The awkward moment:
“Franklin Graham spoke right before me and I was told to go up right after Franklin and say what you are going to say and lead the prayer because the president is tired and wants to go to bed,” Laurie detailed. “So, I am waiting for my queue and Franklin was done, so I got up and walked to the podium. At the same moment, the first lady had gotten up out of her chair and she was walking to the podium as well.”
“I saw her and a I went and gestured her and said ‘Oh, please [go ahead and take the podium].’ She gestured back [to insist I take the podium.] Then, I gestured back, ‘Oh please [you go ahead],” he added. “It was a very awkward moment.”
Laurie told the crowd that he finally went ahead and spoke after the first lady again insisted that he speak.
So…someone didn’t understand the schedule…in the White House, where things are supposed to run like clockwork and where there is usually a program that lists the order of speakers. It’s not exactly rocket science. Most organized events have a program (charity dinners, graduations, awards ceremonies immediately cone to mind).
Or it could be that since Trump was
bored tired, he told Melania to try to skip ahead of Laurie and close out the show early. I wonder what would have been said if Laurie had insisted Melania go first…
Since his sermon was based on Daniel 12, Laurie stressed that Daniel would also “try to help any king that was in power” whether that was Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar or Darius.
“I think when God puts people in power that we want to do what we can to influence them with what the word of God says,” Laurie said. “That was an honor to stand up there.”
Laurie implied that he may have been a bit overwhelmed by the fact that he was speaking to a room that included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and the countless prominent Christian leaders.
“I have to be honest with you, I couldn’t look at the faces of people. It was very distracting,” Laurie explained. “I [was] just [like], ‘I am not going to look at any of you. I am just going to look over your heads and sort of say what I believe the Lord is putting on my heart at this moment to say.”
Me thinks that if Laurie had been skipped, he’d have spun it into something about how he’s happily unworthy to speak before these “great men”.
Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson feeling too unworthy to metaphorically stand up and spit in George III’s eye with the Declaration of Independence? Keep in mind that the “Divine Roght of Kings” was a thing in 1776.