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US Graham, wary of politics in life, gets Capitol salute

15:07  28 february  2018
15:07  28 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Billy Graham is getting a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under Capitol Rotunda. Though he met every president since Harry Truman and counseled most, Graham grew wary of politics after Watergate. He was closest to Richard Nixon but later said he felt used by him.

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WASHINGTON — He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham is getting a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under Capitol Rotunda.

President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are expected Wednesday to remember "America's pastor," who died a week earlier at age 99. Some 30 family members will accompany Graham's casket to Washington, where he befriended presidents of both parties and counseled others over seven decades.

Graham is lying in honor beneath the iconic dome Wednesday and Thursday, before a funeral Friday near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. "If there is any American whose life and life's work deserves to be honored by laying in honor in the U.S. Capitol, it's Billy Graham," Ryan said.

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Billy Graham , who died last week at age 99, during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda where he will lie in And hundreds of other lawmakers, family and friends stood in a rare salute Wednesday to the man they called But he learned to be wary of the heat of politics . Close to Richard Nixon, Graham later

Billy Graham in the soaring Capitol Rotunda, paying tribute to a man who ministered to presidents and other Graham is lying in honor before a funeral Friday near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Though he met every president since Harry Truman and counseled most, Graham grew wary of

Though he met every president since Harry Truman and counseled most, Graham grew wary of politics after Watergate. He was closest to Richard Nixon but later said he felt used by him.

Nonetheless, Graham ministered to other presidents until his health began to fail about 10 years ago.

Former President Bill Clinton recalled seeing one of Graham's crusades as a child, a profound experience that became more amazing over his life. Graham counseled him as Arkansas governor, and later as president in the White House itself.

"In that little room, he was the same person I saw when I was 11 on that football field," Clinton said Tuesday after viewing the casket at Graham's home.

Military members practice placing a casket in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Washington, for the late Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor tomorrow. President Tump, Congressional leaders and the Graham family will be in attendance. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © The Associated Press Military members practice placing a casket in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Washington, for the late Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor tomorrow. President Tump, Congressional leaders and the Graham family will be in attendance. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, also visited Graham's home on Tuesday.

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He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life - and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday received a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under the Capitol Rotunda.

Billy Graham is carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 1, 2018. He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday received a rare tribute from the nation’s top political leaders

In Washington, Ryan said there had been no doubt that Graham would receive the honor of a public viewing in the Rotunda. He told reporters that almost immediately upon hearing of Graham's death he, Trump, McConnell and Rep. Patrick McHenry, who represents the Graham family's district, agreed it would happen.

Graham shares the honor with 11 presidents and other distinguished Americans, starting with Sen. Henry Clay of Kentucky in 1852 and, most recently, Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in 2012, according to the House and the Architect of the Capitol.

Graham is only the fourth private person to lie in honor since 1998. The others are two U.S. Capitol Police officers who died in the line of duty in 1998 and civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

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