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White House vs. Boy Scouts, Part 3
Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2010 | Chuck Norris

Posted on 07/06/2010 5:14:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

In parts 1 and 2, I discussed a series of evidences regarding how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America via delaying Eagle Scout certificate signings, denying the invitation to go to the BSA's 100th anniversary gala, downplaying his acceptance of BSA's honorary presidency, dodging official White House communications about the BSA, not defending the BSA against cultural attacks, and, hence, devaluing his all-around role as BSA's honorary president.

U.S. presidents have been proudly accepting and fulfilling the post of honorary president of the BSA since President William Howard Taft in 1910. Let me document some of that presidential advocacy, as recorded on the official BSA website.

Although Theodore Roosevelt (president from 1901-09) was no longer president of the United States when the BSA was founded in 1910, he was an ardent supporter of the organization. He was a troop committeeman of Troop 39 in Oyster Bay, N.Y., first council commissioner of Nassau County Council and the first and only man designated as "Chief Scout Citizen."

In 1910, President William Howard Taft agreed to be honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America to "thus sustain a similar relation to the movement as does King George V to a similar movement in England."

On June 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress, granting federal incorporation to the BSA.

President Warren G. Harding gave out "Harding Awards" to 5,058 Scout troops in 1923 for increasing their membership. He wrote to them, "I am with the Scout movement heart and soul."

President Calvin Coolidge's (1923-29) two sons were Scouts, and he was an involved father with them.

President Herbert Hoover (1929-33) "launched a forward movement and development program for the Boy Scouts of America at a dinner commemorating Scouting's 20th anniversary."

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) was an active Scout leader before becoming president. He was BSA president of the Greater New York Council. When FDR died in 1945, he had a 24-year record of service in Scouting.

President Harry S. Truman (1945-53) was also an ardent supporter of the BSA. He even traveled to Valley Forge, Pa., during his presidency to open the second National Scout Jamboree.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was another avid supporter of the BSA. His support began when his son became a Scout. In 1948, he became a member of the National Executive Board of the BSA.

John F. Kennedy (1961-63) was a Scout before becoming president, a member of Troop 2 in Bronxville, N.Y., from 1929-31 and a leader in the Boston Council.

President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) was an active Scout leader with the Capitol Area Council in Austin, Texas, and was a member of the National Capital Area Council from 1959-63. In 1963, he helped organize Post 1200 in Washington, D.C., which was chartered by the House of Representatives for pageboys working in Congress.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon hosted the first BSA National Explorer Presidents' Congress on the White House lawn. Previously, as vice president, Nixon spoke at the national jamborees held at Irvine Ranch in California in 1953 and Pennsylvania's Valley Forge National Historical Park in 1957.

Gerald Ford (1974-77) was the first Eagle Scout to become vice president and the first Eagle Scout to become president.

President Jimmy Carter (1977-81) was also an avid supporter of the BSA, having been a scoutmaster, troop committee chairman and Explorer adviser.

Before becoming president, Ronald Reagan (1981-89), then governor of California, became involved with the BSA on the Golden Empire Council. He was chairman of Project SOAR (Save Our American Resources) and served as membership roundup chairman and on the council's advisory board.

President George H.W. Bush (1989-93) was a strong advocate for Scouting, too, appearing at the 1989 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Bill Clinton (1993-2001) was a Cub Scout and, as president, greeted 36,000 Scouts and leaders at the 1997 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.

President George W. Bush (2001-09) was also a former Cub Scout and praised the BSA when he spoke to the nearly 40,000 Scouts, volunteers and leaders at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.

All that the BSA website can say about President Barack Obama is that he "received the BSA's (SET ITAL) 2008 Report to the Nation (END ITAL) from a group of young people representing all the Scouts of America. In recognition of the president's favorite sport, the report's delegation also gave him a BSA basketball that each of them had signed."

In this historical survey, do you see any U.S. presidential differences in support and advocacy of the BSA?

Mr. President, it's time to come out of hiding from the shadows of the White House, to quit playing duck-and-dodge with BSA's support, and to publicly stand up for and defend this amazing organization.

There's still time to redeem your flailing honorary presidency of the BSA. And you can start by attending the National Scout Jamboree from July 26-Aug. 4 at the 76,000-acre facility of Fort A.P. Hill, nestled in the rolling green hills of Virginia, conveniently close to our nation's capital and your home.

