Re: JAMBOREE PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 19:27:45 PST
> You're wrong about presidential visits to Jamborees. I can
> only attest to the National Jamborees since 1977. The only
> jamboree a president has visited since 1977 was 1989 when
> President Bush visited. Indeed, Mr. Bush's visit was pretty
> unexpected and happened at a time when normal jamboree activities
> should have been happening (a weekday morning as I recall).
> While it did mess up schedules, I think everyone appreciated the
> Too bad that Messers Carter, Reagan, and Clinton haven't
> taken the short hop and visit with us. Well, maybe next time.
> Bruce Johnson
To keep the record technically complete and accurate, it should be pointed
out that at one of the two BSA National Jamborees which occurred during his
terms as President of the United States of America, President Reagan _was_
scheduled to speak at the Jamboree, and had to cancel because he was
recovering from colon surgery. He sent his wife Nancy in his stead, along
with an apology to the Jamboree participants for not being physically able
to keep his commitment.
Carter was bogged down with the Iran hostage crisis and a disintegrating
economy at the time of the BSA National Jamboree, if I recall correctly. He
had, however, been a Cubmaster at one time in Georgia, so I don't think
anybody would have taken his failure to come to the jambo as a snub.
Mr. Clinton's attacks upon the BSA are not representative of those of the
true liberals of yesteryear. One needs to remember that President Johnson
was once an Explorer Post Advisor, and that Vice President Hubert H.
Humphrey, the quintessential Liberal (with a capital "L") was once a
Scoutmaster. I am sure that both gentlemen would have taken forceful
exception to Mr. Clinton's statements made in early 1993 in re the BSA.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council (CA), BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City