Bush, Obama say John McCain made them ‘better’ presidents

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"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great", she said at one point to sustained applause inside the cathedral.

Meghan McCain remembered "the love of a father who mentors as much as comforts" and said she came to appreciate how much he suffered and how he triumphed over the years of torture he endured at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors.

Meghan McCain maintained a clear voice through her tears as she praised her father's devotion to his country and family.

McCain is set to be buried Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, next to his longtime Naval Academy friend Chuck Larson. John McCain on Saturday as a loving father, a fierce but forgiving political brawler, and a champion of American values around the world.

Obama's husband, former President Barack Obama, largely ran against the policies of Bush ― including the disastrous Iraq War ― when campaigning for president in 2008. McCain's request for speeches by the former presidents, to some, represents that ideal.

Members of the military slowly carried McCain's coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in USA politics for decades. McCain pushed for a compromise that included securing United States borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

"I think it was a bipartisan rejection for this kind of politics that is inherently grounded in division", Brownstein said.

Earlier, McCain's daughter Meghan had delivered a tearful address which pointedly took aim at the president's campaign slogan. Flags on the Executive Mansion and other federal building were put back to half-staff for McCain until tomorrow's private funeral at the Naval Academy with an Oval Office proclamation.

National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was among Canadian officials who attended John McCain's funeral in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and he called the senator a "friend to Canada".

On Thursday, a memorial service was held in Phoenix and on Friday, a ceremony was held in the US Capitol, where McCain's body was lain in state. He also noted that McCain "detested the abuse of power", adding "To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist that we are better than this, America is better than this". But they spoke of reconciling with him during personal moments afterward, and, as Bush said, "the rivalry melted away".

McCain died August 25 from brain cancer at age 81.

"I mean, every couple days, President Trump has to find a new target on Twitter or in his public comments - something new to kind of stir up".

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great".

Inside the cathedral, guests including former president Bill Clinton, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former senator Bob Dole joined together to honour McCain while a pipe organ and brass ensemble played in the background. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today morning at the National Cathedral.

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