George W. Bush’s full eulogy for John McCain

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush euologized the late senator during the 2 1/2-hour service.

The casket arrives for the memorial service of US Senator John McCain at National Cathedral in Washington, US, September 1, 2018.

It is unknown if Kushner and Ivanka Trump received invites to the ceremony, but Refinery29 has reached out to Meghan McCain, who gave a eulogy for her father at today's service, for comment.

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.

Obama denounced a politics "that pretends to be fearless and tough, but in fact is born of fear".

The almost three-hour service was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life. "But we enjoyed the time we shared away from the bright lights, and we laughed with each other, and we learned from each other". "In a way, it's the last great gift that John McCain gave America".

Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, accompanied the McCain family to the war memorial.

Bush, who defeated McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called McCain a "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order" and a "friend whom I'll deeply miss".

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At the National Cathedral, attention will no doubt focus on the addresses by Bush and Obama. John cared about the institutions of self-government, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, rule of law, separation of powers... even the archaic rules and procedures of the Senate.

In an emotional eulogy that appeared to reference the rancour and partisan bickering in Washington DC today, the late senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, mourned the passing of what she called "American greatness".

On Sunday, a private memorial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. Taking aim at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", she said McCain's America was always great.

She said: "My father was a great man". McCain corrected the woman, telling her, "No, ma'am".

The former IL senator also remembered feeling "grateful", but not surprised when McCain defended his heritage during the 2008 presidential campaign. McCain criticized Americans "from the highest income level" for that very deferment a year ago, although he did not name the president in his remarks.

Al Sharpton got a standing ovation for mocking President Trump at Aretha Franklin's star-studded funeral in Detroit on Friday.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman also spoke at the service, and in an apparent swipe at Trump, he said, "this week's celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero, I think, have taken our country above" partisan battles.

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