John McCain Asked To Be Eulogized by Obama, George W. Bush

John McCain Asked To Be Eulogized by Obama, George W. Bush

Presidents and USA politicians from both parties have honoured Senator John McCain's decades of service to his country following his death at the age of 81.

He left Washington in December previous year to spend more time with his family. The six-term Republican senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee has been away from Washington since December. Our hearts and prayers are with you!'

But for years prior, Australian prime ministers, foreign ministers, defence ministers, ambassadors, diplomats and members of our defence forces knew of Senator McCain's commitment to the US-Australia relationship, made manifest through his stewardship and influence as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ensuring other US legislators would also devote time and attention to the US-Australia relationship.

Former Vice President Al Gore described "McCain was an American hero and a true patriot".

And when he heard Trump's accommodating words toward Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two met in July in Helsinki, he could contain himself no longer.

Former presidents, including those who blocked McCain's own White House ambitions, offered emotional tributes.

Obama said they "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world". But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend.

Mr Bush was among those expected to speak at Mr McCain's funeral.

In an interview with Daily Mail TV, Palin said McCain, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, will be remembered as an America hero, even by those who didn't agree with his politics.


In 1986, he ran for the Senate seat vacated by longtime Republican Sen.

On a variety of issues - torture, immigration, campaign finance, the Iraq War - McCain was often known as the moral center of the Senate and of the Republican Party.

"He also had a wicked sense of humour and it made every tense moment come out better".

"On behalf of the people of Ireland, I extend my deepest sympathies on the death of Senator John McCain, a wise and remarkable statesman, US ally of Ireland and a proud Scots Irishman who was a champion for immigration reform in the US Senate".

"The spirit that drove him was never extinguished: we are here to commit ourselves to something bigger than ourselves", Mr Biden said. "When you hear cancer, a nuclear bomb goes off in your life".

Much turns in American politics with John McCain's passing.

The office of Barack and Michelle Obama released a statement on the death of Mr McCain, in which Mr Obama wrote that despite all their differences, they shared "a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

The senator is survived by his mother, Roberta; his wife, Cindy; two sons and a daughter from a first marriage, Douglas, Andrew and Sidney; four children from his second marriage, Meghan McCain, Jimmy McCain, Jack McCain and Bridget McCain; a brother, Joseph McCain; a sister, Jean McCain Morgan; and five grandchildren. "He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best".

During a recent appearance by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is promoting his new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and objective", the Democrat lauded Meghan's father and offered words of encouragement. "He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long", McCain continued. "He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life".

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