Thursday, July 28, 2005

George W. Godot
& The Boy Scouts

What's more fun than suffering from dehydration, fatigue and lightheadedness while waiting for George W. Bush to show up?

Doing it twice, of course.

Hundreds of Boy Scouts fall ill from heat

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Va. - The Boy Scouts marched onto the field singing, plopping down in the grass to wait for President Bush. But hours later, the news that Bush couldn't make it was drowned out by sirens and shouts as hundreds fell ill because of the blistering heat.

About 300 people, most of them Scouts, suffered from dehydration, fatigue and lightheadedness Wednesday - just days after four Scout leaders were killed at the national Jamboree while pitching a tent beneath a power line. --snip--

At the last jamboree four years ago, Bush's trip was also canceled because of bad weather, in which lightning strikes caused minor injuries to two Scouts. He spoke to the group a day later by videotape.

This time, Bush was expected to talk about the importance of Scouting and touch on the Monday deaths of four Scout leaders.

Many Scouts ate dinner at 2 p.m. and stood in long security lines to get a good spot in the open field to see what for most would be their first glimpse of a president in person.

This story is sad on so many levels...

For many of these tykes, dealing with sudden death wasn't a badge-earning goal. Neither was learning that the President of the United States was a weather wimp... again.

Heavy sigh.

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