I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.
This is a very polite way of saying, “Holy cow, did you people hear that craziness? He got us to boo President Barack Obama, he threatened to fire his Secretary of Health and Human Services if Obamacare repeal fails, and he still can't stop talking about Hillary Clinton. We're the Boy Scouts, we just want to teach kids how to use a compass if they're lost in the woods or whatever. Leave us out of the politics.”
Anyway, good for the Boy Scouts, though we imagine Trump fans who are part of the organization and were cheering him on during the speech might be unhappy.
In the Trump era, no civic institution is safe, not even the dang Boy Scouts.
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