Reporter Ivan Couronne of Agence France-Presse caught up with the Christian anti–marriage equality activist following the speech and had his cell phone camera set to record as he asked if she had any thoughts. The conversation took less time than it does to recite ehe Lord's Prayer:
Davis: “I just want to be an encouragement."
Couronne: "To whom?"
Davis: "To all Christians who want to stay and make a difference.”
Couronne: "What did you think of the President's speech?"
Davis: “It was a speech.”
Davis was invited to attend the address by Rep. Jim Jordan's office, who only learned his office had given the hottest tickets in Washington to Davis after he had denied doing so to a reporter. "Yeah, so we gave a ticket to — at the request of the Family Research Council — we gave the ticket to Kim Davis's family," the Ohio congressman told The Huffington Post.
Comments on Twitter about Davis's appearance — she wore what appeared to be a red, white, and blue cardigan sweater, and had her hair swept up and back — ranged from cruel to comical.
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With marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell sitting in the balcony with First Lady Michelle Obama, Davis had to listen as the president calling winning the freedom to marry a national victory.
"Our unique strengths as a nation — our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law — these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come," Obama said.
"In fact, it’s that spirit that we have made progress these past seven years. That's how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. That's how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector. That's how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops coming home and our veterans. That's how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love."
Given these remarks, it's particularly uncharacteristic of Davis to remain silent. She made headlines last year when she was jailed for contempt of court rather than sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples due to her personal beliefs regarding marriage equality.
Watch the video as Couronne asked Davis what she thought of the speech, below.
En exclusivité mondiale, Kim Davis pour l'AFP. "Je voulais encourager tous les Chrétiens" pic.twitter.com/yoCzflde2m
— Ivan Couronne (@ivancouronne) January 13, 2016