My Eyewitness Take: Trump and Pelosi at the National Prayer Breakfast

I was there to see the contention between the President and the Speaker–and there was contention.

The last time I witnessed a National Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC was in the mid-Eighties. Ronald Reagan was President and Billy Graham was the keynote (more on that in a moment).

It was awesome.

This time around the keynote was a guy who I didn’t know (and interestingly, I don’t recall his name). However, he gave a compelling talk about loving your enemy. I must say, his speech hit me between the eyes. The day before I visited the Holocaust Museum (I’m a Jew who believes Jesus is Messiah).  I have to say, the museum’s opening feature literally left me gasping for breath. By the end of my three hours I was an emotional wreck.  Anyway, the thought of loving (and more importantly forgiving) the Nazi’s who slaughtered portions of my family is daunting.

Anyway, before the guy spoke all the people on the stage had a word or a prayer to share, including my congressional representative, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Keep in mind, Pelosi is a Catholic. She shared (in my opinion) a non-inspiring prayer about the poor.

Shortly thereafter, an unseen announcer came over the public address system and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump!” which was followed immediately by Hail to the Chief.

All 4,000 people assembled in the Hilton Hotel ballroom stood to their feet looking straight ahead at both the stage and the two giant video screens to each side simulcasting the scene before us.

In walks the President. He was all smiles as he graciously waved to the adoring crowd. All stood, including Pelosi. Then, with a smirk, he reveals the front page of USA Today which in extra large bold type proclaimed, ACQUITTED.

In that moment Pelosi looked like she aged a decade.

Yes, given the setting, one could make the argument it was a bit juvenile of Trump to his the stage with the paper in hand, but I have to tell you I haven’t laughed that hard in years. Especially as I witnessed the scowl that instantly formed on Pelosi’s face.


The President took his seat and the keynote did his thing.  When he was done Trump took to the podium,  looked at the guy and said, “That was a good speech, but I’m not so sure if can do it.”

I appreciated Mr. Trump’s honesty regarding forgiving your enemies, especially given the crap he’s been rolled thought over the past couple of years. Forgiveness is not easy, even when aided by faith in God.

But here’s the Hidden Headline.  In his speech, the President talked about the recent Executive Order he signed allowing prayer in the public schools.  Everyone in the room rose to their feet in applause–except Nancy Pelosi.

Then Trump spoke of his commitment to the sanctity of life (ie, his stand against abortion). Once again Nancy–the catholic–sat on her rear end refusing to clap.

By the way, did you hear about this on a single news outlet (including Fox)?


Shame on Pelosi.

I’m not sure exactly where Donald Trump is regarding his faith in Jesus as Lord, but I can tell you God is pleased with a President who has placed his support in the column of both prayer and LIFE.

As for my first Presidential Prayer Breakfast, in the middle of the festivities the coffee I consumed kicked-in and I had to visit the restroom.  As I walked out of the restroom and into the totally empty hallway to get back into the auditorium there was Billy Graham.  Four years earlier (read this) I had interviewed Graham for the TV station I was working for in Reno. I walked up to him and introduced myself and without missing a beat he remember me.


Meantime… Kudos to Donald Trump, shame on Nancy Pelosi.

Brian Sussman

Reader Interactions


  1. Rwripley says

    Hello Brian thank you for that firsthand information and story is always more exciting to be there in person in the two notes that you spoke about prayer in school and a president that is against abortion are probably the only two things that I can agree with this president he has lied every single day

  2. Rich Mohr says

    I’m also proud of our Current President.
    Few could or would stand up to what he and his family have weathered thru this four year long storm of hate, and look forward to another five years of the same.
    Forgiveness, is an interesting concept, except for those who violate every principle of decency, then demand forgiveness as a means to their vile agenda of not only defeating an opponent but marking them for life as an example of their power and authority over all who would challenge their greatness.
    Evil is evil, and only God can put an end to it. We can only expose it and refuse to participate in its schemes.

  3. Don says

    Given the fecal storm President Trump has endured for three years, I think anything he can do to drive her and the rest of the liberals over the edge is fair game.
    I doubt if Nana even knows who she represents any more (besides herself) and should be taken on a walking tour of the “beautiful streets of her city”.
    Can you imagine if Karl Malden and Michael Douglas were doing their show “Streets of San Francisco” today how it would look.
    She should resign in shame.

    • Brian Sussman says

      My guess is Nancy will hang in long enough to see her nephew, Gavin Newsome, run for President.
      Thanks for checking in, Don.

  4. Paul Von schopp says

    Nancy’s reaction really doesn’t surprise me. It gets me a little riled though, but it does show that she does not take her religion seriously. Oh, yeah, and she really really really hates Donald Trump.

    • Brian Sussman says

      Thanks for checking in, Jeremy.
      Wish I could be on the air during these as we draw nearer the re-election of Donald J. Trump.

  5. Jeremy Smith says

    Miss you Brian. Thanks for still posting and writing, keep it up!
    It’s because of you, I am a faithful KSFO listener!
    P.S. Hope they keep Brad!
    Jeremy Smith

    • Brian Sussman says

      Thanks, Jeremy.
      I gotta stay in the game somehow!
      Sadly, the guys who are running KSFO don’t understand our special format. Brad will be gone at the end of the month and he’lll be replaced by a syndicated program.
      Fun while it lasted for sure…

  6. Marcela Sajfr says

    Nooooo, I miss you Brian and wish you all the best but loosing Brad too is insane. I have been listening to your show since you did the 5 pm segment and you, Katie & Sherri keep me sane in the central of liberal madhouse called Bay Area. Please keep blogging!
    Btw: I came legally from Eastern Europe 20 years ago and today I am a proud conservative and American. Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Brian Sussman says

      YOU are a great American, Marcela!
      Thank you for listening, and encouraging me.
      Best regards,
      PS: don’t forget to listen to my Hidden Headlines podcasts!

  7. Ed Rodrigues says

    Glad your still in the game Brian, didn’t know all the back story of your
    retirement from KSFO, but I understand.
    You, Katie, and Sherrie had made my morning commute bearable
    for many years, and I thank you for it.
    Don’t really know what to listen come March.
    Hope the gals land on their feet like you did.

    • Brian Sussman says

      Thanks, Ed.
      I miss the opportunity to speak to such a great family of friends and patriots daily.
      Best regards,

  8. Jon says

    Hey Brian,

    Loved reading the post about the Prayer Breakfast. From the description I would have loved to have been there, just to watch Nancy squirm!


  9. Marc S says

    Brian this is what drives me crazy. You say that God is pleased with the President. He’s pleased with a person that was up until he ran pro choice? He’s pleased with a man that cheated on his pregnant wife with a porn star and a playmate that he had to pay off to keep quiet? He’s pleased with a man that treats women like pieces of meat? Is he pleased with a President that treats war criminals better than war heroes and Gold Star Families?

    Do you really believe this man actually has any faith in his entire body. Remember after saying that the Bible is his favorite book to read he couldn’t recite a single passage from it. This was the National Prayer Breakfast not an event to gloat about yourself. President Trump had the entire rest of the day to wave that paper around yet he couldn’t find a second to be humble and prayerful like Jesus.

    Trump a religious man? I think not

    • Brian Sussman says

      He’s a super flawed man for sure, but for whatever reason he is holding fast to a lot of positions that conservatives (especially Christian conservatives) really like.
      Best regards.

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