Re: Silver Buffalo to the President
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 12:05:03 -0500
Both Jim and Thomas Heavey writes about President Clinton finally getting
the Silver Buffalo Award during the Jamboree.
In actuality, the President already *had* the award; it was presented to him
during the third year of his first term of office as it is presented to
every Chief Executive of our nation for "service to youth while serving as
President of the United States of America". _Scouting_ reported on that
fact back in '94 or '95 (can't remember which year off the top of my head).
One Silver Buffalo Award has *always* been reserved for presentation to the
Honorary National President of the BSA, just like one is *always* reserved
for presentation to the outgoing National President of the BSA.
It's a given thing. It's normally presented during the third or last
National Report to the President, at the White House, of that President.
The BSA wanted to give a positive spin on the President's visit by
re-presenting the Silver Buffalo Award to the President simply because it
makes sense to see the President receive a special BSA award *in front of
Scouts and Scouters* attending the Jamboree. Lookit, folks: this is the
first time in THREE Jamborees that the President attended a National Jamboree.
Now, the political part....whether or not the President "deserves" it or
not, can be best taken over to a political forum and discussed for years.
The basic reasoning, "for service to youth on a national scale" can be
justified in the President's actions toward national service, through his
cabinet's support of Scouting programs (several grants were given to the BSA
during the President's tenure; the BSA and the Justice Department still
co-works on several awards programs for Explorers; etc.) and *just because*
he's the Honorary President of the USA.
This topic has come "full circle". Two years ago, we were discussing
whether or not the President was indeed acting as the National Honorary
President of the BSA like his precedessors; and now, there's discussion that
*this guy* shouldn't get the same thing that *other* National Honorary
Presidents got from us all.
At least this time around, *he made it out there*. That is the bottom line,
the most important thing about the President's visit. He made it out there,
the BSA got in the papers and while not on National TV (I didn't see any
coverage on CNN), he was there.
The BIGGER question is going to be, gang: How will the BSA use the photos
of the President shaking hands with Scouts and Scouters in view of the
apparent disconnects between the BSA's membership policies and the
President's personal and political beliefs? Again, that's something that,
as Jim stated above, is better off discussed privately among ourselves and
on other forums...and you're welcome to quote the paragraph and move it to
For me, not being able to be there (that's *another* topic which doesn't
belong here either *sideward grin*), just hearing that the President was
there made me just a little green with envy to those Scouts and Scouters
sitting there in the warm Virginia sunset *seeing personal history*. Those
are the Scouts and Scouters that when they are much older and when we can't
afford to have Jamborees anymore will recall "Yeah, I remember seeing
him....it was really a sight to watch!!"
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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