Washington Pays Tribute To John McCain

Roberta McCain

Roberta McCain

Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018.

Two former United States (US) presidents today paid tribute to late Senator John McCain during a funeral service held in the American capital today.

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He and Trump, both Republicans, had feuded publicly for more than two years.

Obama praised McCain for opposing "bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy" and as a proponent of a "free and independent press".

SNELL: He went on to say that it's a politics born out of fear and not strength.

Biden spoke of the values of "fairness, honesty, dignity, respect, giving hate no safe harbor, leaving no one behind and understanding that as Americans, we're part of something much bigger than ourselves".

Tomorrow, he will be buried next to a lifelong friend at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Trump was reportedly asked by the McCain family not to attend the funeral, although daughter Ivanka attended with husband Jared Kushner.

The carefully choreographed service at the Washington National Cathedral was the culmination of a week of public memorials for the Arizona lawmaker, who died August 25 at age 81.

President Donald Trump appeared to hit back at Meghan McCain after she made fiery comments about him at her father's funeral. "Donald thinks it makes him appear strong when he never wavers and always holds firm in his opinion, but she believes the exact opposite and thinks the way he handled the John McCain situation is the ideal example". Joe Lieberman and daughter Meghan McCain.

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"He was a great man", Meghan, 33, said about her father at the service at the Washington National Cathedral.

"The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold".

A black POW/MIA flag, like those flown when McCain and others were held prisoner in Vietnam, stands permanently in the Rotunda, bearing the words "You are not forgotten".

"He lived by a set of public virtues that brought strength and objective to his life and to his country", the 43rd president said during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

On the way from the Capitol to the cathedral on Saturday morning, the cortege stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his widow Cindy laid a wreath.

But they spoke of reconciling with him during personal moments afterward, and, as Bush said, "the rivalry melted away".

In another clear swipe at Mr Trump, she said some resented her father for being "a great fire who burned bright" and what he revealed about their own characters.

Obama, who beat McCain in the 2008 USA presidential election, hailed the one-time prisoner of war for his commitment to truth and core democratic values, qualities that some critics see lacking in Trump, a former reality television star and New York City real estate mogul. He refused early release. McCain's request for speeches by the former presidents, to some, represents that ideal.

"Imagine the dashing aviator, who took his aircraft hurtling off pitching decks in the South China seas, kissing the hurt when I fell and skinned my knee", she said.

"Back", Mr McCain wrote on the last page of his recent memoir, "where it began".

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