President Obama met with Billy Graham for the first time ever on Sunday, kicking it with the legendary pastor in his log cabin for a half hour in a special top secret Jesus meeting. What did they talk about?
There are a few requirements if you want to be president: You have to be 36. You have to be born in this country. And you have to meet with Billy fucking Graham, at least once, even if you are a Muslim like Barack Obama, so that journalists can write another story about how the preacher has met with like a million presidents going back to John Quincy Adams.
When Obama called Graham in 2008 hoping to get an audience with "America's Pastor," he got blown off thanks to "Graham's health." But it looks like Graham couldn't think of an excuse quick enough this time, because Obama drove up to Graham's mountaintop cabin, where the two discussed, you know, spiritual stuff, like golf:
Franklin Graham said his father and Obama did most of the talking. They reminisced about their roots in Chicago - Graham went to Wheaton College and began some of his ministry in the region; Obama moved to Chicago after college and began his political career there. And they talked about golf.
Obama is the 12th sitting president to meet with Graham. Most of them have had slightly more interesting conversations—Nixon and Graham, for example, talked about the "stranglehold" Jews had over the media, something Graham has repeatedly apologized for since the recording of that conversation came out.
Graham's son Franklin, meanwhile, is a much more public scumbag, and just last week he was disinvited from a Pentagon prayer service for having called Islam an "offensive" and "evil" religion. Don't worry, though—Franklin was able to get a quick word in with the President:
Franklin Graham said he and Obama spoke briefly about the Pentagon spat, with the younger Graham saying that activists with an agenda were trying to pull all religion out of the military.
"I wanted to make him aware of that," Franklin Graham said. "He said he would look into it."
I bet that's going right to the top of his to-do list, Franklin.
[WaPo; pic via AP]