmer ".

Look forward to your observations on this one.


@ CC:

Thanks! I passed it around.

God? Doubtful. Perhaps closer to Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory.


I'm not sure why this is even a story. The lady simply made a statement that is opinion, and probably a very accurate statement at that. She is comparing his leadership style to Hitler's - promise the world to the people who are in a bad situation economically, thus having to rely increasingly on government assistance - difference is those people were looking for TEMPORARY help and got taken advantage of - many people in this country have no pride or dignity and put themselves in the position of feeling like they are entitled to government assistance PERMANENTLY as opposed to using it to get back on their feet and become self-reliant.


She should be removed for offending Hitler like that!


Entspannen, Sie sich, atmen Sie ein, ausatmen.

Cliff Cannon

@ kURTje : Guter Punkt.

jack langhals

When a delegate at the DNC Convention said ",Everyone is welcome in our party as long as they are not ,Gun TotIn,Christian Rednecks"I didn't holler discrimination.