At the end of the day, it was hard to decide what had been best.
First there was the private ceremony for the friends and family of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. was invited to speak at. Then there was that moment when former President Jimmy Carter stopped Falwell to speak with him. And then came the strangers who thanked Falwell for supporting Trump.
“It was really gratifying; when I was walking through the crowd of people, they were yelling, ‘Thank you for what you did’ and ‘Your support made the difference,’” Falwell said as he and his family prepared to attend the Liberty Ball, one of three inaugural balls slated for Friday night in Washington, D.C.
“We were stopped every 10 feet, it seemed like. It was just very gratifying, I have to admit … I’m grateful for the sentiments that were expressed.”
The Falwells began Inauguration Day early, attending the private service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Falwell was asked to read Matthew 6:5-13, which includes the Lord’s Prayer.
It is Falwell’s favorite Bible passage, one he underlined in his own Bible as a college student.
Becki Falwell said her husband was one of few people asked to speak at the ceremony, which featured 200 to 250 guests, her family included.
“As a wife, honestly, I was a little nervous; I get a little nervous when he speaks,” she said, adding everyone was told to stay on schedule.
She said her husband did exactly as instructed by their 16-year-old daughter Caroline the night before: “Stay on script; don’t try to be funny,” she’d told him during her pep talk.
Afterward former President Jimmy Carter pulled Jerry Falwell aside, and the two were photographed together.
“He was very nice, and he told Jerry he did well,” Becki Falwell said.
Speaking with Carter was one of the highlights of the day, Jerry Falwell said Friday.
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SOURCE: The News & Advance – Amy Trent