Moments after the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, was sworn in and gave his Inaugural Address, North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham took the podium to briefly speak.
Beginning with an ad lib, Graham began his remarks by saying, “Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform (for the inaugural speech).”
Graham, known most famously as the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and the head of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, was chosen as one of just six members of the clergy to offer prayers or read from Scripture during the Inauguration for President Trump, who is Presbyterian.
Choosing to read from the New Testament, Graham selected a passage from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, Chapter 2, calling for prayers for all people, including “kings and for all those in authority, that we may live peacefully quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Franklin Graham last participated in a Presidential Inauguration back in 2001, when then-President George W. Bush was sworn in for his first term.
His famous father, Billy, now 98-years-old, gave prayers at the presidential inaugurations of Richard Nixon (1969), George H.W. Bush (1989) and Bill Clinton (1993 and 1997).
You can watch Graham’s remarks in their entirety below: