Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

Obama, Bush _ not Trump _ give McCain presidential farewell

McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday before a motorcade will take him the the National Cathedral on Saturday, with the former Vietnam prisoner of war passing by the Vietnam Memorial on the way.

It suddenly started to pour on an otherwise hot and sultry day as military members somberly carried his casket from a hearse into the Capitol at roughly 10:40 a.m. - only to abruptly taper off as he was carried into the building.

The flag-draped casket of Sen.

"While from very different worlds, we developed a meaningful friendship", said Fitzgerald, adding that McCain didn't judge others on their skin color, gender or bank account but on their character.

"White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special", McCain said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also spoke.

"I think he was a true hero", said Cypress resident Catherine Bhalla.

People close to the White House and McCain's family said President Donald Trump, who has mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War, has been asked to stay away from all events.

"He held fast to his faith in America through six decades of service".

They were all wearing yellow "Vietnamese Refugee Community" T-shirts with the words "We salute our hero Senator John McCain".

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"At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty, or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye", McConnell recalled. Republican and Democratic leaders stood side by side as they laid them just the way McCain wanted it. "He was like every other new father, full of love and emotion", longtime McCain family friend, Wes Gullett, said at the time. Joseph Lieberman and his daughter Meghan McCain.

Sen. John McCain is lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where only 30 Americans have had the same honor.

The Arizona Republican died Saturday at 81 and, after a funeral service in Phoenix on Thursday, his remains were transported to Washington, D.C. His coffin was placed in the center of the Rotunda on the Lincoln catafalque, the wooden platform constructed for the 16th president's casket that has been used for all of the ceremonies in the rotunda since his memorial service.

Sibyl Kalish, 59, traveled with her 89-year-old mother, Beverly, from NY and waited in the blistering heat to file past McCain's coffin.

On the way, the procession will pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain will lay a ceremonial wreath honoring those who died during the Vietnam War.

Hundreds of people paid their respects to US Sen.

Cindy McCain was the first to pay respects at her husband's casket. Despite these tensions, most leaders from both parties in coming days will show they can rise above the political fray to recognize the passing of a respected colleague. McCain was a member of the Academy's Class of 1958.

Vice President Joe Biden directed some of his remarks to his wife and children, alluding to the loss of his own son Beau Biden from glioblastoma, the same cancer McCain had. Proudest years of my life were being a United States senator.

"John's absence is all-consuming", Biden said. "We both lamented, watching it change".

Mr Trump will also miss Saturday's service at the Washington National Cathedral, where former president Barack Obama, the Democrat who defeated Senator McCain in 2008, and former Republican president George W Bush, who beat Senator McCain in their party's 2000 presidential nominating contest, will pay tribute to Senator McCain.

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