Meghan McCain Takes Aim At Trump In Eulogy For John McCain

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Michelle Obama former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. President George W. Bush arrive for the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John Mc Cain at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on Sept. 1 2018

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Michelle Obama former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. President George W. Bush arrive for the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John Mc Cain at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on Sept. 1 2018

Meghan McCain's eulogy, which included quotes from her father's favorite book, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway, and homages to his military service, took aim at the catchphrase made famous by Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign as well as the president's multiple draft deferments that exempted him from serving in Vietnam. Then, it rose in anger.

"As Joe Lieberman said, it was John's instinct", Obama said, referring to McCain's friend and former colleague in the Senate, who also delivered a eulogy.

The audience of Washington power players erupted in applause.

"It was not about what was going to make John McCain more famous, more important, whatever", he said. McCain criticized Americans "from the highest income level" for that very deferment past year, although he did not name the president in his remarks.

As the memorial service unfolded, some Trump allies jumped to his defense.

At McCain's request, Obama, a Democrat, and Bush, a Republican, are among those speaking about the six-term senator during Saturday's service. John McCain at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on September 1, 2018. But they spoke of reconciling with him during personal moments afterward, and, as Bush said, "the rivalry melted away".

Bush delivered McCain a decisive defeat in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000.

"Not so much the country defined by its borders, but the America of our founding values: freedom, human rights, opportunity, democracy and equal justice under law", Lieberman said.

He and Trump, both Republicans, had feuded publicly for more than two years. "It's a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough but in fact is born in fear. I say goodbye, but I'll thank God I knew a man like John McCain". "To the face of those in authority, John would insist, 'We are better than this". The president, spotted briefing by reporters as he left the White House, was dressed in a white, short-sleeve shirt and white MAGA hat.

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"John called us on to be bigger than that". "And sometimes, those around you are even more direct than you would be in a given situation".

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, also appearing on CBS, said McCain was a "better angel of the American value system" who would reach across the aisle.

As political dignitaries gathered in Washington to memorialize Sen. Among those in the front row at the cathedral were Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Dick Cheney and Al Gore.

Earlier in the day, McCain's casket traveled from the US Capitol, where it had lain in state overnight, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his wife, Cindy, laid a wreath.

It is the last public event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession.

The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as the rest of McCain's farewell tour, which began in Arizona after he died on August 25 from brain cancer and stretched to Washington. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. But she, a populist firebrand with similarities to Trump, was not invited to any of the services.

President Trump returned the favor, jabbing back with a tweet that said, "Make America Great Again".

And that's the theme that kept returning - McCain as a principled leader. "Because America was always great".

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