Funeral Service For Senator John McCain | NBC News

Funeral Service For Senator John McCain | NBC News


>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT.>>I HAVE BEEN IN MY COUNTRY’S SERVICE SINCE I WAS 17 YEARS OLD. I NEITHER KNOW NOR WANT ANY OTHER LIFE. FOR I CAN FIND NO GREATER HONOR THAN SERVICE.>>REMEMBERING SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. HERE’S CHUCK TODD.>>AN OVERCAST, SOMBER MORNING IN WASHINGTON. FAMILY, FRIENDS, CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES ARE PREPARING TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO SENATOR JOHN McCAIN THIS MORNING. SHE’S ACCOMPANIED BY JIM MATTIS AND WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY. I AM CHUCK TODD. A WEEK’S WORTH OF TRIBUTES LED TO TODAY’S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE AMERICAN HERO WHO’S BEEN HONORED ALL WEEK BY MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. MORE THAN 2500 INVITED GUESTS WILL BE AT WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL FOR SENATOR McCAIN’S FUNERAL SERVICE. HIS DAUGHTER MEGAN ALONG WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AND BARACK OBAMA, BOTH RIVALS OF JOHN McCAIN. ONE LAST SHOW OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT THE SENATOR HIMSELF ARRANGED. JOINING ME, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TOM BROKAW, AND THE SENATOR’S LONG TIME AIDE AND PERSONAL FRIEND MARK FRIEND MA. WE ARE GOING TO WAIT HERE AND TAKE THIS IN WITH ALL OF YOU. COSTELLO. DO YOU WANT TO SET THE SCENE. >>WELL, IT IS KIND OF A DAMP AND DRURY DAY IN WASHINGTON D.C. I WOULD MAKE THE POINT WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED TYPICAL AMERICANS THAT ARE TURNED OUT AND QUIETLY LINING THE SIDEWALK TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND RESPECT FOR SENATOR McCAIN. YOU KNOW, AS YOU KNOW, 196 SEVEN DAYS IN CAPTIVITY, FIVE YEARS, AND FOUR MONTHS IN WHAT WAS THE DEFINING EVENT OF HIS LIFE, BUT ALSO A DEFINING SEERING MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AND THE VIETNAM WALL, AS YOU KNOW, WAS DESIGNED IN THE SHAPE OF A V, BUT ALSO AS A CUT ON THE NATIONAL MALL. THE SEERING OPEN WOUND WHICH WAS SO PAINFUL FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND HE BELIEVED, OF COURSE, IN RECONCILIATION, AND NOT ONLY IN THE RESPECT FOR THE 50,000, 58,000 AMERICANS THAT DIED, BUT ALSO IN TRYING TO COME TO RECONCILIATION TO REUNITE THE COUNTRY, AND ALSO TO REACH OUT TO VIETNAM AND REESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, WHICH HE DID. AND SO THIS IS SO POIGNANT, NOT ONLY FOR THE McCAIN FAMILY, BUT OF COURSE AS SOMEBODY WHO GREW UP DURING THAT TIME IT WAS AN OPEN FESTERING WOUND AND HE WAS ALL ABOUT RECONCILIATION. >>RIGHT. THANK YOU, TOM. MARK SALTER, SENATOR HIMSELF PLANNED THIS DAY. >>YES, HE DID. >>WHAT DID HE WANT AMERICANS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MOMENT?>>NOT ONLY THE SACRIFICE OF PEOPLE THAT FOUGHT IN THE WARS, BUT THANKED THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE, AND I THINK THAT’S KIND OF WHAT HE’S DOING AGAIN TODAY. >>YOU KNOW, TOM BROKAW, THE LAST IN THE SENATE?>>IT’S SO TRUE, I CAME FROM THAT GENERATION. AS I LOOK AT THAT FAMILY MOVING FORWARD, THE LONG LINE CONTINUES. THERE ARE THE TWO SONS, ONE IN THE ARMY, AND ONE IN THE NAVY. THE FOURTH GENERATION OF THAT FAMILY TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. AND I THINK THAT THAT’S ALSO PART OF THE ENDURING LEGACY OF WHO HE IS, TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY OF LIFE THAT DOES NOT GET ENOUGH ATTENTION. THAT’S ONE% IN UNIFORM, AND FIGHTING THE LONGEST WARS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, IN AFGHANISTAN, AND I HOPE PART OF THE TAKEAWAY FROM THIS DAY WILL BE THAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES THAT ARE BEING MADE AND HOWIEY IT IS TO GO TO WAR AND HARD TO GET OUT. >>LET’S BE FRANK, NO MEMORIAL IN THIS CITY THAT DOES MORE TO SYMBOLICALLY REPRESENT THE SACRIFICE I THINK THAN VIETNAM. >>WELL, A LOT OF THINGS, A LOT OF VETERANS DIDN’T LIKE THAT, SO THEY PUT THAT PATROL OFF TO THE SIDE LOOKING DOWN THE TRAIL. AND JIM WEBB AMONG THEM ONE OF OUR MOST DECORATED MARINES IN VIETNAM, BUT JOHN McCAIN HE WAS THE SAME KIND OF REBEL WHO SAILED AGAINST THE WINDS WHENEVER HE NEEDED TO. >>YOU KNOW, MARK SALTER, THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SERVICE TODAY THAT I FEEL LIKE SENATOR McCAIN IS GIVING US A CIVIC LESSON. >>HE IS. HE SPECIFICALLY ASKED AND I WAS THERE WHEN HE CALLED PRESIDENT OBAMA