Regardless of anyone’s political leanings, all Americans should be embarrassed by President Barack Obama’s recent decision to turn down an invitation to speak at the historic 100th Anniversary Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America, which is currently being held at Ft. A. P. Hill in Virginia.
The president’s decision means that he will miss an opportunity to visit with and show his support for the efforts of nearly 50,000 of America’s best, brightest, and most patriotic young men.
President Obama has said that missing the jamboree had nothing to do with his trip to New York City to appear on ABC’s daytime talk-show “The View”. Instead, the president has said that he will be attending “Democratic fundraisers”, with stops in both New Jersey and Detroit.
Somehow, I just cannot reconcile myself to the belief that appearing on a daytime talk-show (or attending Democratic fundraisers) could be as appropriate or as meaningful as appearing at the 100th anniversary celebration of an organization that has done as much good for our country as has the Boy Scouts of America.
It should be noted that all three of President Obama’s immediate predecessors attended at least one Boy Scout jamboree while in office. Apparently, these three predecessors (both Republican and Democrat) were willing to take time out of their busy schedules in order to lend their support to an organization that, over the past 100 years, consistently has lent its unselfish support to America.
Unfortunately, this kind of decision speaks volumes about Mr. Obama’s character - or lack thereof - and is indicative of his complete disdain for a number of American institutions.
It is no wonder to me that President Obama’s job approval ratings are at an all-time low.
Lovett Bennett, Jr.