President Obama will make history as the first sitting president on a daytime talk show when he visits with the ladies of “The View.” But he’ll be missing out on another historic occasion — the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree marking the group’s 100th anniversary, right in the president’s backyard.
The Jamboree kicked off this week at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, where organizers had invited the president to speak to the 45,000 scouts in attendance. All three of Obama’s predecessors have made it to one Jamboree while in office.
But the president will instead be traveling Wednesday to New York for a taping of the ABC show, as well as Democratic fundraisers and a stop in New Jersey. The talk show appearance comes as campaign season moves into full swing, but also amid efforts to cap the Gulf oil spill for good, contain the damage from an unprecedented leak of Afghanistan war documents and battle Arizona over its immigration law — set to go into effect Thursday. Obama also has an out-of-town event planned for Friday in Detroit.
But while the Jamboree lasts until next Tuesday, the president is sending his regards via a videotaped message. LINK
President Obama is skipping an event to honor the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that has done untold good for American youth for ONE HUNDRED YEARS. Apparently appearing on talk shows and going to fundraisers is more important than mentoring our nations youth or supporting those who do. Who would have thought that? Never saw that one coming that’s for sure. Especially from a President whose number one claim to fame is being a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
While we were in Washington this past week we were stunned to see so many Boy Scouts. There were literally Scouts from all over the world everywhere we turned. We had no idea that we were in the middle of the 100 year anniversary celebration. There were upwards of 40,000 Scouts in town for the festivities. Looking back we were lucky to get a room
It goes without saying that a celebration of this magnitude, literally in the Presidents backyard would have been complete even with a brief appearance. Yet it is not to be. Somehow I can’t imagine this President skipping the same celebration if sponsored by another group, say the NAACP. Call me jaded but I just don’t see it happening
In any event the Boy Scouts marched proudly in 100 plus degree weather. They are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication to American ideals and values and for all the good work they have done for the past 100 years. Here’s to 100 more!