John McCain: Remembering a political friend, foe, and father

Sep 02, 2018, 17:32
John McCain: Remembering a political friend, foe, and father

While Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attended US Senator John McCain's memorial service on Saturday, her father and stepmother were noticeably absent from the proceedings.

She later added, "We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to fault or failure".

"Not the cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege". He always took great pride in being principled and fair, right up until the very end'.

Henry also complained that Trump opponents like Obama claimed that McCain's funeral was "all about unity but they didn't invite President Trump, they didn't invite Sarah Palin and they chose to take some shots".

Before the service, Mr McCain's procession will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his wife, Cindy, is expected to lay a wreath.

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McCain was honored at the Washington National Cathedral, before his final resting place at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. "John called on us to be bigger than that".

McCain's daughter Meghan McCain also lashed out at Trump during the service. It's a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough, but is instead born of fear. The late senator expressly did not invite Trump to his funeral. Jack and Jimmy McCain held a military salute.

McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81, has been lionized over the past week of extraordinary and emotional memorials and tributes, including his congressional colleagues bestowing him the rare honour of lying in state in the US Capitol on Friday.

While Bush and Obama hail from different parties, their message Saturday was clear: U.S. politics can and should rise to a higher level with the example set by McCain. "At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty - or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye".

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, recalled his friendship with McCain and spoke at length about how McCain had wanted to name him as a running mate during his 2008 presidential campaign.

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were among those paying tribute during the 2 1/2-hour funeral service, offering touching - and sometimes humorous - personal anecdotes about their time spent with McCain. "He called on us to be better than that".

At the time of Larson's death, McCain said in a statement he could think of "no finer example of honorable" and faithful service to the country than that of Larson's. "What better way to get a last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience".

Seated in the pews were three former presidents, a host of lawmakers, and top officials from around the world.

Trump and McCain's contentious relationship worsened after the self-described "maverick" voted down a bill that would have repealed large swaths of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

After all the public celebrations of John McCain, the question after Saturday will be whether his vision of America will have a resurgence, and whether the many VIPs will take the lead in his fight.

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At the National Cathedral, attention will no doubt focus on the addresses by Bush and Obama. "You could disagree on substance", Biden said. "Thank you", said Quyen Ngo, who was there with others who said they were children of Vietnamese political prisoners who were later helped to come to the U.S.

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