Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

by Dwayne Torres September 2, 2018, 17:30
Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

(Left-right) Cindy McCain, her son James McCain, and daughter Meghan McCain look on as the casket of the late Senator John McCain is loaded into a Hearse following his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

It is unknown if Kushner and Ivanka Trump received invites to the ceremony, but Refinery29 has reached out to Meghan McCain, who gave a eulogy for her father at today's service, for comment.

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

Three former presidents, scores of members of Congress, current and former world leaders and family and friends have gathered Saturday morning to eulogize McCain as an American hero.

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday to honour USA senator John McCain, in a momentous funeral that championed his aspirations of political comity but also rebuked the tribalism and division trafficked by Donald Trump.

In May, the New York Times reported that those close to McCain had told the White House that Vice President Mike Pence would be welcome to attend the senator's funeral but that Mr. Trump would not be. John McCain began Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, and will conclude on Sunday in Annapolis, Maryland, where he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

He added that: "To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist that we are better than this, America is better than this". "It's a politics that pretends to be fearless, but in fact is born of fear".

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When she was just 19 years old, Roberta eloped with 20-year-old Ensign Jack McCain in Tijuana, beginning her life as a Navy wife.

Cindy McCain tweeted a photo of the extended McCain family shortly after the Washington, D.C., memorial service for Sen. He died of brain cancer on August 25 at the age of 81. Both men had denied McCain's presidential aspirations. McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014. The president made clear he resented McCain's thumbs-down vote past year that sank the Republican attempt to repeal national health care.

Also scheduled to deliver eulogies on Saturday are two former presidents, Barack Obama (who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election) and George W. Bush (who beat out McCain in the race for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination). "He called on us to be better than that".

During a ceremony in Arizona, former Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the senator's "ageless" code.

"I think anyone that has served knows senator McCain's service and what he went through and his life of service. He called on us to be better than that", Obama said in a clear denunciation of Trump.

"He was just a tremendous man with a great heart and the (funeral) service was very fitting for the service that he provided for his nation", said Sajjan. They have been volunteering with the National Park Service for decades and try to help veterans who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress to overcome their fears when they visit the wall.

"But you see, with John, it wasn't feigned disagreement".

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