I’m getting lots of emails from Design Mom readers who want to discuss the President’s remarks at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. I’d like to discuss this topic too. For those who aren’t sure what I’m referring to, it’s this: The Boy Scouts of America organization has a long-standing tradition of inviting the President of the United States to speak at their National Jamboree — a yearly 10-day gathering of approximately 25,000 Boy Scouts aged 11 to 17. Most years, the President is unavailable, and perhaps the Vice President, or someone else entirely, attends. But sometimes, the President does attend, and this year was one of those years.
That’s not really something to discuss, but his speech definitely is. He went off script, and in my opinion, it got pretty bad. If you don’t want to hear the whole speech, here are the highlights that people found most troubling.
The responses I’ve seen, read and heard have mostly been from families who are currently involved in Scouting, or were involved when their kids were younger. Additionally, the responses have mostly been appalled at the President’s remarks. The big complaints: