Source: Associated Press
By LAURIE KELLMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — The preacher and the president, seated side-by-side in the lit-for-television Capitol Rotunda, leaned a few inches closer. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Donald Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room.
They were there to honor Graham’s father, the Rev. Billy Graham, pastor to presidents of any party and minister to millions more over seven decades. But that fleeting moment was a sign that the son has the ear of a president, and the kind of access to power that the elder Graham came to regret.
“Looking back, I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now,” Billy Graham told Christianity Today in 2011.