Obama, Bush pay tribute to John McCain at cathedral service

02 September, 2018, 15:46 | Author: Emmett Rice
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A member of a military honor guard team salutes as a hearse carrying the casket of the late Senator John McCain departs the U.S. Capitol.

Earlier Saturday, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Republican, had alluded to Trump's slogan during her eulogy for her father, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25.

In a thinly veiled shot at Trump, one of McCain's daughters, Meghan McCain, said in her emotional eulogy, "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness".

Obama recalled McCain calling earlier this year, asking the former president to speak at the event after his death. In Trump's absence, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials represented the administration. John McCain on Saturday as a loving father, a fierce but forgiving political brawler, and a champion of American values around the world.

Watch Bush's full eulogy for Sen.

Obama said: "We come to celebrate an extraordinary man, a warrior, a statesman, a patriot who embodied so much that is best in America".

"The best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles, was as a father", she said.

While Bush and Obama may seem like an unlikely duo, each coming from different political parties and different backgrounds, the two found kindred spirits in each other, Bush told People in a 2017 interview. It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but is instead born of fear. "But for all our differences, for all the times we sparred, I never tried to hide, and I think John came to understand, the longstanding admiration that I had to him", Obama added.

"We are better than this, America is better than this", Bush lamented.

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President Donald Trump's motorcade arrives at his golf course in Sterling, Va. "What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example".

Meghan, who co-hosts ABC's The View, also mocked Trump's signature slogan "Make America Great Again", saying that "America was always great".

They included Hollywood actor and liberal political activist Warren Beatty; former independent NY mayor Michael Bloomberg; liberal former senator Russ Feingold, who drew up campaign finance reform legislation with McCain; and Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara Murza. Several current and former senators were also on tap as pallbearers for McCain.

Bush defeated McCain for the Republican presidential nomination in a bitterly fought 2000 presidential primary in which allegations against McCain's family ran wild. Thousands of Americans lined up outside the U.S. Capitol in stifling heat to say a final goodbye as he lay in state.

It was first reported last July that the six-term Republican senator from Arizona was battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

A private burial service will be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland tomorrow. Larson, McCain's beloved friend from their Class of 1958, had reserved four plots at the storied cemetery - two for McCain and himself, and two for their wives, now widows.

McCain described how her father instilled that toughness in her - by making her get back on a horse that had bucked her off, causing her to break her collarbone.

Roberta McCain pays her respects to her late son. He was held as a P.O.W. for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam War.

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