OAKLAND, Calif. -- Harold Camping's first words to his followers in the wake of the May 21 Rapture that didn't happen were about himself.
"Of course, this last weekend was a very interesting weekend," Camping said in a radio address, before taking questions from a roomful of reporters. Camping conceded that the "dire predictions" he'd made, drawing attention from media and churchgoers across the world, did not come to pass, and as a result the weekend "was a very difficult time for me."
Feeling intense pressure as the phone rang over and over and strangers knocked at his door, Camping said he took his wife to a motel, where they watched TV and prayed. And in the morning, he was deeply confused, but came to a realization.
The doomsday campaign is over, he said. There will be no more TV and radio ads, no fliers being handed out. The billboards predicting the end of the world would happen May 21 are coming down, and they won't be replaced.