Senator John McCain was laid to rest today and daughter Meghan McCain gave a stirring and powerful eulogy in remembrance of her father.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served,” she said. “He was a great fire who burned bright. In the past few days my family and I have heard from so many of those Americans who stood in the warmth and light of his fire.”
Watch her full tribute below.
President Obama, as well as President George W. Bush also spoke.
“So much of our politics our public life, our public discourse can seem small, and mean, and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage,” Obama said. “It’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.”
Bush said “Wherever John passed throughout the world people immediately knew there was a leader in their midst.”
Even though President Trump himself was not at the funeral, the White House presence was not to be missed. Ivanka Trump attended with her husband Jared; John Bolten and James Mattis could also be seen in the crowd.
But it was this quote from Meghan that truly addressed the elephant in the room.
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great,” she said.
What an emotional and fitting tribute to a man to whom America owes a great deal of gratitude.
Godspeed Senator McCain and thank you for your service. May you find peace and healing in the afterlife.