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McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

bY LAURIE KELLMAN//John McCain’s daughter opened his memorial service by posing her father’s legacy as a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, setting a tone that echoed the senator’s own fighting spirit as former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush eulogised him on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.
Bush and Obama, both challenged by McCain in their bids for the White House, drew on the senator’s legacy at home and abroad to talk of the nation’s values in remarks that at times seemed a clear rebuke of Trump and his brand of politics.

Obama spoke of the long talks he and McCain would have privately in the Oval Office and the senator’s understanding that America’s security and influence came not from “our ability to bend others to our will” but universal values of rule of law and human rights.

George W. Bush’s speech at John McCain’s memorial service

Former President George W. Bush eulogized Senator John McCain on Saturday at a memorial service in Washington. In 2000, Bush beat McCain in a contentious primary and became Republican nominee for president before winning the general election.

Read the full Bush speech below:

Cindy and the McCain Family, I am honored to be with you to offer my sympathies and to celebrate a great life. The nation joins your extraordinary family in grief and gratitude for John McCain.

Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant and distinctive, it is hard to think of them stilled. A man who seldom rested is laid to rest. And his absence is tangible, like the silence after a mighty roar.