John McCain, R-Ariz., including from left, Andrew McCain, Doug McCain, second from left, Meghan McCain, from front row left, Bridget McCain, Cindy McCain, Jimmy McCain and Jack McCain, watch as the casket is carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Washington, for a departure to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service. They were joined by a number of U.S. lawmakers and Vietnam War-era officials honoring the statesman.
Bush and Democrat Barack Obama praised McCain for making them "better" leaders and embodying the virtue of placing country over party, the stunning contrast between the unifying ceremony and an outcast Trump only highlighted the astonishing state of USA politics.
Bush described McCain as someone whose moral compass rejected the abuse of power in all its forms. He was severely tortured and held in solitary confinement. He first entered politics back in 1982, when he was elected to the House of Representatives. He won a Senate bid in 1987, a seat he held until his death.
The former president noted John McCain was a conservative lawmaker, but said, "he did understand that some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party".
The remarks from former Democratic and Republican presidents who were once rivals to McCain sent an unmistakable message of unity and bipartisanship at a time when Washington is deeply divided. But after eight years of Bush, he could not overcome Barack Obama's campaign based on change. "Some values transcend party".
Obama spoke of the long talks he and McCain had nearly weekly in the Oval Office and the senator's understanding that America's security and influence came not from "our ability to bend others to our will" but universal values of rule of law and human rights.
"My father knew pain and suffering with an intimacy and an immediacy that most of us are blessed never to have endured", McCain said. John McCain's funeral was more than a remembrance of a man. One his last votes in the Senate was his thumbs down to save Obamacare, a stark rejection of Trump's efforts to gut the legislation. The president did not attend Saturday's service and spent the morning sending tweets on other subjects.
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.
At the time of McCain's passing, Obama, who triumphed over him in the 2008 Presidential Election, said that despite their differences, McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".
McCain went even further in another clear swipe at Trump, saying that some people resented her father for revealing truths about their own characters.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen.
On Friday, the senator lay in state in the US Capitol, the 31st person to be given the honor.