McCain’s Funeral ‘Less a Eulogy Than a Call to Arms — CNN Analyst

Minnie Murray
September 2, 2018

"It's a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough but in fact is born of fear".

Bush recalled how he and McCain spoke of that "intense period like football players remembering a big game".

"He would probably not want us to dwell on it, but we are better for his presence among us".

"What a better way to get a last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience", Obama joked.

"In a way, it's the last great gift that John McCain gave America", Lieberman 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.

Trump had spent parts of the morning before McCain's funeral tweeting his anger about the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and highlighting quotes from a mutual critic of the FBI and Justice Department.

"My father is gone, and my sorrow is enormous, but I know his life was great because it was good", McCain said toward the end of her tribute. "The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly", Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's daughters, said in her remarks.

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


Other guests included former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, comedian Jay Leno, and former Senator Bob Dole. His flag-draped casket was escorted by military body bearers up the cathedral steps under gray skies. He died August 25 at age 81.

The late senator, who was hailed by many as a "maverick" and "hero", was widely respected across political parties.

"I think anyone that has served knows senator McCain's service and what he went through and his life of service". John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington.

Conspicuously absent was President Donald Trump.

Cindy McCain tweeted a photo of the extended McCain family shortly after the Washington, D.C., memorial service for Sen.

CNN has previously reported that McCain did not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, was not invited to any of the memorial services. McCain served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war for more than five years. He refused to be released without his men. Mr McCain's request for speeches by the former presidents, to some, represents that ideal.

Bush said that McCain was "honest, no matter whom it offended", adding that "presidents were not spared".

It was then taken to Washington to lie in state at the Capitol.

Members of the military slowly carried McCain's coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in United States politics for decades.

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