Mr. President, I'm certain the BSA's National Council and local leadership will cater to your schedule so you can attend the NSJ at any time over its 10-day celebration, if even for a single hour. And I'm doubly certain that the prospective 43,000 Scouts and leaders attending there would love to hear from you as they've heard from past presidents. And all of us would be eager to hear what you would say to them, especially me.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: antiamerican; antifamily; boyscouts; obama
I am not sure, but maybe the BSA be better off if 0bama stays away
1 posted on 07/06/2010 5:14:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

if i were in the boy scouts, and they told me i might have to go to the WH to meet 0bama, i’d tell them to hold off a couple of years.

it’d probably be bad form to spit on the guy giving you the badge


2 posted on 07/06/2010 5:16:36 AM PDT by sten
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To: Kaslin

Far away.


3 posted on 07/06/2010 5:17:16 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama has no respect for traditional values or even trying to keep families whole or together.

The democratic party is anti family.


4 posted on 07/06/2010 5:17:21 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Kaslin; SandRat
Boy Scouts ping.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
5 posted on 07/06/2010 5:17:25 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kaslin

It was customary for the President’s signature to be on all Eagle Scout awards. None have been issued with Zero’s signature.


6 posted on 07/06/2010 5:17:55 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps the new boy scout motto should be fubo.


7 posted on 07/06/2010 5:18:37 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Kaslin

I am a former Boy Scout First Class with several merit badges. I don’t want this President associated with the BSA in any way shape or form. He does not share any of our values. BE PREPARED.


8 posted on 07/06/2010 5:19:33 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Kaslin

Agreed.

Mr. Norris, we applaud your sentiments and we see your point...but Obambi is the embodiment of exactly the opposite of what Scouting stands for.

So, um, no thanks.


9 posted on 07/06/2010 5:19:53 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Kaslin

Probably that fudgepacker deal.


10 posted on 07/06/2010 5:20:09 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Who allowed the worst oil pollution disaster in American history and did nothing?)
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To: Kaslin
Pres_ _ent Baraq Hussein Obama has never been for America,
Americans, or the American flag, so how could he possibly
be for the Boy Scouts of America?


11 posted on 07/06/2010 5:20:14 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Rebelbase

“It was customary for the President’s signature to be on all Eagle Scout awards. None have been issued with Zero’s signature.”

If you ask me, the Boy Scouts are better off without his signature.


12 posted on 07/06/2010 5:28:11 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Kaslin

As we get to know more and more of this useless ,Feckless and Pernicious Thug in the White House the more we have to dislike him and his Followers.

God Help the U.S.A.


13 posted on 07/06/2010 5:28:36 AM PDT by chatham
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To: Ev Reeman
Part of the problem is Obama and his crowd have absolutely no understanding of large scale phenomenon.

For example, most of them are homosexuals so they think that's true of the population at large.

14 posted on 07/06/2010 5:28:38 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RightOnline

If there were a ‘Gay Boy Scouts’ organization you can bet that pres.Bam would be high profile PR slobbering for them incessantly.


15 posted on 07/06/2010 5:29:20 AM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: tflabo

‘Gay Boy Scouts’

Or a “Ghetto Boys Scouts Gang!”


16 posted on 07/06/2010 5:33:17 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Rebelbase

Was that a real signature? I’ve got Reagan’s if it was!


17 posted on 07/06/2010 5:33:48 AM PDT by Mere Survival (The time to fight was yesterday but now will have to do.)
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To: Mere Survival

Not a “genuine” signature.


18 posted on 07/06/2010 5:37:18 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: SumProVita

My grandson just became an Eagle Scout, so I asked him if it bothered him that BO would not sign his award certificate. He said that he would rather have it unsigned than to have it signed by BO.

I wonder if it would be premature to send it to Sarah?


19 posted on 07/06/2010 5:42:48 AM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: Kaslin
Change.
20 posted on 07/06/2010 5:46:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Kaslin

If there were a black Boy Scouts of America, oh wait there is the black panthers...


21 posted on 07/06/2010 5:49:52 AM PDT by muddler (Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little difference which.)
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To: yellowhorse
I wonder if it would be premature to send it to Sarah?

I bet GWB would still sign it if sent to him.

The farther Obama stays from the Scouts the happier I am.

22 posted on 07/06/2010 5:52:36 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Rebelbase

Maybe not with a personal signature, but one was awarded at an Eagle Court of Honor that I participated in this last Thursday night that was machine signed.


23 posted on 07/06/2010 5:56:14 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop...........Eagle Scout since Sept 9, 1970)
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To: Mere Survival

Mine has Nixon’s signature.


