Senator John McCain's daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader without naming him for using "cheap rhetoric" against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman.
The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as the rest of McCain's farewell tour, which began in Arizona after he died August 25 from brain cancer and stretched to Washington.
"Our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult", Obama said.
That the men who vanquished McCain in their presidential battles were asked to speak was seen as a testament to his commitment to looking beyond party and signaling that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, are rowing together in the same boat.
Senator McCain and President Trump had battled on the Senate floor on and off since the former Apprentice star and real estate mogul took office in 2017.
Bush also described tangling with McCain, who had been tortured as a POW in Vietnam and fiercely opposed harsh interrogation tactics employed by the U.S.in the years following the September 11 attacks.
"John called on us to be bigger than that", Obama said.More news: Khalil Mack Will Not Be Traded
"The best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles, was as a father", she said.
"I was grateful, but I wasn't surprised", he explained.
Meghan McCain is saying goodbye to her father.
Cindy McCain tweeted a photo of the extended McCain family shortly after the Washington, D.C., memorial service for Sen. "President Bush and I are among the fortunate few who competed against John at the highest level of politics".
"What needs to happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to make love great again", Wonder said, according to the Hill. John McCain at the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday.
The Mercury News reports that Bush hailed McCain's "combination of courage and decency" in a eulogy that touched on the state of the nation's politics under Donald Trump.
McCain, who died at the age of 81 last Saturday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, was an iconic figure in U.S. politics.
McCain's family had made clear the president was not welcome at the funeral for the six-term senator and decorated war veteran at the Washington National Cathedral.