THE TWO MEN WHO DEFEATED HIM FOR THE PRESIDENCY SPEAK FOR HIM AT HIS FUNERAL BECAUSE HE WANTED TO AGAIN EMPHASIZE HIS MESSAGE, WHICH WE HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN SEPARATED. WE HAVE COMMON PROBLEMS AND WE HAVE COMMON RESPONSIBILITIES, TO SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS. AND ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THIS SERVICE WAS ORGANIZED FOR THAT PURPOSE, THAT MESSAGE. >>I HAVE AN IDEA THAT I DON’T THINK WILL FLY, BUT I THINK IT’S WORTH EXAMINING, WHICH IS THAT USE THIS OCCASION OF JOHN’S LIFE AND HIS PASSING AND FORM A COALITION, CALL IT THE McCAIN COALITION IN THE SENATE, WHICH WOULD GET REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE TO WORK ON A SPECIFIC ISSUE. ALL WEEK WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM REPUBLICANS PRAISING HIM AND GOING CRAZY IN THE BACK ROOM. AND THEN SOMEBODY SAID TO ME, BOB CARRY FORMER SENATOR FROM NEBRASKA, HE SAID IN THAT COALITION, YOU WANT TO PUT IN SOME OF THE BIG MONEY RAISERS AS WELL, KOCH BROTHERS BECAUSE THIS COULD BE AN IN FLUKE SHUN POINT IN AMERICAN POLITICS IN WHICH WE SHOULD BE REMINDED HOW WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER. >>MARK, I KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET GOING HERE. HOW HOPEFUL WAS JOHN McCAIN THAT THIS SERVICE WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF IMPACT?>>WELL, HE’S HOPEFUL WE’LL GET THROUGH OUR PRESENT DIFFICULTIES. HE WAS A HOPEFUL GUY EVEN WHEN THE ODDS WERE STACKED AGAINST HIM. HE ALWAYS HELD ONTO HOPE. AND I THINK THIS IS THE REACTION TO HIS PASSING EXCEEDED HIS EXPECTATIONS. THIS IS LIKE WE ARE BURYING A PRESIDENT.>>SAME FEELING. AND IT FEELS BIGGER LIKE THAT FEELS LIKE AN END OF AN ERA. >>HE WOULD BE SURPRISED AND VERY MOVED. >>ALL RIGHT, MARK, I KNOW YOU HAVE TO GO. >>THANKS. >>THANKS VERY MUCH. WE WANT TO STICK TO THE THEME OF SERVICE OF THIS GENERATIONS OF McCAINS. SO JOINING US FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF RETIRED ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN. THANK YOU FOR TAKING A FEW MINUTES HERE. I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FACT THAT JOHN McCAIN WAS JUST ONE OF A GENERATION OF McCAINS, ESPECIALLY THAT HAD AN IMPACT ON THE U.S. NAVY. >>WELL, I THINK AS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED WIDELY OVER THE COURSE OF RECENT WEEKS, AND PARTICULARLY THE FOCUS IN SENATOR McCAIN’S PASSING ON HIS FAMILY, AND TOM SAID IT AS WELL, THIS IS THE FOURTH GENERATION, BUT HIS FATHER AND HIS GRANDFATHER. AND WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT AND IMPACTFUL IS WHEN HE WAS A PRISONER AND HE WAS OFFERED AN EARLY RELEASE BECAUSE OF THE POSITION OF HIS FATHER WHO WAS A FOUR STAR NAVY ADMIRAL IN CHARGE OF THE ENTIRE PACIFIC T AND HE REFUSED TO TAKE THAT. AND HE, AS YOU HEARD HIM SAY TIME AND AGAIN REGULAR ORDER, AND REGULAR ORDER WAS WE SHOULD BE RELEASED IN THE ORDER WE WERE CAPTURED. SO IT’S A FAMILY OF SERVICE THAT IS ALMOST UNMATCHED. AND HOPEFULLY IN THE SERVICE OF HIS TWO SONS RIGHT NOW, THAT WILL CONTINUE. TO TOM’S POINT, THOSE WHO ARE SERVING RIGHT NOW ARE VERY, VERY SMALL MINORITY, LESS THAN 1%, AND THESE WARS WERE ARE OFTENTIMES FORGOTTEN. AND JOHN McCAIN WOULD BRING THEM TO OUR ATTENTION ROUTINELY AND REMIND US OF THE REQUIREMENT, THE SACRIFICE, AND THE CRITICAL CAPABILITIES THAT THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY BRING TO SUPPORT ITS FOUNDATION. OUR FOUNDATION AS A COUNTRY. >>WHAT IS IT GOING TO MEAN TO TH NAVAL ACADEMY TO HAVE SENATOR McCAIN LIE IN REST THERE?>>WELL, HE’S BEEN — HE’S FOCUSED ON THE NAVAL ACADEMY THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE HAD AN UP AND DOWN CAREER AS A MIDSHIPMEN, WE ALL KNOW THAT. THERE ARE OTHER MIDSHIPMEN WHO HAVE HAD THE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE THERE. HE GIVES ANYBODY WHO GRADUATES FROM THERE HOPE AND INSPIRATION. AND I HOPE TODAY SPEAKS TO MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, LEADERSHIP, BECAUSE WE GRADUATE SOME 4,000 YOUNG MEN, WE GRADUATE ABOUT 1,000 OR SO MEN OR WOMEN WHO GO INTO THE MARINE CORP. WHO REPRESENT THE BEST OF AMERICA, BEST OF OUR VALUES, WHOSE TASK WILL BE TO LEAD IN DIFFICULT TIMES. AND HE SENT THAT MESSAGE TO THEM TIME AND TIME AGAIN. SO THERE STNT A NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATE THAT ISN’T PROUD TO SAY THEY ATTENDED THE SAME INSURANCE STUG JOHN McCAIN DID. HE’S THAT SPECIAL. >>WE HAVE A FEW MINUTES HERE WITH JEFF FLAKE, SENATOR McCAIN’S PARTNER IN THE SENATE FROM ARIZONA. YOU SAID WERE YOU PROUD TO BE KNOWN AS THE OTHER SENATOR. >>YES. >>I WOULD SAY THAT’S TO THE A BAD HONOR. >>NOT AT ALL. I NEVER WANTED TO LOSE THAT MON — MONIKER, ACTUALLY. >>TAKE US TO ARIZONA. WE’VE WATCHED ON TV. WHAT’S THE OUT POURING LIKE?