Obama Fires Subliminals At Trump In His Eulogy For John McCain

Obama Fires Subliminals At Trump In His Eulogy For John McCain

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult, and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage", Obama said.

On Saturday, official Washington - with the notable exception of President Trump - gathered at Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service that featured tributes by such speakers as former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

It was a set of values that should serve as a reminder, he said: "If we're ever tempted to forget who we are, to grow tired of our cause, John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: 'We're better than this".

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday to honour U.S. senator John McCain, in a momentous funeral that championed his aspirations of political comity but also rebuked the tribalism and division trafficked by Donald Trump. "And now we have a leader who is either unable or unwilling to unite the country and at the same time to be able to use the strength of America ... to make the world a better place". On the guest list provided by funeral organisers was President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, where McCain helped support opposition to Russian aggression, and Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza.

Meghan McCain, a co-host of ABC's "The View", set the tone for the funeral with her opening eulogy by drawing contrasts between her father and those now in power.

"He loved freedom with a passion of a man who knew its absence".

"Perhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power".

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Trump's Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were also present.

Mr McCain's motorcade arrived from the Capitol, where he laid in state overnight, and the procession made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Mr McCain's wife, Cindy, placed a wreath.

The sharp dichotomy of Trump's pugilistic posts and the dignified memorial service, broadcast live by cable news stations and online, underscored the president's unwillingness to embrace the traditional duties of office and his scorn of Washington's protocols and conventions, which he has delighted in undermining.

A powerful pipe organ and Navy brass ensemble played during the service and renowned opera singer Renee Fleming sang a stirring rendition of "Danny Boy", drawing tears from Cindy McCain and others in the audience. Trump himself received five deferments that got him out of serving in the military.

Trump has chafed at the attention showered on McCain, who angered him a year ago by casting a crucial vote against a repeal of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies", while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy. Jack and Jimmy McCain held a military salute.

McCain was known for his willingness to work with members of the opposite party, particularly on the issue of immigration reform.

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