Skip to comments.Obama’s Choice: 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts, or Joy Behar?
Posted on 07/29/2010 9:30:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
Incredibly, the president declined an invitation to this week's Boy Scout National Jamboree, opting to tape an episode of The View instead.
Tonight, 45,000 Boy Scouts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organizations founding at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, a quadrennial event being held at Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia just a short car ride outside of Washington, D.C.
President Obama was invited to attend this celebration of one of Americas most important institutions. But rather incredibly, he declined and appeared on an episode of The View with Joy Behar instead. If the presidents advisors had any sense at all, they would squeeze in a trip to the jamboree this coming weekend. He would find thousands of our nations future leaders exhibiting character, honor, and love of country, while having a whole lot of fun.
For more than seventy years, Boy Scouts have assembled every four years a jamboree. In 1937, President Roosevelt started the tradition by inviting all the nations scouts to participate on the National Mall. Never since has so much character and integrity been found in Washington, D.C., as when these 25,000 Boy Scouts were encamped around the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument.
The jamboree has become the grandest event in a grand organization. I had the joy of attending the 1981 event. Scouts participate in a marvelous week of character and confidence building, adventure, fun, and interaction with fellow Scouts from around the country and the world. The public can visit and see the jamboree fun firsthand at Fort A.P. Hill through next Tuesday.
As I noted, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, and our nation owes them a salute. In our age of fractured culture and frayed character, the Boy Scouts have endured. Some of our nations greatest leaders, innovators, and heroes are Eagle Scouts: Neil Armstrong, Steve Fossett, Bill Bradley, Stephen Breyer, Ross Perot, Gerald Ford, Clive Cussler, Ellison Onizuka, Louis Freeh, Steven Spielberg, and Elmo Zumwalt, Eagles all.
Central to Scouting are the ideals of honor, integrity, and character. The Scout Oath starts: On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and country. What simple but profound American ideals doing your best, duty to God, honor, country. Perhaps Scouting is the prescription for what ails so much of modern America, whether it be shrill political discourse, cultural sloth, or outright lawlessness, whether inside government or on tough city streets.
I earned my Eagle Scout in 1984. Decades later, it is amazing how many problems in life are resolved by turning to the Scout law that every Scout knows by heart: a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Consider what a service this proud organization is doing for our nation by instilling these values in millions of Scouts who probably dont hear much about these traits in schools these days. Imagine how much greater our nation would be if every young man followed these rules.
We live in an age of vanishing shared experience. Americans have different places to find news and different places to find music. The ties that bind us are corroding, and this is not good for our nation. But every four years, Scouts from sea to shining sea descend on the Washington, D.C., area for the jamboree. These Scouts preserve the mystic chords of our memory, as Lincoln more than once called the living history that binds our nation. He called these shared experiences the pillars of the temple of liberty, subject to crumbling unless we supply new pillars from time to time to keep the temple upright.
I saw hundreds of Scouts in Union Station last week. They were an amazing sight. Their exuberance, character, and love of America are on display for anyone to see this week at the jamboree. They are the real hope for America. Its a shame our president cant pay them a short visit and learn more about the great importance of Scouting.
We all know what a Boy Scout HE was in his youth. /ridicule.
Why did I come here? Well, ah, .....
a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. ....
And ., ah, I am not.
Leftists hate the boy-scouts and what they represent. They talk about God. They promote individual initiative. They don’t accept homosexuals. They talk about traditional values.
This isn’t entirely accurate. Obama didn’t choose “The View” over the BSA, he chose a multi-million dollar fundraiser in NYC. “The View” was just a convenient excuse to get US taxpayers to foot the bill to NY, rather than the Obama campaign.
In the View picture would you say:
Looks more like a TRANSEZUAL or PRESIDENTIAL?
In all the photos I’ve seen, Whoopi doesn’t look too happy. Why the sad face...jealous of the attention He was giving to Babs?
The undocumented pres_ _ent Obama does not.
That entire picture is just wrong.
They may not realize it, but being snubbed by the gay, marxist usurper is really a compliment to The Boy Scouts.
Wow. Pics tell the story, don’t they?
I am glad he didn’t go. Think of the lessons the Scouts would have learned that day about hypocrisy.
“We want all of you to honor the Scout Law, but we are going to have a speaker today who is the polar opposite on every line of the pledge.”
Obama probably feared he’d lose control around so many young boys ~ the sweating hands, panting breathlessness, and shaking would probably give him away.
That's alright, they don't need anymore "gays" coming in there, laying guilt trips on them and telling them what to do.
Hey Barry...GAY MUCH???
Their actions would be in stark contrast to the reception the Boy Scouts received from the members of the President's party at their national convention in 2008.
I believe too, that the Boy Scouts were better off that he stayed away
I agree 100 percent
THIS was funny - I can hear his voice saying it... Very well done! ;-)
Gee, and I thought David Paterson was the one who was blind!
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