Addressing the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, President Trump, who was not a Boy Scout, got thousands of Boy Scouts to boo former President Obama, who was a Boy Scout, by claiming Obama had never attended the National Scout Jamboree, even though he addressed the event in 2010 with a special video message in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary.
“By the way, just a question: Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Trump asked the crowd of scouts, scoutmasters, and various other adults gathered in West Virginia, which booed in response.
“The answer is no, but we’ll be back,” Trump added.
#BoyScouts chant “WE LOVE TRUMP” and appear to BOO Obama… pic.twitter.com/uBU7aPLh3S
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The Hill notes that while “Obama never addressed the gathering in person, he did record a video message to the National Jamboree in 2010, noting the history of the Boy Scouts and the organization’s service to the United States as it marked its 100thanniversary.”
Obama was a member of the Indonesian Scout Association as a child, reaching the equivalent of a Cub Scout.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were scouts.
“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m front of the Boy Scouts?” Trump asked the crowd.
Minutes later, he called for the repeal of Obamacare, praised the stock market – and mixed in familiar attacks on “fake news,” inaccurate polls, and mocked his predecessor Barack Obama, reports USA Today.