>>IT’S INCREDIBLE. EVERY WHERE YOU DROVE IN THE STATE, THE FREEWAYS HAD REST IN PIECES JOM. IT WAS REALLY A STATE IN MOURNING. AS THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED HE WAS ARIZONA FAVORITE ADOPTED SON. AND HE CHOSE ARIZONA, WE ARE SO FORTUNATE HE DID. AND I CAN’T TELL US WHAT IT MEANS TO THE STATE TO HAVE HIM AS REPRESENTATIVE FOR SO LONG. AND WE ARE SO EMOTIONAL TO BE AT THE STATE CAPITOL THERE AND TO SEE TRONGS OF PEOPLE LINING UP TO SEE HIM. AND THEN SEE THE PLANE TAKE OFF FOR THE LAST TIME IN ARIZONA IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. >>THAT WAS TOUGH TO WATCH. >>IT WAS. >>ACTUALLY, TO SEE EVEN AS A VIEWER ON TELEVISION. >>IT WAS. BUT ANYONE WHO KNEW JOHN KNEW HE LOVED THE STATE. HE SAID HE NEVER FOUND A HOME UNTIL HE GOT TO ARIZONA AND TO BE AT HIS RANCH WITH HIM. >>IT’S HARD TO SAY HE’S ADOPTED SON. I FEEL LIKE, IF YOU ARE SAYING WHAT’S ARIZONA LOOK LIKE, I WOULD SAY, WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE JOHN McCAIN. >>EXACTLY. HE’S QUINTESSENTIALLY ARIZONA. FOLLOWED BARRY GOLD WATER AND VERY MUCH INTO THAT ROLE. INDEPENDENT. ARIZONA. >>WHEN HE FIRST BECAME TO RUN OUT THERE, THEY WERE ASKING HIM, THEY WERE CHALLENGING HIM BECAUSE HE HAD NOT LIVED IN ARIZONA DURING HIS LIFETIME, HE SAID THE FACT THE LONGEST TIME I’VE LIVED ANYWHERE WAS HANOI IN PRISON CAMP. >>THAT COMPLETELY LAID IT TO REST FOREVER MORE. >>I AM MOVED AT WATCHING THE TEACHER JOHN McCAIN WITH THIS WEEK. AND I FEEL LIKE HE’S GIVING A CIVICS LESSON IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND I BROUGHT IT UP BEFORE. BUT THAT’S THE PART OF THIS THAT, PUT IT THIS WAY, HAD END ME EXPLAIN TO MY KIDS WHO JOHN McCAIN IS, AND WHY THIS MATTER MATTERS SO MUCH. >>YEAH. LOOK WHO WILL BE EULOGIZING HIM, WITH JOE BIDEN. I WAS STRUCK, WHEN WE WENT TO THE ROTUNDA, MY WIFE AND I WERE AT THE TROLLY, AND WASHDS THE TROLLY COME, I REMEMBER IN 2008 WHEN HE LOST THE RACE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. IT WAS SUCH A BITTER STRUGGLE AT THAT TIME. BUT WE LOOKED AT THE SUBWAY AND THERE WAS JOHN AND CINDY McCAIN, ALL ALONE, NO SECRET SERVICE, GOING TO THE INAUGURATION OF BARAC OBAMA. I THOUGHT WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY THIS IS WHERE THE VANQUISHED GOES THERE. >>IF YOU ARE STILL THERE, YOU SERVED PRESIDENTS OF BOTH PARTIES. SO YOU WORKED WITH JOHN McCAIN WHEN HE WAS MAYBE GIVEN A HARD TIME TO PRESIDENTS OF BOATS PARTIES. I GUESS MY POINT IS THERE ARE SOME SENATORS WHO THEY ACT ONE WAY WHEN THEIR PARTY IS IN POWER, AND ACT ANOTHER WAY WHEN THEIR PARTY IS IN POWER. THAT WASN’T JOHN McCAIN?>>NOT AT ALL. IN FACT, HE GAVE US A TOUGH TIME IN THE MILITARY. HE KWAS A PUGNACIOUS, DEDICATED CARING INDIVIDUAL, PASSIONATE ABOUT ACHIEVING GREATER OUTCOMES FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR MILITARY. AND SO I TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF HIM MANY TIMES. AND YOU NEEDED TO BE PREPARED. HE WAS ALWAYS — >>NEEDED TO HAVE FUN, RIGHT?>>NO, HE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO PUSH YOU. BUT I ALSO FOUND THAT TO BE A WONDERFUL PART OF THE AMERICAN PROCESS AND EXPERIENCE HERE. HE WOULD — THE OTHER THING IS HE KNEW WHAT THE LIMITS WERE. EVEN THOUGH HE WOULD PUSH AGAINST A POLICY AND PUSH THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP AGAINST THE POLICY, HE KNEW WE HAD LIMITS. AND HE WOULD OFTEN TAKE US RIGHT TO THOSE LIMITS, BUT NOT PUSH US OVER. AND HE WOULD ALWAYS MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING AND IS THERE A BETTER WAY. AND YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHERE HE STOOD ON THAT. BOTH BEFORE YOU WALKED INTO THAT CHAMBER, BUT ALSO UNDER HIS GLARING, GLARING EYE AND POINTED QUESTIONS. HE WAS JUST AN INCREDIBLY CAPABLE, FOCUSED LEADER WHO CARED ABOUT AMERICA. AND, OBVIOUSLY, WHERE HE THOUGHT WE SHOULD GO. AND YOU ALWAYS KNEW WHERE THAT STOOD. >>JEFF FLAKE, THE OTHER I THOUGHT GREAT ASPECT OF HIM AS A SENATOR IS HE LOVED TO TRY TO FIND THE NEWLY ELECTED SENATOR AND BRING THEM UNDER HIS WING. DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. AND I THINK I’VE HEARD LATELY IT WAS AMY KLOBUCHAR THAT HE WAS BRINGING INTO THE TRAVELING CLUB A LITTLE BIT. AND IT WAS — HE HAD VARIOUS EARLY BARACK OBAMA, BUT HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO GET TO KNOW AND BUILD A BRIDGE WITH EVERY NEW ELECTED SENATOR LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE. >>HE DID. FOR ME AS SOON AS I GOT TO THE SENATE IT WAS JOIN THE GANG OF EIGHT. >>IT WILL BE FUN. >>YEAH, EASY POLICY. BUT, NO, HE DID THAT. REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, DIDN’T MATTER. AND HE TRAVELED, HIS COAT TAILS WERE LEGENDARY. >>IT WAS NEVER TWO MEALS IN ONE COUNTRY, THAT WAS THE RULE. BUT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN ALIKE, HE TREATED YOU THE SAME. HE ALWAYS MADE SURE THE LOWEST RANKING SENATOR GOT TO ASK QUESTIONS. BUT THE HEAD OF STATE, HE REALLY WAS IN THAT WAY, VERY MUCH A TEACHER AND VERY MUCH CONCERNED THAT EVERYBODY BE INVOLVED. AND SO I THINK HE HAD BEEN ON THE OTHER END AS A YOUNG SENATOR YEARS BEFORE AND REMEMBERED WHAT IT WAS LIKE. SO EVERY SENATOR, THAT’S WHY YOU SEE SO MANY HERE. >>CASEY HUNT ON CAPITOL HILL FOR US THIS MORNING. CASEY, I WAS THINKING, SENATOR FLAKE JUST ALLUDED TO IT, IN MANY WAYS I THINK JOHN McCAIN CERTAINLY THE LAST FEW YEARS THOUGHT TO HIM AS THE SENATE’S TEACHER, HOW TO BE A SENATOR, JOHN McCAIN WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO BE A SENATOR. WHO IS GOING TO DO THAT NOW? WHO IS THE NEXT PROFESSOR TO TEACH YOU HOW TO BE A SENATOR LIKE JOHN McCAIN?>>I’M NOT SURE THERE IS A GOOD ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. AND THAT THIS MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A FUNERAL FOR CIVILITY AND FOR THAT KIND OF POLITICS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. HE WAS REALLY PERHAPS THE LAST LION. AND WE’LL SEE IF ANY ONE STEPS UP TO TAKE THAT PLACE. IT’S SIMPLY NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME HERE AT THE CAPITOL WITHOUT HIM. AND IT HASN’T BEEN BECAUSE WE OBVIOUSLY LOST HIM FROM THE HALLWAYS MONTHS AGO AS HE BATTLED BRAIN CANCER. BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU HAD HAD SORT OF HIS MORAL VOICE. AND WHEN YOU THINK BACK TO WHAT HE KNEW AND FINAL MONTHS OF HIS LIFE, HE IS MAKING A STATEMENT WHETHER IT’S THE SPEECH HE GAVE ABOUT SPURIOUS NATIONALISM AND ESSENTIALLY THE HOUSE, THE WESTERN WORLD THAT AMERICA BUILT AND HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR US TO CONTINUE TO LEAD IN THAT CONTEXT, TO THE WAY THAT HE HAS LAID OUT THESE FUNERAL PROCEEDINGS. IT IS ALL A STATEMENT ABOUT THE BIGNESS OF AMERICA. THIS WAS A MAN WHO BELIEVED IN AMERICA MORE THAN PERHAPS ANY OF US EVER COULD, WHO GAVE SO MUCH TO THE COUNTRY. AND I THINK THAT TOM BROKAW ALLUDED TO THIS HE GAVE SO MUCH WHEN HE WAS IN PRISON IN HANOI. AND SENATOR FLAKE KNOWS THIS BETTER THAN ANYBODY, IT IS VERY, VERY HARD TO BE THE PERSON THAT STANDS OUT AND CRITICIZES THIS ADMINISTRATION, IF YOU REMEMBER, A MEMBER OF HIS PARTY DID THAT. AND I’M NOT SURE WHO IS GOING TO CONTINUE. CHUCK. >>WHAT’S BEEN THE STAFFER MOOD? I HAVE TO THINK THAT AS MUCH AS WE HAVE SEEN, WE CERTAINLY GOTTEN A LOT OF REACTIONS FROM SENATORS. FROM JOHN McCAIN WAS THE TYPE OF GUY WHO HAD TIME FOR EVERYBODY, SO EVERYBODY HAD AMOK CANE STORY, EVERYBODY KNEW HIM, PRESS, STAFF. SO WHAT KIND OF GUT PUNCH HAS THIS BEEN TO EVERY DAY STAFFERS OF CAPITOL?>>YOU KNOW, CHUCK, THAT’S A GOOD POINT. IT’S GONE BACK AND FORTH ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE THIS WEEK BETWEEN THE CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE AND THE MORNING OF THE END. AND I THINK FOR PEOPLE WHO COME AND WORK HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, THIS IS NOT A PLACE YOU COME TO WORK IF YOU WANT TO GET RICH. THIS IS A PLACE THAT YOU COME TO WORK IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AND JOHN McCAIN REALLY SHOWED THAT COMING AND WORKING HERE AS PART OF THIS CONGRESS WAS A NOBLE ENDEAVOR THAT REALLY COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. AND IT SPEAKS TO THAT SAME IDEA OF BIGNESS VERSUS SMALLNESS. AND I THINK THE QUESTION AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLES, STAFFERS, REALLY FEEL, IS THIS PLACE WHERE I AM NOW, DOES IT STILL MATTER THE WAY THAT I THOUGHT THAT IT DID. AND I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE’LL HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH IN THE DAYS TO COME. BECAUSE, QUITE FRANKLY, EVEN IN HIS DEATH THERE HAS BEEN SKRAB ELSE TO RENAME THE RUSSELL OFFICE BUILDING. SO HOPEFULLY THE TAKEAWAY FROM THIS IS WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE JOHN McCAIN. BUT PERHAPS IT’S JUST GOING TO BE THE END OF THAT. >>I’M GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE OPTIMISTIC THAN THAT, BUT I TAKE YOUR POINT HERE. I AM STUNNED THAT THE SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, BECAUSE SOMEONE POINTED OUT, NOBODY WOULD LOVE MORE THAN TO HAVE THE WORDS McCAIN SOB AS THEIR ADDRESS. