Despite 40,000 Boy Scouts and leaders shouting adoration for President Trump during his speech at their National Jamboree, the Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh has issued an official apology for involving the president:
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.
Surbaugh said the Scouts were involved in over 200 community service projects with 100,000 hours of service over the course of ten days, but all of that good work was “overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States.” No, it was overshadowed by a press that ignored all those hours of community service.
His letter continued:
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.
As part of our program’s duty to country, we teach youth to become active citizens, to participate in their government, respect the variety of perspectives and to stand up for individual rights.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday what most of us were thinking: “I was at that event and I saw nothing but roughly 40-45,000 Boy Scouts cheering the President on throughout his remarks. I think they were pretty excited that he was there and happy to hear him speak to them."
What does the HuffPost have to say? “Apology not accepted,” of course.