Obama, Bush surprised by McCain eulogy requests: report

Obama, Bush surprised by McCain eulogy requests: report
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Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE were reportedly surprised when late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (R-Ariz.) asked them to deliver eulogies at his funeral earlier this year, CNN reports.

Bush and Obama both faced the late senator in brutal presidential races in the 2000 primary and 2008 general, respectively. 

Their roles in McCain's upcoming funeral are considered a call for civility and bipartisanship in politics.

McCain called each former president this past spring and asked them to participate, according to CNN. 


One person who will not be in attendance at the funeral is President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE, with whom McCain had a strained relationship.

McCain was a frequent critic of White House policies, particularly on foreign relations.

Trump personally attacked the late senator during his campaign, saying he was not a war hero since he had been captured in Vietnam.