Barack Obama Eulogy at John McCain Funeral

Two of his top aides, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defence Secretary James Mattis, flanked Cindy McCain as she approached the memorial and joined the service.

After making the decision to halt his treatments for brain cancer, Senator John McCain passed away on Saturday, August 25.

Meghan McCain, who has made no secret of her unhappiness with Trump's criticism of her father, kicked off a memorial service that was attended by a who's who crowd of Democratic and Republican leaders who gathered to celebrate the former war prisoner's life. Joe Lieberman of CT and Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's daughters, are also on the list of those slated to speak at Saturday's memorial service.

The two Republicans had major differences, both personal and political, and Mr McCain's family made it clear that Mr Trump was not welcome.

On Friday Mr McCain's body was taken back to the Congress buildings where he worked for decades and lay in state in the Capitol rotunda overnight.

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

Meghan McCain said her father was a "great man" and she encouraged others to live up to his example, setting a tone that echoed the senator's own fighting spirit as services began Saturday (local time) at the Washington National Cathedral.

"John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder - we are better than this, America is better than this", Mr Bush said.

Wolf Blitzer doesn't think anything at John McCain's funeral was out of line or too political. and he's got no apparent issues with Meghan McCain's shot at the Prez either.

She later added, "We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to fault or failure".

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'I am here before you today saying the words I have never wanted to say, feeling the loss i have never wanted to feel, ' she said.

Hailing his friend as "an extraordinary man", warrior and patriot who embodied what is best in America, Obama said McCain "made us better presidents - just as he made the Senate better, just as he made the country better". "We never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other man's patriotism, or that when all was said and done, we were on the same team", Obama said.

Mr Bush - who defeated Mr McCain for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 - paid tribute to the senator's courage, honesty and sense of honour.

"At various points during his long career, John confronted policies and practices that he believed were unworthy of his country".

The procession to Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral included a stop at the Vietnam veterans' memorial where the senator's widow Cindy McCain placed a wreath honoring her husband and his fellow veterans.

"John would be the first to tell you he was not a flawless man, but he dedicated his life to national ideals that are as flawless as men and women have as yet conceived".

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona offered the benediction for McCain's service in their home state.

The Bush campaign denied any involvement, and the eventual 43rd president once referred to the anti-McCain ad campaign as "kind of politics".

Held as a prisoner until 1973, McCain was tortured by his captors in a jail that Americans dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton".

Pallbearers at Saturday's service reflect his desire to reach across political divides.

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