Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Boy Scout Jamboree

The Boy Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, the place where they've held their 10-day Jamboree every four years since 1981.  I was there in 1981. The trip cost me $1300.  My parents couldn't afford that, so I worked on a dairy farm after school for $1.50 an hour and moved irrigation pipe (with my illegal Mexican brothers) all summer until I saved enough money to go. (By the way, this American did do a job Americans won't do, and I worked just as hard as the illegals did, and I was a boy).

One of the highlights of my two week tour through Toronto, New York (New Yorkers mocked us in our uniforms--gotta love those folks), Philadelphia, and Virginia was when President Reagan arrived in a huge helicopter at a Jamboree gathering and spoke to all of us. I can't remember a word he said, but it was inspiring for a kid from the sticks. I'd love it if my boys could have the same kind of experience, but presidents these days seem to think appearing on The View is more important.

11 comments:

KingM said...

I went in 85, the same year I got my Eagle Scout. Had a great time, but spent far too much time trading patches and pins with other scouts.

Anonymous said...

Scouting is about learning to be self-sufficient, a trait Pres. Obama has no interest in highlighting.

My guess is that he links Scouting to "White America" and, in turn "White America" to families in which boys had dads. Of course, lots of boys who had no father figure at home were taken by their mothers or grandparents to Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts in order to provide their kid with all the things Scouting provides.

I think it's a shame he didn't take the time to drop in on them--he sent a video.

Ron Guhname said...

Obama doesn't want to upset his gay/gay sympathizing base. The Dems really need their help this November. It says something about the times when contact with the Boy Scouts is a political liability.

Black Sea said...

It says something about the times that the phrase "contact with the Boy Scouts" seems itself to be loaded with illicit implications.

Anonymous said...

"Obama doesn't want to upset his gay/gay sympathizing base. The Dems really need their help this November. It says something about the times when contact with the Boy Scouts is a political liability."

http://www.wikio.com/video/chris-christie-today-show-3781795

You're so right. For a stark contrast, watch this video of Matt Lauer interviewing Chris Christie. Man, I am loving THE GUV more every day. Every day. He is a man who is comfortable in his own skin and he can laugh at himself.

Compare him to what you saw in Obama's "performance" this morning.

Alas, I am not one of those who is begging Christie to run for President. He needs to stick with being a governor for a full term or two.

Black Death said...

The minimum wage was increased to $3.15 in 1981. Did you employer know he was violating the law?

I never joined the Boy Scouts. A good friend got thrown out for running a card game, so I concluded the they didn't have much to offer.

OneSTDV said...

I am not one of those who is begging Christie to run for President. He needs to stick with being a governor for a full term or two.

After Obama, we need some real change. He should run in 2012.

Anonymous said...

To OneStdv, who said,

"After Obama, we need some real change. He [Governor Christie]should run in 2012."

In order to run for POTUS in 2010, a candidate has to have already begun his operation. They can't be put together overnight. Christie cannot be a good governor of NJ, an office he only recently occupied, and be involved in all the fund-raising and appearances outside of the state that are required of a Presidential candidate.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, correction..I mean to say "In order to run for POTUS in 2012" not in 2010.

SFG said...

"After Obama, we need some real change. He should run in 2012."

Too fat. The ladies won't like him. That said I'd love to see a blue-state Republican.

Anonymous said...

Romney-Christie 2012