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL THING TO DO. IT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE WOULD LOVE. ANYWAY, CASEY. >>EXACTLY. BRIEFLY, CHUCK, HIS OFFICE WAS THERE. THAT’S WHERE HE USED TO COME DOWNSTAIRS. I REMEMBER ONCE HE TOLD ME, HE WALKED UP STRAIGHT TO THE CAMERA, YOU ARE THE WORST CORRESPONDENT, SAID IT WITH A SMILE, THAT IS THE QUOTE SOB IN THE BUILDING WE WANT TO SEE. >>ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU, CASEY. I HAVE MICHAEL NBC NEWS PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN. AND BOB CARRY, A SENATOR. >>HI CHUCK. >>NICE TO SEE YOU. >>AND, ACTUALLY, SENATOR KERRY LET ME START WITH YOU, BECAUSE THIS IS THE LAST PERSON LEAVING THE SENATE. AND YOU GUYS WERE A GREAT BIPARTISAN BOND IN THE ’90s. WHEN YOU HAD TO FIX SOME PROBLEMS, VIETNAM VETERANS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE GOT TOGETHER. EXPLAIN THAT BOND. EXPLAIN HOW YOU GUYS WERE ABLE TO USE THAT TO CUT ACROSS PARTISANSHIP. >>IT WASN’T JUST VIETNAM. >>PUBLIC SERVICE GUY. >>YEAH. BUT I THINK THE VIETNAM GUYS TODAY, MOST OF US, THERE WERE SOME EXCEPTIONS, WAS THE DECISION TO BEGIN THE NORMALIZATION PROCESS WHICH ACTUALLY BEGAN UNDER THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH AND COMPLETED UNDER CLINTON. IT WAS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT EXTENDED OVER TWO PRESIDENT SZ. AND UNFORTUNATELY THE STORY DOESN’T GET TOLD MUCH. >>AND JOHN WHO IS IN MY VIEW IT’S ACCURATE TO CALL HIM A HERO’S HERO, STAFFERS, THEY HAVE SOMEONE TO ADMIRE. THEY WANT TO SAY I WANT TO BE LIKE JOHN McCAIN. WHEN YOU SAY JOHN SOB, JOHN COULD BE AN SOB, BUT HE WAS AN SOB IN SERVICE DUTY EYE HONOR COUNTRY. THAT WAS IT AT ALL TIMES. AND VIETNAM WAS HARD ON HIM. IT WAS A DIFFICULT PROCESS BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN A PRISONER, HE WAS ATTACKED MORE THAN THEY WERE, BECAUSE THEY CALLED HIM A TRAITOR TO THE PRISONER OF WAR ISSUE SOCHLT WHEN YOU ARE FIGHTING A BATTLE LIKE THAT TEND TO BRING YOU TOGETHER. >>MICHAEL, THIS WEEK FELT LIKE WE’VE BEEN BURYING A PRESIDENT. >>ABSOLUTELY. IT’S HARD TO KEEP REMINDING MYSELF EVEN THIS MORNING THIS IS NOT A PRESIDENT, ALTHOUGH SOMEONE REALLY OF PRESIDENTIAL LEVEL. >>BUT I GUESS MY FEELING IS THE REASON WHY WE ARE ALL FEELING AS IF THIS IS A WORTHY SENDOFF IS THAT THIS FEELS LIKE AN END OF AN ERA, NOT JUST THAT THIS IS A POLITICS THAT SOME PEOPLE WISH WE COULD BRING BACK. AND THERE IS A WORRY THAT THIS MAY PUT A PERIOD ON THE END OF A SENTENCE. >>IT MIGHT WELL DO THAT. JOE BIDEN IN HIS SPEECH SAID THEY SHOULD STOP SITTING ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE IT DIDN’T LOOK GOOD. THAT’S ALMOST A BORDER BETWEEN THE OLD WAY AND NEW WAY AND THE NEW WAY IS NOT THAT GOOD. >>SENATOR McCAIN IS APPROACHING HERE AT NATIONAL CATHEDRAL NOW AND THE FAMILY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS MOMENT. BOB KERRY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SENATE TODAY, DO YOU THROW STUFF AT THE TV? WHAT DO YOU DO? HOW DO YOU FEEL?>>WELL, THEY HAVE A TENDENCY TO BECOME THE OLDER YOU GET, AND I’VE GOTTEN OLD, TO BECOME AN OLD FAR. >>IN MY DAY. >>EXACTLY. AND I THINK YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE INSPIRED BY JOHN McCAIN. >>I DON’T THINK IT’S AN ENDS OF AN ERA. CERTAINLY THE LAST VIETNAM VETERAN. GENERATIONAL CHANGE. BUT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED HIM. THEY’LL BE INSPIRED. MY GUESS IS YOU’LL BE INTERVIEWING NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE INSPIRED BY McCAIN AND GOING TO BEHAVE LIKE McCAIN AS A CONSEQUENCE. >>RIGHT. THERE IS A SENSE IN THE SAME WAY OTHERS INSPIRED LATER IN LIFE, OTHER SENATORS, HUE BURT HUMPHREY, DISLOCATION SIDE OF THE AISLE. