George W. Bush, Michelle Obama share tender moment at McCain's funeral

George W. Bush, Michelle Obama share tender moment at McCain's funeral

Meghan McCain paid tribute to her late father Saturday morning at the Washington National Cathedral, and though she didn't mention President Trump by name, her perceived rebuke of him in her eulogy is garnering notice.

Hailing his friend as "an extraordinary man", warrior and patriot who embodied what is best in America, Democrat Obama said McCain "made us better presidents - just as he made the Senate better, just as he made the country better".

Bush defeated McCain for the Republican presidential nomination in a bitterly fought 2000 presidential primary in which allegations against McCain's family ran wild.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered an emotional eulogy for McCain at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, served as a pallbearer on Saturday.

He died on August 25 at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form brain cancer.

The senator's passing marked the end of a 35-year political career that brought the independent-minded Republican within reach of the White House as his party's presidential nominee. "He could not abide bigots", he said. "To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist: We are better than this".

"He made us better presidents", Obama said of McCain, and noted that the conservative lawmaker, understood that "some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party".

John McCain, his daughter Meghan indirectly skewered President Donald Trump, telling those in attendance: "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great".

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush euologized the late senator during the 2 1/2-hour service.

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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of CT, a Democrat who was once re-elected as an independent, also spoke of McCain's patriotism and ability to bring people of all political parties together.

Members of the military slowly carried McCain's coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in U.S. politics for decades.

He recalled the moment from the 2008 campaign - replayed often on television this week - when McCain challenged one of his own supporters who had falsely claimed that Obama was not an American.

John McCain followed in the footsteps of his Navy family and served in the Vietnam War. "Its a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough but in fact is born in fear". John called on us to be bigger than that.

At the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Vice President Pence remembered McCain as a champion of America's armed forces. The procession is expected to continue highlighting what McCain found important, some of which contrasts with Trump's style and priorities.

In the photo, Cindy McCain was standing with her hand on her heart next to Bridget, Sidney and Meghan McCain. John McCain began Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, and will conclude on Sunday in Annapolis, Maryland, where he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

On McCain's death: "Some lives are so vivid, it is hard to imagine them ended. And I will miss him".

It was then taken to Washington to lie in state at the Capitol.

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