Worldnet DailyPosted: July 05, 2010 1:00 am Eastern
(Editor's note: This is Part 3 of a three-part series on the White House and the Boy Scouts.)
In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed a series of evidences regarding how President Obama is leading the White House pack in distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, via delaying Eagle Scout certificate signings, denying the invitation to go to the BSA's 100th gala anniversary, downplaying his acceptance of BSA's honorary presidency, dodging official White House communications about the BSA, not defending the BSA against cultural attacks and, hence, devaluing his all-around role as BSA's honorary president.
U.S. presidents have been proudly accepting the post of honorary president of the BSA since President William Howard Taft in 1910. Actually, every president since, both Democrat and Republican, has gone above and beyond expected presidential duties to support this all-American young men's civic organization.
Let me document some of that presidential advocacy, as recorded on the official BSA website.
Although Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) was no longer president of the United States when the BSA was founded in 1910, he was an ardent supporter of the organization. He was a troop committeeman of Troop 39 in Oyster Bay, N.Y., first council commissioner of Nassau County Council and the first and only man designated as chief scout citizen.
In 1910, President William Howard Taft (1909-1913) agreed to be honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America to "thus sustain a similar relation to the movement as does King George V to a similar movement in England."
On June 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) signed a bill, which was unanimously passed by both houses of Congress, granting federal incorporation to the Boy Scouts of America.
President Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) gave out "Harding Awards" to 5,058 Scout troops in 1923 for increasing their membership. He wrote to them, "I am with the Scout movement heart and soul."
President John Calvin Coolidge's (1923-1929) two sons were Scouts, and he was an involved father with them. He wrote, "If every boy in the United States could be placed under the wholesome influences of the Scout program, and should live up to the Scout Oath and rules, we would hear fewer pessimistic words as to the future of our nation."
President Herbert C. Hoover (1929-1933) launched "a forward movement and development program" for the BSA at a dinner commemorating Scouting's 20th anniversary.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) was an active Scout leader before becoming president. He was BSA president of the Greater New York Council. When FDR died in 1945, he had a 24-year record of service in scouting.
President Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) was also an ardent supporter of the BSA. He even traveled to Valley Forge, Pa., during his presidency in June 1950 to open the Second National Scout Jamboree. He wrote, "What a greater nation this would be if the principles of Scouting could be woven more closely into our daily lives. â€¦ Let us work together to make the program of the Boy Scouts available to every American boy."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) was another avid supporter of the BSA ever since his son was a scout. In 1948, he became a member of the national executive board of the BSA.