Presidents at Jamborees
Kevin Kearney (kkearney@HOLOGIC.COM)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 09:11:44 EST
On 7 Nov., Paul S. Wolf, P.E., commented on the attendance of U.S.
Presidents at Jamborees. There was at least one factual error in what
he said: President Lyndon Johnson did attend the 1964 Jamboree at
Valley Forge. (I know because I was one of the 52,000 scouts in
Second, with regard to President Clinton's refusal to attend the 1993
Jamboree, the Wall Street Journal presented a fairly strong case that
the president's reason for not attending was a desire not to offend
his gay-rights supporters. It is not surprising that the White House
denied this, but that doesn't mean that it's not true. Boy Scouts
cannot vote, but gay-rights supporters can and do vote in large
numbers. So it should not be too surprising that President Clinton
would prefer to shun the Boy Scouts rather than the gay-rights people.
Regardless of your political persuasion, I think the WSJ probably had
the correct story of the president's reason for not attending the 1993
Kevin R. Kearney, Ph.D.
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