Many held their hands over their hearts and waved American flags.
John McCain’s funeral, a ceremony that was both a celebration of his life and a condemnation of the commander in chief, the media has a lot to say. “It’s a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough but in fact is born in fear”. John called upon us to be bigger than that.
This week we honor an American hero, Sen.
But mostly Mr Bush recalled a champion for the “forgotten people” at home and overseas whose legacy will serve as a reminder, even in times of doubt, of the power of America as more than a physical place but a “carrier of human aspirations”.
And she said this, a bit later on in her eulogy: “The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold”.
Meghan McCain had not even concluded her heartfelt and passionate eulogy for her father, Republican Sen.
Petraeus said McCain was a man of “great courage, unshakable determination, and unwavering devotion to our country and those who defend it”, according to remarks released by the family.
In remembering the senator, the 43rd and 44th Presidents both drew implicit comparisons between McCain’s style of politics and Trump’s, but it was his daughter who delivered the harshest blows – bolstering her father’s “American greatness, the real thing”, and condemning those who have “resented” his fire “for that light it cast upon them, for the truth it revealed about their character”. “We are a lantern of freedom and opportunity to the world, the bright beacon of hope that our fathers died to bequeath us, and our children will be asked to defend”, he said.
Mr McCain graduated from the elite Naval Academy in 1958, later serving in Vietnam as a fighter jet pilot.
Kelly and Mattis also escorted Cindy McCain when she laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial before the funeral service began.
On Friday in Detroit, singer Stevie Wonder also made reference to Trump’s slogan during his tribute to Franklin, the legendary recording artist who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 on August 16. John McCain on Saturday to criticise his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”.
Of course, turns of phrase in televised speeches before adoring crowds don’t always represent the deepest or most precise thoughts of a political leader. John McCain’s funeral procession.
Graham said the guest list was carefully selected by McCain’s family, because “if you wanted to invite everyone who loved John McCain you could have filled up Yankee Stadium”.
But other Trump allies were upset Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were at the service all given the slams against the president. He refused early release.
The president, pointedly excluded from all the McCain events, had a hard week.
As for oppressed people around the world, many of them are engaged in struggle against regimes armed and funded by the United States government. McCain lost the Republican presidential nomination to Bush in 2000 and the presidential election to Obama in 2008.
The service was the last in a series of ceremonies held to honour the late senator, who had been mourned in Phoenix and laid in state in the Capitol rotunda. Joe Lieberman, who joined the program with Graham, said he was a “proud uncle” watching McCain’s speech at the memorial service.