Washington honors McCain at funeral

Washington honors McCain at funeral
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Former presidents, vice presidents, and officials from the current and former administrations gathered on Saturday at the funeral for the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.).

Former Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush were in attendance at the Washington National Cathedral, along with Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — House moving to vote on deal after signals Trump will sign MORE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE and Laura Bush, as well as former Vice Presidents Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him MORE, Dick Cheney and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Key Colorado House committee passes bill to decide presidential elections by popular vote, not Electoral college David Brock: Howard Schultz’s vanity project will reelect Donald Trump MORE.

George W. Bush in his eulogy said of McCain that “in one epic life was written the courage and greatness of our country” and noted “presidents were not spared” McCain's commitment to honesty.

Obama said McCain “liked being unpredictable, even a little contrarian" and called on Americans to be "bigger" than the "bombast," "phony controversies" and "manufactured outrage" of politics.


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Bipartisan lawmakers and foreign leaders were also in attendance at the event, which precedes McCain’s burial Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Additional speakers included McCain's daughter Meghan McCain, who contrasted her father's "American greatness" with "cheap rhetoric"; former senator and close McCain friend Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who offered humorous anecdotes and a defense of McCain's vote against the GOP's health-care reform bill last summer; and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who called McCain a "gift of destiny."

Prior to the funeral, McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, laid a wreath on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial not far away in Washington, D.C. McCain served in the Vietnam War as a Navy pilot. In 1967, he was shot down, captured and held hostage for more than five years.

McCain died of brain cancer on Aug. 25 at age 81.

— Updated 12:11 p.m.