Re: Clinton meets with boy scouts
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 01:28:20 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-22 19:28:35 EST, you write:
>If the President chooses to invite Scout leaders in uniform to the Oval
>Office to present their annual report, in his official role, it is not a
>violation of the BSA's non-partisan rules to attend in uniform.
Not to rebut Jim's point exactly, but my point, which got lost somewhere in
all this thread ;-) is that the agreement is the President of the U.S., as
honorary president of the B.S.A., will receive the Scouts who make this
report. It is as close to a duty of the President as you can get, outside
the Constitution and without an actual law. Clinton, or any president, would
be shirking his duty to fail to meet these Scouts and let them be
photographed meeting him.
A candidate on the hustings? That's a different matter. Some of us were
shocked when Phillip Roth wrote the Boy Scouts into his novel that included
the End of Richard Nixon. Let us hope we all twinge when something like that
happens. All of us should watch for and feel gratified by the annual report
Scouts make to the President, regardless who the President is.
And, just for the sake of discussion, if Boy Scout Khaki were really an
advantage in an election, why did Eagle Scout Richard Lugar fare so poorly
this year? Or Eagle Scout John Glenn earlier? Either one would make a grand
president. Wonder what gives.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas, via the Russell, Dirksen and Hart Senate
Office Buildings . . .
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City