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Obama visits evangelist Graham's home

By Philip Elliot ASSOCIATED PRESS

MONTREAT, N.C. | President Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham’s mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The 48-year-old president made the short drive to Montreat from Asheville, where he spent the weekend, to see the 91-year-old Mr. Graham and son Franklin, also an evangelist.

During the visit, which lasted about 30 minutes and included aides and advisers to both men, Mr. Obama had a private prayer and conversation with Billy Graham. The evangelist gave Mr. Obama two Bibles, one for him and one for the first lady, Graham spokesman Larry Ross said.

Mr. Obama was “extraordinarily gratified that he took the time to meet with him,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Franklin Graham said his father and Mr. Obama did most of the talking. They reminisced about their roots in Chicago – Mr. Graham went to Wheaton College and began some of his ministry in the region; Mr. Obama moved to Chicago after college and began his political career there. And they talked about golf.

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