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>ONE OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS THAT CONGRESS DOES IS AUTHORIZE THE WAGING OF WAR. AND THIS IS THE END OF THE TIME IN WHICH WE’VE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAD THE KIND OF EXPERT THAT YOU HAD THAT JOHN McCAIN HAD TO BRING TO BEAR ON THOSE ISSUES. >>YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE COME INTO CONGRESS THAT HAVE BEEN AT WAR 16, 17 YEARS, SO IN MANY WAYS IT’S WORST THANL WHAT JOHN McCAIN DID. >>YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HOW VIETNAM HOW BADLY IT WAS WAGED FROM THE BEGINNING AND HOW UNPOPULAR IT WAS. >>THAT’S TRUE. >>AND HOW CONGRESS WAS ACCESSORY. THAT’S THE KIND OF EX-HE PER ENS THAT IT’S A SHAME WE’LL LOSE. >>IT’S TRUE. I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET INSPIRING GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE COME NOOG CONGRESS IN THIS NEXT TERM. AND I THINK MANY WILL BE INSPIRED BY HIS IDEAS. THE TIMING COULDN’T BE BETTER IN TERMS OF HAVING AN IMPACT ON THE WAY CONGRESS BEHAVES. >>LET’S BE FRANK HERE, JOHN McCAIN NEW TIMING MATTERED. >>SURE. >>HE PLANNED IT PRETTY GOOD. >>ALMOST AS GOOD AS DAVID BOWIE. >>HE CLEARLY KNEW THE MOMENT THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. AND THAT THIS — HE HAS NO PROBLEM USING THIS MOMENT. >>EVERYTHING WE SEE TODAY. EVERYONE WATCHING THIS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES WHAT IS JOHN McCAIN TRYING TO TELL US BY CHOOSING THIS HISM OR THIS PART OF THE RITUAL. >>THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, IT IS A PLACE THAT WE’VE MOURN A LOT AS A COUNTRY. AND EVERY TIME WE ARE HERE IT’S STILL — IT’S STILL ALWAYS AWE INSPIRING. >>YOU COULD WRITE HISTORY OF AMERICA JUST BY WRITING ABOUT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. AND THE IDEA WAS IT BEGAN BEING BUILT, IT TOOK ABOUT 60 YEARS TO GET BUILT, BUT EARLY IN THE 20th CENTURY THE PEOPLE WHO DID IT THE IDEA WAS THIS WOULD BE THE AMERICAN WEST MINISTER ABBY THAT PRESIDENTS WOULD HAVE THEIR SERVICES HERE. MAYBE THEY WOULD BE BURIED HERE. AS IT HAPPENS WOODROW WILSON WAS BURIED HERE. OTHERS WERE NOT. AND, ACTUALLY, FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WHO WANTED TO BE BURIED AT HYDE PARK WHERE HE LIVED HIS FAMILY ESTATE, WHEN HE SAW THE DEAN OF THE WASHINGTON CATHEDRAL COMING TOWARD HIM HE FIGURED THAT THE DEAN WAS ONCE AGAIN GOING TO SAY WHY DON’T YOU HAVE YOURSELF BURIED WHEN THE TIME COMES RIGHT HERE IN THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, HE SAID I DON’T WANT TO TALK TO THE BODY SNATCHER. >>I’M GOING TO WALK AWAY FEELING STUPID. >>YOU’LL AT LEAST WALK AWAY FEELING A LITTLE BIT SMARTER. IT IS A WHO IS WHO IN THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. YOU’VE SEEN SOME FOLKS IN THERE. THERE IS AMBASSADOR HUNTSMAN. IVANKA TRUMP IS HERE PAYING RESPECTS. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW SENATORS HERE. >>YEAH. >>IF SOMEONE HAD A BAD THING TO SAY ABOUT HIM, YOU WON’T HERE IT. >>YOU WON’T HEAR IT TODAY. >>I HOPE SO. NOT ANY TWITTER FEEDS OR ANYTHING. ADMIRAL MULLEN, THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING LAWMAKERS THAT HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY, YOU KNOW, IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING I WAS BROUGHT UP WHERE I REMEMBER MY FATHER SAYING IT WAS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HIM TO KNOW THAT THERE WERE WORLD WAR II VETERANS THAT UNDERSTOOD THE PAIN OF WAR, THE COST OF WAR. AND I REMEMBER HIM BEING GLAD IF SOVIET LEADERS WERE WORLD WAR II VETERANS THEY ALL UNDERSTOOD THE COST OF WAR AND THEY WOULDN’T RUSH INTO IT. >>WELL, IT’S A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT, CHUCK. AND WE ARE, I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S AN ALL-TIME LOW, BUT CERTAINLY POST WORLD WAR II THROUGH THE VIETNAM ERA WHERE WE HAD 60 TO 70% OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN CONGRESS WHO SERVED IN OUR MILITARY AND HAD THAT BACKGROUND THAT COULD VEN THEN GET YOU TO THE BEST DECISION WITH RESPECT TO GOING TO WAR, WHICH IS THE MOST SERIOUS DECISION I THINK WE MAKE AS A COUNTRY. AND NOW WE ARE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS, I THINK, ALTHOUGH I THINK AS SENATOR KERRY SAID WE HAVE EXPECTATIONS THIS YEAR THAT THERE WILL BE A BUNCH OF VETERANS VOTED INTO CONGRESS. I’M ACTUALLY WORKING WITH SOME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND PART OF THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THEY DO — THEY HAVE SEEN THE WORLD. THEY HAVE MADE TOUGH DECISIONS. THEY HAVE LED IN TOUGH PLACES AND WILLING TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE AND PUT THE PARTISANSHIP BEHIND THEM AS BEST THEY CAN. AND THAT’S WHAT I HOPE THIS MOMENT IS ABOUT. I THINK IT’S BEEN SAID THAT THIS IS THE END OF AN ERA. I ACTUALLY HOPE IT’S THE BEGINNING OF AN ERA OF HOPE. BECAUSE WHAT SENATOR McCAIN REPRESENTED WAS LEADERSHIP AND RECONCILIATION. WHETHER IT WAS WITH HIS ENEMIES OR WITH THE COUNTRY WE WENT TO WAR WITH OR WITH HIS COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, TO DO THINGS BETTER FOR THE COUNTRY. AND I HOPE THAT MESSAGE IS WHAT GETS PICKED UP HERE, AND LEADERS WILL START TO SPEAK OUT IN THAT REGARD AND REPRESENT HIM IN MOVING US FORWARD FROM THIS POSITION THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. AND, AGAIN, MORE VETERANS WILL BE COMING INTO CONGRESS, AND I THINK OVER TIME WE’LL SEE THEM MAKE THE KIND OF DIFFERENCE. AND SOMEONE, SOME GROUP WILL STEP UP TO REPRESENT ALL THAT AMERICA IS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN BOTH PEACE AND WAR.