America's pervy president was in fine form when he appeared at the annual Boy Scouts jamboree to deliver high praise for - for America's pervy president. So far beyond the pale were Trump's self-congratulatory remarks and his smears of everyone else he could mention, that the Boy Scouts had to apologize for him.
I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.
While we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines, the focus of Scouting remains the same today as every day.
Trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and bravery are just a few of the admirable traits Scouts aspire to develop – in fact, they make up the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
"Trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and bravery" indeed. So sad that they had to invite a despicable president utterly bereft of those very same qualities.