This week, 37,000 Boy Scouts, ages 12-17, celebrated their 100th anniversary at the annual Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill near to Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 26-Aug 4.
Traditionally, the President makes a visit to encourage the assembled hundreds of future leaders. Sometime during the week-long event, the sitting President would take the quick visit to and from the White House.
This year, President Obama skipped the event. He found time to appear on The View television show, and then headed off to Chicago for a quiet birthday party with friends and then to “hang out” at the house while Michelle vacationed in Spain.
Instead, he sent a video prerecorded sitting in an office.
How was it received?
The Scouts apparently understand what leadership is. (That’s what they’re trained for. ) They knew that what they were seeing wasn’t it.