Obama, Meghan McCain Slam Absent Trump In Funeral Tribute

Veteran and National Park Service volunteer Paul Stancliff searches the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the names "John" and "McCain" in hopes of making a rubbing to honor the late Arizona senator.

Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, another vanquisher of McCain's presidential ambitions who was asked to eulogize him, said the senator, who lay in a casket covered in the American flag, lived by a set of "public virtues that brought strength and goal to his life and to his country".

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness", McCain said, reports CBS News.

"The America of John McCain", she declared with a steely stare, "has no need to be made great again because America was always great".

Other guests included former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, comedian Jay Leno, and former senators Bob Dole and John Kerry. But even as their remarks made clear their admiration for him, they represented a repudiation of U.S. President Donald Trump's brand of tough-talking, divisive politics.

The procession carrying his casket made a stop at the Vietnam War Memorial, where wife Cindy McCain laid a wreath honoring servicemen and women who died during the war.

McCain is to be buried on Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy.

"If you're shamed into saying, 'How dare you support someone like Donald Trump or his views because John McCain was the standard bearer of goodness, '" Hegseth continued.

Every aspect of the senator's weeklong memorial carried political and personal significance, including his pall bearers Saturday.

According to the White House pool report, the president arrived at his Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, shortly after 11 a.m. But at a service McCain created to break down rivalries and encouraged civility, Clinton and Cheney, two of their parties' sharpest partisans, drew stares. John McCain on Saturday took aim at the President of the U.S.in an emotional eulogy at the Washington National Cathedral. "John McCain was defined by love". John McCain "melted away" as they forged a friendship.

The ceremony will also feature tributes from Republican former President George W. Bush, who prevailed over McCain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Democratic former President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in the 2008 presidential election and won.

Barack Obama, meanwhile, said he and McCain "didn't advertise it", but they would meet nearly weekly in the Oval Office to talk about policy and also their families.

"I think anyone that has served knows senator McCain's service and what he went through and his life of service".

Bush said one of the great gifts in his life was becoming friends with his former White House rival.

"Graham said it would be a nice gesture for Ivanka & Jared to attend, but cleared it w/ Cindy McCain first", Rogers tweeted, referring to McCain's widow.

Those who spoke came to the National Cathedral at Sen. So, for someone like John to ask you, while he's still alive, to stand and speak of him when he's gone, is a precious and singular honor. John McCain was not defined by prison, by the Navy, by the Senate, by the Republican Party or any one of the deeds in his absolutely extraordinary life.

"Back", McCain wrote on the last page of his recent memoir, "where it began".

  • Jacqueline Ellis