America Has Always Been Great: John McCain's Daughter

Former President Barack Obama lauded John McCain's efforts to push the nation to rise above "mean and petty" politics in his tribute Saturday to the Arizona Republican, who served for more than three decades in the Senate.

Often fighting through tears, McCain called her father a "great warrior" but said she admired him most as a "great father".

"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. He was a great American. His daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both White House advisers, attended the service.

Henry also complained that Trump opponents like Obama claimed that McCain's funeral was "all about unity but they didn't invite President Trump, they didn't invite Sarah Palin and they made a decision to take some shots". During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr Trump - who received draft deferments during the Vietnam War - disparaged Mr McCain's prisoner of war status. On Sunday, a private service will take place at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then his body will be laid to rest in the US Naval Academy Cemetery. To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist: We are better than this.

Fighting against her grief, and sobbing, McCain's daughter said she had asked her ailing father how she should approach his eulogy before a vast national audience. "It's a politics that pretends to be fearless, but in fact is born of fear".

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.

Fox News co-host Pete Hegseth explained that he has "a lot of reverence" for McCain's service, but he argued that "no one changes their political view based on speeches in eulogies".

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. McCain on August 25 from brain cancer.

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"The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold", she said.

Those who turned out for the wreath-laying included graying veterans of that war and South Vietnamese refugees who credit McCain with helping them get out of their country.

McCain was eulogized by two former USA presidents - George W. Bush and Obama - who blocked McCain's own path to the White House. "He called on us to be better than that". John McCain made him a focus of their remarks.

Trump has sought to forge close relationships with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump and McCain's contentious relationship worsened after the self-described "maverick" voted down a bill that would have repealed large swaths of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Stevie Wonder was just one of several speakers in Detroit who, directly or indirectly, took verbal shots at Trump.

"With John, it was never feigned disagreement".

"We never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other man's patriotism - or that when all was said and done, we were on the same team", Obama said of his rough but respectful campaign battles with McCain. Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in his recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, "near where it began".

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