Barack Obama delivers eulogy for late Senator John McCain

Roberta McCain mother of Sen. John McCain attends a memorial service at the U.S. Capitol Friday

Three former presidents, members of Congress, current and former world leaders as well as family and friends gathered on September 1 for a memorial service for John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral.

Meghan McCain took the pulpit at the Washington National Cathedral, where she gave a passionate and pointed eulogy that seemingly targeted President Donald Trump, one of her father's harshest critics.

Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election, described the late Arizona Senator as "an extraordinary man, a warrior, a statesman and a patriot who "embodied much of what made America great".

"Our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult", Obama said. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for U.S. Sen.

The two men's relationship remained rocky after the real estate mogul's surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier Saturday McCain's flag-draped casket was taken by honor guard from the US Capitol and placed in a black hearse, which stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to allow his widow Cindy McCain to lay a wreath honoring all of those who died in the conflict. John called on us to be bigger than that.

Obama said in his tribute that McCain understood "that part of what makes our country great is that our membership is based not on our bloodline, not what we look like, what our last names are".

"I was grateful, but I wasn't surprised", he explained.

Her voice cracking and tears clear for all to see, The View co-host offered a moving eulogy to her father on Saturday and earned poignant applause from the former POTUS' and others in the political and cultural elite at Trump's expense.

McCain also discussed the lessons from her father's suffering.

During a service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, former vice-president Joe Biden made what some saw as a veiled reference to Mr Trump. She was accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who is Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump.

The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer.

On Friday, the senator lay in state in the US Capitol, the 31st person to be given the rare honor.

George W Bush said McCain "loved freedom with a passion".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCalifornia lawmakers pass stiffest net neutrality law in US Trump criticizes ABC/WaPo poll that found support for impeachment Trump hails unions, touts trade moves in Labor Day message MORE, with whom McCain had a contentious relationship, was not invited to the service.

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".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Should Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho?
Sep 02, 2018 - 12:35
UNITED wish they were the team everyone feared like rivals Liverpool , says former midfielder Paul Ince. He said: 'The truth is in the whole. "I feel so comfortable here now".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roxanne Pallett releases statement following Celebrity Big Brother walk-out
Sep 01, 2018 - 20:58
She has now been reunited with her fiancé and family and thanks everyone for their support during her time in the show'. Footage presented on OK! Big Brother gave the former Coronation Street star a warning over the incident.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tropical Storm Florence forms in the eastern Atlantic
Sep 01, 2018 - 20:43
The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7. It will continue to strengthen over the next few days as it continues on its path this way, but should not gain hurricane status.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States will sign trade deal with Mexico, continue Canada talks
Sep 01, 2018 - 20:23
Trump argues that Canada's hefty dairy tariffs are hurting U.S. farmers, an important political base for his Republican party. Trump isn't just negotiating with Canada; he's also trying to outmaneuver the European Union and China on trade.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump terminating NAFTA, negotiating with Canada
Sep 01, 2018 - 19:30
The U.S. -Mexico agreement stipulates a 16-year NAFTA that would be reviewed and possibly extended every six years. The White House said Mr Trump will sign the deal in 90 days. "Without Canada there can be no new "NAFTA" deal".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aretha Franklin's casket arrives ahead of funeral
Aug 31, 2018 - 22:56
Franklin, who died earlier this month at age 76, is being celebrated Friday in her hometown of Detroit , Michigan. And then there was Davidson arriving hand-in-hand with Grande, who wore a little black dress for the occasion.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Microsoft Confirms Xbox All Access 24-Month Console Financing Program
Aug 31, 2018 - 22:00
The Xbox One S plan comes out to a total of nearly $528, whereas buying all three products at retail price would cost $660. If you choose to pay with any other payment method, you'll have to cover the cost of your preferred bundle up front.

Google rebrands Tez to Google Pay in India
Aug 29, 2018 - 07:38
The biggest announcement of these was that thanks to AI-based tech, Google Go users will now be able to "listen to webpages". Navlekha has already started onboarding publishers from Delhi, and Google aims to add more from other regions in September.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkey FM: Military solution in Syria's idlib 'will cause catastrophe'
Aug 29, 2018 - 06:54
US President Donald Trump this month announced sanctions against Turkey that caused the lira to plunge in value. Cavusoglu stressed the need to keep the de-escalation zone in place "to halt any refugee influx".

Serena Williams turns heads with outfit at US Open
Aug 29, 2018 - 06:23
The wins put the sisters on a collision course, leaving them just one victory away from a third-round showdown. Willams said the tutu was actually "easy to play in" and even "aerodynamic".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump to Republican voters: 'I love Florida' and endorse Ron DeSantis
Aug 29, 2018 - 05:13
He is endorsed by President Donald Trump , Fox News host Sean Hannity, and his HFC colleague Rep. Voters are also picking the nominees for two Cabinet positions and several congressional seats.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jose Mourinho at breaking point after Spurs thrash Man Utd
Aug 29, 2018 - 03:48
This is just the second season in Premier League history that United has lost more than one of its opening three matches. Manchester United's unremarkable start to the season is now threatening to turn into a full blown crisis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Says Google Search Results Are 'Rigged' and Suppress Conservative Voices
Aug 29, 2018 - 03:30
As usual, Trump took to Twitter to make his argument. "And they have to be careful", the president said later Tuesday. The pair of morning tweets appeared to be a reprise of a post from over the weekend on conservative blog PJ Media .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 4 takeaways from the U.S.-Mexico trade deal
Aug 29, 2018 - 01:30
The costs for the United States would also be high, as America's auto sector uses parts that are manufactured in Canada . The looming deadline was precipitated by a political changing of the guard in Mexico, and mid-term elections in the US.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Cohen's lawyer admits to being source of CNN story
Aug 29, 2018 - 00:52
Davis told BuzzFeed News Monday night he regretted being the anonymous source as well as his subsequent denial. CNN, which has stood by its reporting, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.