Obama and Bush pay tribute to John McCain

Obama and Bush pay tribute to John McCain

John McCain on Saturday turned into a clear rebuke of President Donald Trump's divisive politics as his daughter, two former presidents and political dignitaries used their tributes to call for a return to civility.

Obama denounced a politics "that pretends to be fearless and tough, but in fact is born of fear". But for all of our differences, for all the times we sparred, I never tried to hide - and I think John came to understand - the long-standing admiration I had for him.

"We are better than this, America is better than this", Bush lamented.

He said they would in later years recall their political battles like former football players remembering the big game.

"John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder - we are better than this, America is better than this", Bush said. Obama and Bush had also been scheduled to speak at the funeral. The animosity between Mr McCain and Mr Trump had been mutual, and they clashed often.

At today's event, Roberta was seen comforting her granddaughter, Meghan McCain.

McCain said her father was a "great man" and she encouraged others to live up to his example. "The America of John McCain has no need to be great again because America was always great".

Meghan McCain is saying goodbye to her father.

The funeral was attended by several leaders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who was an honorary pallbearer. His flag-draped casket was escorted by military body bearers up the cathedral steps under gray skies.




Meghan McCain honours father at funeral service in Washington, D.C.

McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81, has been lionized over the past week of extraordinary and emotional memorials and tributes, including his congressional colleagues bestowing him the rare honor of lying in state in the US Capitol on Friday. "Some values transcend party".

She later appeared to take a swipe at Trump's presidential campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again". She just cemented her father's legacy, not as a war hero and longtime US senator, but as an enemy of Donald Trump.

As he did so, top members of his administration including his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton were present at the solemn cathedral service. "He's not a war hero", Trump said about McCain, who was a Vietnam veteran and a prisoner of war. He refused to be released without his men. "We never doubted the other man's sincerity or the man's patriotism". "You were an exception and gave us an ideal to strive for".

Trump and McCain's contentious relationship worsened after the self-described "maverick" voted down a bill that would have repealed large swaths of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Cameras caught George W Bush passing candy to Michelle Obama.

The roots of their feud go back to when Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists".

On Sunday, McCain will return to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for a private funeral and burial at the cemetery there.

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