President BidenJoe BidenFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Romney tests positive for coronavirus Pelosi sidesteps progressives' March 1 deadline for Build Back Better MORE along with former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush joined others gathered in Washington, D.C., on Friday for former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin PowellCooper becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection How American progressives normalize anti-Semitism Juan Williams: The GOP is an anti-America party MORE's funeral.
Powell, who died last month at the age of 84, was the first Black American to serve as secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Former first ladies Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden adds to communications team in lead-up to midterm elections Michelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE, Laura Bush and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLet's 'reimagine' political corruption The Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second MORE were also at the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. Sitting behind the former presidents were Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenFighting AIDS and COVID-19 depend on a firm foundation Human rights activists call on Olympic athletes to speak out against 'genocide games' The Biden administration faces a dangerous anti-American triad MORE and Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinBelarusian president vows war if Russia, Belarus attacked Biden says he'll send troops to Eastern Europe in 'near term' Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down MORE.
Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyBelarusian president vows war if Russia, Belarus attacked Biden says he'll send troops to Eastern Europe in 'near term' Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down MORE, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also in attendance as well as former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney.
Powell was Bush’s secretary of State and served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for former President George H.W. Bush and national security adviser for former President Ronald Reagan.
When the Bidens arrived at the cathedral Friday morning, they sat in the front row next to Obama, who hugged first lady Jill BidenJill BidenPhotos of the Week: Breyer retirement, bridge collapse and White House cat Willow The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Actor John Krasinski films outside White House Bidens welcome new cat Willow to the White House MORE. The president and first lady then chatted with Obama before the funeral began.
Powell died due to complications from COVID-19. He had been fully vaccinated and had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.