McCain friends say Meghan McCain reflects father's character

McCain friends say Meghan McCain reflects father's character

The replies to his tweet were mixed, with many seeming to believe that it was a direct attack on the McCain family and the senator's daughter's comments at the service.

Many assumed that he was referring to President Donald Trump, who was pointedly not invited to the service.

"If you're thinking of public service, pick a cause worthy of a good fight, and, above all else, when you make a mistake, admit it", Graham said.

While Bush and Obama hail from different parties, their message Saturday was clear: USA politics can and should rise to a higher level with the example set by McCain.

The funeral services for Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) were politically charged from start to finish.

McCain's legacy of bipartisanship and the deterioration of civility under Trump were themes mentioned by many of those who eulogized him, with some of the sharpest words aimed at the president coming from the senator's daughter Meghan McCain. He traveled to the Trump National Golf Club on Sunday and posted a tweet praising golfer Tiger Woods for showing "great class" for not criticizing him.

Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

On the way from the Capitol to the cathedral on Saturday morning, the cortege stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his widow Cindy laid a wreath.

Two days after McCain's death, President Trump returned the White House flags to full staff, forgoing a tradition that the rest of D.C. was maintaining to keep the flag lowered until the internment.

"He made us better presidents", Obama said of McCain, and noted that the conservative lawmaker, understood that "some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party".

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"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness - the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly", she said.

"He was a great man, he was a great warrior, he was a great American", she said. Joe Lieberman, considered by McCain as a running mate in 2008.

McCain has been honored in a number of services and ceremonies since he passed away last Saturday, Aug. 25. The former presidents drew on the senator's legacy at home and overseas to speak of the nation's values.

"This week's celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero, I think have taken our country above all that", he said.

Mr McCain had long urged the Senate and the polarised nation to recognise the humanity even in bitter political opponents. Mr McCain's request for speeches by the former presidents, to some, represents that ideal.

Among the pallbearers on a list provided by McCain's office were Frank Gamboa, his academy roommate; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; and two men who were POWs with McCain in Vietnam, John Fer and Everett Alvarez Jr.

Former president Obama paid tribute to the man he defeated in the 2008 USA presidential election.

McCain is to be buried Sunday in a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

And that's the theme that kept returning - McCain as a principled leader. "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.

"Back", Mr McCain wrote on the last page of his recent memoir, "where it began".

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