Standing near McCain's flag-draped casket and with Trump's daughter in the audience, Meghan McCain delivered a broadside against the uninvited president without mentioning his name.
"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse, can seem small, and mean", said Mr. Obama. "He called on us to be better than that". McCain's motorcade arrived from the Capitol, where he laid in state overnight, and the procession made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife, Cindy, placed a wreath. "I find it contemptible that the McCain family couldn't seat them in a better, more respectable section". The President instead visited one of his golf courses in Sterling, Virginia, and tweeted on several occasions about unrelated topics, including about trade negotiations with Canada.
'The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold, ' Meghan McCain said.
The service was the last public event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession. McCain was nicknamed "McNasty" for his no-rules attitude that in-turn left him near the bottom of his graduating class, while Larson was a high-achieving naval student who scored good grades.
"My father knew pain and suffering with an intimacy and an immediacy that most of us are blessed never to have endured", McCain said.
Inside the cathedral, guests included former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, comedian Jay Leno, former senator Bob Dole and others joined together to honor McCain while a powerful pipe organ and brass ensemble played in the background. Mr. Trump had five deferments from serving in the war. "We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been".
Mr. Bush said, "One of his books ended with the words, 'And I moved on.' John has moved on". Obama defeated McCain eight years later in the general election. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country.
The almost three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual. "And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss". And it was really kind of the launching point for so many critiques of this president.
On Thursday, a memorial service was held in Phoenix and on Friday, a ceremony was held in the US Capitol, where McCain's body was lain in state. "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".
"With John, it was never feigned disagreement".
"I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson, in the cemetery on the Severn (River), back where it began", he wrote in a memoir published earlier this year.