McCain’s Funeral ‘Less a Eulogy Than a Call to Arms — CNN Analyst


Family members and dignitaries gathered to pay tribute to late U.S. Senator John McCain in Washington DC on Saturday, a solemn event attended by thousands, including two former presidents.

"The greater cause to which he devoted his life was America", said former Connecticut Sen.

Henry also complained that Trump opponents like Obama claimed that McCain's funeral was "all about unity but they didn't invite President Trump, they didn't invite Sarah Palin and they made a decision to take some shots". Then, it rose in anger.

The audience of Washington power players erupted in applause. A pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. "He was defined by love", Meghan McCain said.

Trump spent the morning at the White House, attacking a United States ally - Canada - hitting out at Obama, whose name he misspelled in a Twitter post, and assailing the FBI and the Justice Department over the Russian Federation investigation before heading to his golf club in Virginia.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson tweeted her own contrast with McCain.

John McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the Naval Academy.

Former President George W. Bush said that McCain could frustrate him but he also made him better and that over the years their rivalry melted.

McCain's daughter delivered a tearful but forceful tribute to her father, who she said told her to "show them how tough you are" with her eulogy.

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult, and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage", Obama said.

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"It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough but in fact is born of fear. What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example". "He called us to be better than that", he added. -Canada relations also attended the service.

After all the public celebrations of John McCain, the question after Saturday will be whether his vision of America will have a resurgence, and whether the many VIPs will take the lead in his fight.

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.

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. "But we enjoyed the time we shared away from the bright lights and we laughed with each other and we learned from each other and we never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other's patriotism - or that when all was said and done, we were on the same team".

Seated in the pews were three former presidents, a host of lawmakers, and top officials from around the world. And even afterwards he served in office.

Washington's past and present political elite bore witness. Among those in the front row were Barack and Michelle Obama, George and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Dick Cheney and Al Gore.

His procession made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the way to his service, and his wife, Cindy, placed a wreath on the memorial. "It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but in fact is born of fear", Obama said in a eulogy for McCain at a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral. Although he believes the word "hero" is overused, Stancliff said he thinks McCain was one for always putting the country first. "RIP, John McCain", Joe Behar wrote. Also notably absent was McCain's 2008 Republican running mate, Sarah Palin.

"He was honorable, always recognizing that his opponents were still patriots and human beings", he said.

The remarks from former Democratic and Republican presidents who were once rivals to McCain sent a message of unity and bipartisanship at a time when Washington is deeply divided. "You were an exception and gave us an ideal to strive for".

McCain is to be buried on Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy.