By Charlie Johnston
I finished my last talk of this series yesterday in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Since early June, I did 35 public presentations in 33 different cities, with at least 45 more private talks along the way. I have been mighty busy since the late spring! This will be mostly pictures today.
All across the U.S. I have been given an extravagant welcome. In a few places, authorities decided not to welcome me – though several of those called after I had left the region asking if I could swing back, having read the website and determined that I was okay, after all. Amazingly, across the country, I had only one heckler – a 91-year-old man in Los Angeles. But he heckled David Daleiden, the young man who made the Planned Parenthood videos and talked for a few minutes at my request, too. I think the fellow wants his old job as a heckler on the Muppet Show back.
At almost every venue with more than 70 people, I had a few come up and apologize to me afterwards, telling me they had come to take me down and denounce me for being a fear-monger. All said they had only heard of me before…and after hearing what I actually had to say, they were filled with peace and resolve. After I get home, I will organize all these pictures and give you a better sense of the visits. I will also exercise regularly to take off some of the pounds I put on from all the magnificent food people filled me with.
Thank you all. It has been a wonderful four and a half months traveling this great country and seeing the great heart, the great faith, the great hope that is rising even as the darkness clouds things. We shall overcome.