>>LET ME GO TO HALLY JACKSON OUR CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT. IT’S OBVIOUSLY BEEN PA AWKWARD WEEK AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SORT OF PLAYED AN ODD ROLE IN ALL OF THIS THIS WEEK. WHAT’S BEEN THE MOOD OF WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS? FORGET THE PRESIDENT, OF WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS THIS WEEK WITH THE LOSS OF JOHN McCAIN?>>Reporter: AS FAR AS THEIR RESPONSE, CHUCK, TO THE PRESIDENT, SEEMS TO BE RUE FULL RESIGNATION AS FAR AS THEIR RESPONSE TO THE DEATH OF JOHN McCAIN, SADNESS AND GRIEVE. SOME OF THESE STAFFERS WORKED WITH JOHN McCAIN OUTSIDE OF THE PRESIDENT’S ADMINISTRATION PRIOR TO JOINING IN. AND WE KNOW SARAH SANDERS AND CHIEF OF STAFF JON KELLY WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO BE ABLE TO BE MORE RESPECTFUL IN HIS RESPONSE. HAD PUSHED THE PRESIDENT TO, FOR EXAMPLE, LOWER THOSE FLAGS, THAT FLAG ABOVE THE WHITE HOUSE BACK DOWN TO HALF STAFF AFTER THE PRESIDENT HAD IT RAISED. WE UNDERSTAND THE WHITE HOUSE IS VERY AWARE OF THE EVENTS HAPPENING THIS MORNING. AND I WAS TOLD BY ONE OFFICIAL THEY WANTED TO DO EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE BEING RESPECTFUL OF THIS MOMENT. WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER IVANKA TRUMP IS INSIDE WITH HER HUSBAND, WITH KELLY WHO STEPPED INTO THE ROLE IN THE SENATE AFTER JOE LEFT THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT IS HERE BUT HE’S AT THE WHITE HOUSE. HE’S BEEN TWEETING NOT ABOUT SENATOR McCAIN BUT ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE CLOSE WITH THE SENATOR AND REFLECTING ON HIS LIFE AND LEGACY, HERE ARE TWO WORDS HE DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR TODAY, DONALD TRUMP. THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT JOHN McCAIN, WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE CIVILITY. IT’S SO STRIKING TO SEE THE BIPARTISAN ON THE FLOOR OF THE CATHEDRAL, CHUCK. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TALKING WITH EACH OTHER. AND, FRANKLY, THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU SEE EVERY DAY IN WASHINGTON. >>THANK YOU. I’M SORRY FOR THE STAFFERS WHO ARE MOURNING JOHN McCAIN BECAUSE THEY MAY HAVE WORKED ON HIS CAMPAIGN. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE. AND WHEN WE COME BACK, THE FORMAL SERVICES WILL BE GETTING UNDERWAY. New LISTERINE® Sensitivity gives you lasting protection
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BECAUSE I THINK ONE RESULT OF THIS WHOLE WEEK, AND EVEN A WEEK FOR A PRESIDENT IS A RELATIVELY NEW DEVELOPMENT. ABRAHAM LINCOLN TOOK A WEEK IN 1865. BUT THE MODERN ERA IS RONALD REAGAN ONE WEEK AFTER HE DIED IN JUNE OF 2004. SINCE THEN, IT’S BECOME ALMOST THE CUSTOM WHEN A PRESIDENT PASSES, CARRIED ON BY GERALD FORD TWO YEARS LATER, YOU HAVE THE WEEK, AND THAT’S PORTRAYING SOME IDEAS. BUT IN THIS HUGE DIVISION TODAY WITH DONALD TRUMP WITH WHOM JOHN McCAIN THERE WAS SUCH CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM, THIS IS A WEEK THAT JOHN McCAIN IS NOT ONLY TRYING TO, TO THE EXTENT HE PLANNED THIS, EFFECT HIS PLACE IN HISTORY, BUT ALSO EFFECT THE POLITICS OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS. AND IF THE RESULT IS THAT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS WHEN A POLITICIAN THAT DOES SOMETHING THAT’S DIVISIVE, THEY WILL SAY THAT’S NOT WHAT JOHN McCAIN WOULD HAVE DONE. >>THEY HAVE TWO PEOPLE THAT DEFEATED HIM EULOGIZING HIM. YOU HAVE MRS. OBAMA WALKING IN NOW. BUT TO ALLOW YOUR, YOU KNOW, TO ALLOW YOUR OPPONENT THAT MOMENT OF, OKAY, YOU KNOW, OF FORGIVENESS, OF GETTING OVER IT, WHAT’S THAT LIKE?