Right wing Poutrage: ‘Obama Snubs the Scouts’
From HotAir to FreeRepublic to Newsbusters to Glenn Beck, Right-wing media isn’t happy with President Obama missing out on the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree, this week at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
The original source for this story appears to be this article which was posted by the conservative Cybercast News Service:
Obama Won’t Speak In-Person at Boy Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Celebration But Will Appear on ABC TV’s ‘The View’
This part seems to be the root of the “Obama stiffs / snubs the Scouts” narrative:
The BSA had scheduled its Wednesday arena program to include remarks by the president at 11 a.m. in front of the more than 45,000 scouts who will be in attendance.The implication being that the President left the Scouts hanging by cancelling at the last minute. FoxNews.com’s write-up on the story provides the refutation of that narrative:
The White House did not confirm to cnsnews.com that the president would not speak live at the Jamboree on Wednesday, but reporters were sent an e-mail at 1:45 p.m. on Monday announcing that the president will be in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the economy before he travels on to New York City to film his appearance for “The View’s” Thursday edition.
Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said the organization knew Obama’s invitation would hinge on his schedule and found out two months ago that he would not be able to attend.Here are a couple of other outrage-mitigating quotes from the CNSnews article:
First, that it is not uncommon for Presidents to miss the event (or even appear by a pre-taped message):
Obama’s three predecessors spoke at the event – George H. W. Bush in 1989 and Bill Clinton in 1998 in-person, and George W. Bush who spoke via video in 2001 when bad weather prevented him from traveling. George W. Bush did speak in-person at the 2005 Jamboree.President Obama will be addressing the Jamboree through a pre-recorded video.
First Lady Nancy Reagan addressed the Jamboree in 1985, the first year someone from the White House had spoken there since President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Prior to Johnson, President Harry Truman was joined by then-General and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, both of whom spoke at the 1950 Jamboree in Valley Forge.
Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Carter and Ford did not speak at a Jamboree and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated before the Jamboree in 1964 when Johnson spoke.
Second, that the BSA issued this statement on Monday:
“Due to his schedule, President Obama will not be able to attend the 2010 National Scout Jamboree,” the statement reads. “In February, the President sent a letter honoring the BSA’s 100th Anniversary and his signature appears on Eagle Scout cards.”One of those Oval Office Boy Scout visits took place just two weeks ago, July 12th, and is documented in this whitehouse.gov Blog posting:
“Also, he has welcomed Boy Scouts contingents in the Oval Office twice since taking office,” the statement reads. “President Obama serves as the Honorary President of the BSA, as has every President since Howard Taft. While each President is traditionally invited to attend the Jamboree, not every President has been able to attend the event.”
“We thank the President for his effort to recognize Scouting and look forward to working with his administration as we work toward accomplishing our mission of preparing young people to become exceptional adults,” the statement concludes.
Scouts Visit with the President
Also here’s a cute photo of Obama with a Cub Scout from that same visit, posted in the White House Flickr feed:
Besides his meetings with the Boy Scouts, the Flickr feed also contains photographs of President Obama, and the First Lady, meeting with Girl Scouts on multiple occasions: