Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to be charmed by Billy Graham’s charismatic character and genuine interest in him as a possible US President: “It became part of the Graham legend that he was the one who convinced the eternally reluctant General Eisenhower to run for president in 1952” (Duffy and Gibbs 31). Yet the truth of this chronicle is a little more complicated. According to Kenneth L Woodward, who reviewed the book “Just as I am”, Billy Graham states that a rich Texas oilman named Sid Richardson enabled him to go over to Europe in order to convince General Dwight Eisenhower to run for president. Two days after Graham and General Eisenhower met in Paris; Eisenhower wrote a confidential letter to Drew Pearson that confirmed his religious itinerary. After much consideration, Eisenhowe...
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...nson. His unique access to the White House enabled him to go on crusades all over the world, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to over 210 million people. Although he mainly used his White House access to preach the gospel world-wide, he never neglected the Divine given duty of ministering to the presidents as a saint. So in short, Billy Graham has been an unofficial White House spiritual consultant.
Gibbs, Nancy and Michael Duffy. The Preacher and The Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House. New York. Center Street. 2007. Print.
Taylor, Priscilla S. “Billy Graham, his success and White House access.” Washington Times, The. 23 Sept. 2007. n. pag. Regional Business News. Web. 27 Mar. 2011.
Woodward, Kenneth L. ”Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham.” Commonweal. 124.14 (15 Aug. 1997): 22-24. Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 27 Mar. 2011.
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