Joe Libermam, Dr. Henry Kissinger as well as president George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
John McCain (R-AZ) as he lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda Friday.
The senator’s casket was carried up the steps of the Capitol in the pouring rain by representatives from every branch of the military.
The columnist then invoked Graham’s shifting support for Attorney General and former colleague Jeff Sessions.
“He had America’s fighting spirit”, McConnell said. But I pray, I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us, your whole life, the world now shares with you in the ache of John’s death.”There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding it’s hard to see anything else”.
Trump told Bloomberg, “No, I don’t think I did at all”, when asked if he missed a chance to unite the country and whether he had made a mistake.
Biden and McCain’s friendship goes way back to the 1970s when Biden had a strong desire to meet McCain who had been an American war hero.
“What stands out about John McCain is what he stood for”, Ryan said.
One man, who said he was born in Vietnam and showed up carrying an American flag and wearing a red MAGA hat, said he was moved by McCain’s reconciliation with Vietnam after his imprisonment and torture during the Vietnam War. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence was chosen to speak and represent the administration. “And it’s my great honor to be here”.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was sometimes on the receiving end of Senator McCain’s “distinct brand of candour”. The last of the family to file past was his mother, 106-year-old Roberta McCain.
Friday started as a bright, sunny morning at the U.S. Capitol as the ceremony for late Arizona Sen.
Sibyl Kalish, 59, traveled with her 89-year-old mother, Beverly, from NY and waited in the blistering heat to file past McCain’s coffin.
The onetime Navy fighter pilot endured 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his aircraft was shot down over Hanoi.
The ceremony Friday comes after two days of tributes for McCain in Arizona.
“There is only one John McCain”, said Kansas Sen.
After the service, McCain’s wife of 38 years, Cindy, bowed over the casket, clasped her hands and appeared to pray there. Just to the north of the rotunda in the semi-darkened Senate, McCain’s desk remained draped in black and topped with a vase of white roses.
On Wednesday, thousands of people queued for hours in the blazing Arizona heat to pay final respects to him as his coffin was displayed inside the Arizona Capitol rotunda.
In recent days, McCain has been eulogized and remembered by Republicans and Democrats alike. Biden’s son Beau Biden and another giant of the Senate who both men called a friend, Ted Kennedy, died of the same aggressive tumor. “And may God continue to bless the United States of America”.
“Meghan McCain’s face says it all”, said user Stuguru. “We both lamented, watching it change”. But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother.
McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer, though Trump has professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russian President, Vladimir Putin – praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead”.
“I respect him for what he gave for this country”. “Well, I thought of a few”.