Glen Jean, W.Va. Monday night at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia, President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of over 40,000 Boy Scouts and troop leaders.
While many people from both sides of the political isle took issue with Trump’s discussion of health care, the media, and other politicians, during Monday’s speech, reporter Nathan Takitch, from our sister station WSAZ, talked to several Boy Scouts, who say the whole experience was inspirational.
Nearly all 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers in attendance were cheering as President Donald Trump finished his speech and left the stage.
The most popular moments of the address came when trump addressed the scouts directly.
Several times praising them, saying:
"The United States has no better citizens than its Boy Scouts. No better"
Those sentiments earned the most applause.
Talking with a few folks after the speech, they said they left feeling proud to be a part of the Boy Scouts organization.
But the crowd was energized even before the president arrived at the Jamboree.
Even the ones who had to wait in line for hours said they were excited just to see the President in person and, for many of them, it wasn't about the politics or the message at all.
It was simply a thrill to be in the presence of the President.
Making for a cherished memory for thousands of children.
“Everyone is excited! The atmosphere is high, it’s awesome! Ever since the word broke, everyone, they're like, 'Monday he's coming, you hear? He's coming!’ Everybody's talking about it. He's taking time out of his busy schedule to come talk to us, it's awesome!"
These Boy Scouts are in West Virginia from all across the nation, so, based on what the president said, different sections of the crowd would cheer louder at different moments, as well.