McCamish, who remembers watching McCain on TV, said during a time when the country was divided, "he was somebody that brought together both sides".
Without naming Trump, McCain's daughter, Bush and Obama all rebuked the current president, who feuded with the late senator and mocked his military service.
Later, he told them in the eulogy, "You are a living legacy and proof of John McCain's success".
"I feel like we couldn't miss this opportunity to honor a great Naval Academy alumni and an American hero", said Brianas, who described the procession as attractive and somber - a celebration of "everything (McCain) meant to this country and what he did with his life".
And those words would prove the frame of reference for the remainder of the day. Trump repeatedly blistered President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign for golfing, telling cheering supporters that as president he'd be far too busy working for them. A clip that has now gone viral on the Internet shows Mr Bush passing a piece of candy on to Michelle Obama as they sat next to each other during the funeral service.
He also praised McCain for opposing "bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy" and as a proponent of a "free and independent press".
"John was a pretty conservative guy".
Bush said, "He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and can not be erased by dictators. He called on us to be better than that", Obama said. "America is better than this". However, the White House did eventually lower its American flag to half-staff in tribute to McCain as well as the victims in a recent shooting that occurred at a Madden video game tournament held at the Florida-based GLHF Game Bar. Trump had infamously attacked McCain's service, suggesting the veteran isn't a war hero, claiming, "I prefer people who weren't captured". Joseph Lieberman of CT, who served as both a Democrat and independent, called himself a "proud uncle" of Ms. McCain's. "It was the appropriate time to call him out", she continued.
"We just feel that he's somebody we admire", said Sam Smith, 71, a retired federal employee. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also attended.
The almost three-hour service was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life. He told host Dana Bash that the main takeaway from the past week and from McCain's life is service to a cause greater than oneself. "I think is an effort to continue in that spirit".
"Meghan is like a sister to me and this was the hardest thing she has ever been through", she said.