McCain honored at funeral by Bush and Obama

Thursday, 06 Sep, 2018

Meghan McCain's politicization of the eulogy for her deceased father shocked many people who were watching the funeral services on Saturday on live television - or watching it on livestreams on the internet.

Her line about "those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served" could apply to a whole generation of young men who found ways not to go to Vietnam.

Noting Mr McCain's time as a prisoner of war, Mr Bush said Mr McCain "loved freedom with the passion of a man who knew its absence". "Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like".

On Aug. 25, when McCain passed away, the president only posted a very brief tweet on Twitter offering his condolences to the senator's family, but didn't issue any formal statement about his death.

She later appeared to take a swipe at Trump's presidential campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again".

Former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the roster of the most senior former and current officials.

"He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and can not be erased by dictators", said Bush, who defeated McCain in a rancorous race for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination that left McCain embittered for several years.

In an appearance Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union", former senator Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, said the burial service is "going to be hard, because it's the last farewell".

Mr McCain had been routinely criticised over his military record by the United States president, who spent some time ahead of the service tweeting out a series of long-standing grievances about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department. Conspicuously missing: Trump, who was not invited.

As 43rd President to her husband's 44th, that means Michelle Obama and George W. Bush rub elbows often. "To the face of those in authority, John would insist, 'We are better than this".

But the real lesson is this: The politics of McCain and Co. failed in the eyes of tens of millions of Americans.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the funeral service for U.S. Sen. Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in his recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, "near where it began". When McCain and Woods arrived at the community to apologize, Woods said, they saw a resident near the entrance making an obscene gesture at them.

"I thought it was quite lovely for a great man", Giuliani said.

McCain's daughter delivered a tearful but forceful tribute to her father, who she said told her to "show them how tough you are" with her eulogy.

The motorcade carrying McCain's flag-draped casket paused at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on its way to the cathedral, and his widow, Cindy McCain, placed a ceremonial wreath there. John McCain, R-Ariz., including from left, Andrew McCain, Doug McCain, second from left, Meghan McCain, from front row left, Bridget McCain, Cindy McCain, Jimmy McCain and Jack McCain, watch as the casket is carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Washington, for a departure to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service.