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Billy Graham on his presidential friendships: “I loved ’em all”

Graham and Nixon bow their heads in prayer
President Richard Nixon prays with Billy Graham at Graham's East Tennessee Crusade in Knoxville on May 29, 1970. Photo: Bettmann Archive via Getty Images

The late Billy Graham was a crusader with staggering reach. In an excerpt adapted by TIME from the N.Y. Times bestseller, "The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House," Graham said of the U.S. presidents he knew:

QuoteI loved ’em all. I admired them all. I knew they had burdens beyond anything I could know or understand.
— Reverend Billy Graham