Last week, I discussed a series of evidences regarding how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America.
As I pointed out, the White House has delayed Eagle Scout certificate signings, denied the invitation to go to the Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary gala, downplayed Obama's acceptance of BSA's honorary presidency, dodged official communications about the BSA, not defended the BSA against cultural attacks, and diminished Obama's all-around role as BSA's honorary president.
And to boot, Obama's administration has followed suit, collectively believing as progressives that the BSA is behind the times or too traditional and conservative.
For example, just a week after Obama denied the invitation to attend the BSA's gala in his own backyard (Washington, D.C.), on Feb. 12 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to discuss the Boy Scouts. But even then, as you'll see, Gibbs dodged questions about White House sentiment regarding the BSA.
It all started when reporter Les Kinsolving, WorldNetDaily's correspondent at the White House, asked Gibbs what the president thought about the New York Post's report that detailed the legal victory for the Scouts' right to exclude homosexuals from membership and how it had created a backlash in New York. The report said that institutions there are abandoning the Scouts and that authorities have barred them from meeting or recruiting in public schools.
The exchange between Kinsolving and Gibbs at that press briefing went like this (watch Gibbs' political tap-dancing maneuvers, for the president and himself):
Kinsolving: As the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, what is the president's reaction to the New York Post report that because the Scouts have a policy similar to our armed forces, "New York institutions are barring Scouts from meeting or recruiting in all public schools"?
Gibbs: I have not seen the New York Post report and can have somebody--
Kinsolving: Well, does he think that it's fair for them to cut the Scouts out of this? How does he support -- does he disagree with the Scouts or what? (Laughter.)
Gibbs: Where are you on this, Lester?
Kinsolving: Nowhere. (Laughter.)
Gibbs: Yes, I do know where.
Kinsolving: I support the Scouts. Do you support the Scouts?
Gibbs: My son is -- we're constructing the Pinewood Derby car as we speak. (Laughter.)
Kinsolving: He's a Scout? Your son is a Scout?
Gibbs: He is, and I think he's going to be disappointed if his car doesn't do well, but his father tends to be constructionally challenged. Thanks, guys. (End of press briefing.)
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