Former US Presidents Bush, Obama pay their last respects to McCain

Former US Presidents Bush, Obama pay their last respects to McCain

Former US Presidents Bush, Obama pay their last respects to McCain

Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in U.S. politics for decades. McCain, a naval aviator, was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent 5 1/2 years as a POW. The animosity between Mr McCain and Mr Trump had been mutual, and they clashed often.

"The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold, she is resourceful and confident and secure, she meets her responsibilities, she speaks quietly because she is strong". McCain's request for speeches by the former presidents, to some, represents that ideal. John McCain made him a focus of their remarks.

Bush and Democrat Barack Obama praised McCain for making them "better" leaders and embodying the virtue of placing country over party, the stunning contrast between the unifying ceremony and an outcast Trump only highlighted the astonishing state of U.S. politics.

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.

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, tracking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage", Obama said in another not-so-veiled nod to Trump. "It's a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough but in fact is born in fear". "It has been mentioned today, and we've seen footage this week John pushing back against supporters who challenged my patriotism during the 2008 campaign". "To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist: We are better than this".

And even afterwards he served in office.

Meghan McCain told mourners at the cathedral: "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness".

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Washington's past and present political elite bore witness.

It definitely looks like the crowd in attendance, which included no less than three former presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, agreed with her Trump diss.

On Friday, the senator lay in state in the US Capitol, the 31st person to be given the rare honor.

A formal ceremony is set to take place in the Rotunda at approximately 11 a.m. and the public is invited to pay their respects at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The service at Washington National Cathedral is one of several events honoring McCain's life this week.

On Friday in Detroit, singer Stevie Wonder also made reference to Trump's slogan during his tribute to Franklin, the legendary recording artist who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 on August 16. Joseph Lieberman and his daughter Meghan McCain. McCain instead chose former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. McCain made abundantly clear he was not welcome at, the digital equivalent of yelling all-caps came after the younger McCain spoke for herself, her family and many who admired her father this morning in the cathedral.

Despite their long political history, Bush and McCain were cordial.

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