President Obama will skip Billy Graham’s memorial service and funeral. The multi-part event to honor the late legendary preacher will take place throughout the week; thousands are expected to attend. Obama was the first U.S. President to recuse himself of association with Graham; Bush and Clinton both had close relationships with the man.
• Billy Graham passed away last week at the age of 99. Loved ones shared that the evangelist had struggled with serious illness for some time. Although his death was difficult, it was expected.
• Graham changed the face of television evangelism and became a household name from early on his career. He also served as a faith-based confidant to nearly every U.S. President since Harry Truman.
• Former President George Bush Jr. and former President Bill Clinton both attended Graham’s celebration of life events this week. Bush attended Monday at a small event held at his local library. Clinton attended Tuesday in the same location.
• President Trump will also attend to honor the evangelist on Friday, attending the largest event – a funeral in South Carolina on Friday. Trump didn’t spend time with Graham before his death, but this was largely a limitation of the preacher’s advanced chronic illnesses.