24 posted on 07/06/2010 5:57:59 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop...........Eagle Scout since Sept 9, 1970)
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To: muawiyah
For example, most of them are homosexuals so they think that's true of the population at large.

Which is why Obama is staying away from the Scouts - they know he can't control himself.

25 posted on 07/06/2010 5:58:43 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Kaslin
The night my son passed his Eagle Board of Review, I was talking with fellow Scouters about the current administration and was told that no one had received even the courtesy of a response, which was fine with me. My son worked hard for 10 years through the Cubs and Boy Scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle, and Obama's signature on his Eagle Certificate would have been an insult.

I requested a letter from George W. Bush and he sent a really nice, personal one. The man has class!

26 posted on 07/06/2010 5:59:48 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: Kaslin
I am not sure, but maybe the BSA be better off if 0bama stays away

I get the impression Chuck Norris feels pretty much the same way. His tenor was a little less than warmly inviting.

27 posted on 07/06/2010 6:00:18 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Redleg Duke

President Bush has indeed class unlike this arrogant pos who now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave


28 posted on 07/06/2010 6:02:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
They should invite Sara Palin to speak.

I bet she would come.

29 posted on 07/06/2010 6:04:51 AM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: P8riot

Zero’s signature?


30 posted on 07/06/2010 6:06:07 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Kaslin

That says it all.

In fact, one might say that is the true difference between liberals and conservatives.

Conservatives generally have a lot more class than liberals.

Liberals are elitist but lack class. Liberals are for the most part degenerate, uneducated, immoral and illiterate scum.


31 posted on 07/06/2010 6:08:02 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Kaslin

Yet another Obama outrage!

It’s getting almost impossible to keep up with his outrageous behavoir every day.


32 posted on 07/06/2010 6:16:44 AM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: Rebelbase

Zero’s mechanical signature.


33 posted on 07/06/2010 6:19:24 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop...........Eagle Scout since Sept 9, 1970)
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To: Kaslin

The President is a Jerk, can’t wait for him to get tossed out of office.


34 posted on 07/06/2010 6:28:22 AM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: JamesA

I refuse to refer to the arrogant pos, who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as predident


35 posted on 07/06/2010 6:32:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Mere Survival

Autopen...


36 posted on 07/06/2010 6:33:00 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kaslin
"pRes__ent"
37 posted on 07/06/2010 7:20:18 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Ev Reeman
Obama has no respect for traditional values or even trying to keep families whole or together.

The democratic party is anti family.

This is evident in Obama's new tax policies.

Starting in January the tax code has been changed to imposes higher taxes on marriage and families

The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.
The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples and reverts to the single deduction amount.
The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

There will also be extra taxes on savings and investments. (dividend taxes go up, capital gains tax goes up)


38 posted on 07/06/2010 7:30:11 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Kaslin

Plan B:

-Boy Scouts of America should immediately retract it’s invitation.

-Boy Scouts of America should convince President Bush and VP Cheney to host and preside over the event.

-From this day forward, the Boy Scouts of America should ignore ANY further response from Obama or the White House.


39 posted on 07/06/2010 7:49:51 AM PDT by Gator113 (God save the Republic.....)
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To: ConorMacNessa; RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; ...

Scout Ping.


40 posted on 07/06/2010 7:51:27 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Wouldn't it be nice if Prince Harry or Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth dropped in on our National Jamboree just to say hello, that Lord Baden Powell would be proud of us and B.H.O. just stayed away.
41 posted on 07/06/2010 7:57:08 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Gator113

I agree 100percent with everything in your post


42 posted on 07/06/2010 7:58:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

If I had the stature and the contacts, I would make this happen, swiftly.


43 posted on 07/06/2010 8:06:05 AM PDT by Gator113 (God save the Republic.....)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t worry Eagle Scouts...the next president will sign your certificates.

And, I’m sure (hoping) it will be a president we can be proud of...and one you will be proud to have signed your certificate.

Shoot, it might even be a woman’s signature!


44 posted on 07/06/2010 8:07:45 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Kaslin

Wow, if I had stuck with it, my Eagle Scout Certificate
would have been signed by the first Eagle Scout to become
President. Gerald Ford. That would have been something.

Mike
Life Scout


45 posted on 07/06/2010 1:35:09 PM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: Kaslin

My youngest son became an Eagle Scout just in time to get President George Bush’s signature on his certificate.


46 posted on 07/06/2010 7:34:42 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

Oh wow, that is great. I am sure he will treasure the certificate his entire life and I bet it has a special place on the wall where everyone can see it right away


47 posted on 07/06/2010 7:53:25 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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