>>WELL, I MEAN, NEVER COMPLETELY GET OVER IT. BECAUSE YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE MISTAKES YOU MADE AND THINGS. BUT JOHN WAS RUNNING AGAINST FORCES WAY BEYOND HIS CONTROL. THE PRESIDENT WAS UNPOPULAR. THE ECONOMY WAS IN THE TOILET. SO HE HAD PLENTY OF REASONS TO UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS NOT ABLE TO GET ACROSS THE LINE. >>LOOK, I THINK IT WAS HARD FOR HIM TO GET OVER IT. COME BACK TO THE SENATE IS NEVER EASY. BUT HE CAME BACK AND BEHAVED SPECTACULARLY. AND THEN, I’LL SAY IT AGAIN, WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, WHEN HE WAS IN THE SENATE DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, TO SAY McCAIN SOB IN THE SAME SENTENCE. >>APPARENTLY HE QUOTED HARRY TRUMAN, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WRITE ME A LETTER AND SAY SOB. BUT WHEN YOU THINK OF THE HARRY TRUMAN PERSONALITY, I THINK McCAIN AND HIM HAD THE SAME SIMILARITY. >>AND WERE YOU TALKING ABOUT GETTING OVER A PRESIDENTIAL LOSS, WALTER MONDALE, WHEN HE LOST IN 1984 TO RONALD REAGAN CALLED UP GEORGE McGOVERN, LOST TO NIXON YEARS EARLIER AND SAID WHEN DOES IT STOP HURTING? AND McGOVERN 12 YEARS LATER SAYS I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT DOES. ONE NEVER GETS OVER THIS AND JOHN McCAIN DID IT AS VALIANTLY AS ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE I CAN THINK OF. >>BUT HE ALSO HAD FOUR STAR ADMIRALS, HE BELIEVED IN SERVICE AND CONTINUING ON. HE WOULD NEVER GUY WHO SAID I LOST I AM GOING TO QUIT. >>AND HE IS SOMEONE LIKE WHEN YOU GO THROUGH HANOI HILTON, AND DEVASTATE ANYONE ELSE. >>THE FAMILIES COMING OUT NOW. I BELIEVE THEY’LL BE ACCOMPANYING THE SENATOR. THE PAULBEARERS. WARREN BEATTY, A RELATIONSHIP HE STRUCK UP DURING THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. JOE BIDEN. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. FORMER SECRETARY DAVIS, LONG-TERM POLITICAL AIDE. A FRIEND STEVEN DART. ALSO, A LONG TIME FRIEND AND AID TO SENATOR McCAIN. SO WE WILL SIT BACK AND TAKE THIS IN WITH YOU.>>>DEAR FRIENDS, GIVE YOUR BURDENS AND I’LL GIVE YOU REST. LET US PRAY FOR OUR BROTHER JOHN, THAT HE MAY REST FROM HIS LABORS, AND ENTER INTO THE LIGHT OF GOD’S ETERNAL SABBATH REST. WE FACE IN JESUS CHRIST, WE RECEIVE THE BODY OF OUR BROTHER JOHN FOR BURIAL. LET US PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE TO GOD, THE GIVER OF LIFE, THAT GOD WILL RAISE HIM TO PERFECTION IN THE COMPANY OF THE SAINTS. DELIVER YOUR SERVANT JOHN SOVEREIGN LORD CHRIST FROM ALL EVIL. SET HIM FREE FROM EVERY BOND. THAT HE MAY REST WITH ALL YOUR SAINTS IN THE ETERNAL HABITATION WHERE WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU LIVE AND REIGN ONE GOD FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN. LET US ALSO PRAY FOR ALL WHO MOURN, THAT THEY MAY CAST THEIR CARE ON GOD, AND KNOW THE CONSOLATION OF HIS LOVE. ALMIGHTY GOD, LOOK WITH PITY ON YOUR SORROWS FOR WHOM WE PRAY. REMEMBER THEM GRACIOUS GOD IN MERCY, NOURISH THEM WITH PATIENCE, COMFORT WITH THE SENSE OF YOUR GOODNESS, LIFT UP YOUR CONFIDENCE UPON THEM, AND GIVE THEM PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.>>>YOU CAN SEE THERE THE FAMILY ACCOMPANYING SENATOR McCAIN. THEY ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE CATHEDRAL HERE. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE PRECISION OF MILITARY HONORS. >>ABSOLUTELY. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I ALMOST HATE TO SAY IT, CHUCK, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING UNIFYING NATIONAL EVENTS WE HAVE IS THE FUNERAL OF AN ADMIRED LEADER. AND THAT HAS ACTUALLY HEALED IN MANY CASES, NOT OF FUNERALS, BUT IN THIS CATHEDRAL, AS YOU REMEMBER AFTER 9/11, THERE WAS A SERVICE WITH FORMER PRESIDENTS AND OTHERS. CLINTON AND GORE, WHO YOU MENTIONED WHO HAVE JUST ARRIVED HERE FOR THIS SERVICE, THEY HAD BEEN ESTRANGED, THIS BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. PRESIDENT’S KENNEDY IN IN 1963, PRESIDENTS TRUMAN HAD NOT TALKED TO EACH OTHER. THEY BURIED THE HATCHET AND HAD A DRINK TOGETHER. >>MY FIRST MEMORY OF TELEVISION WAS HUMPHREY. THE COUNTRY NEEDS SHARED EXPERIENCES. WE ARE SO FRACTURED AND FOR THOUSANDS OF REASONS. BUT HAVING A SHARED MOMENT LIKE THIS, AN AMERICAN MOMENT. >>YEAH. LOOK, BUT IT IS SHARED GRIEF. I MISS HIM. I’D LIKE HIM TO — >>I HAVE TO DO A SHOW TOMORROW WITHOUT JOHN McCAIN. I’M SORRY. >>YOUR MOST FREQUENT GUEST. >>YES. >>BUT IT IS A GREAT AMERICAN STORY. THE McCAIN STORY, THE WHOLE FAMILY, IT’S A GREAT AMERICAN STORY. >>WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II. >>VIETNAM. >>BUT IF THAT FAMILY’S STORY AND THE GRIEF YOU FEEL AT HIS LOSS TODAY DOESN’T MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT BEING AN AMERICAN, IT’S TIME TO GET UP. >>I WAS GOING TO SAY, ADMIRAL MULLEN, I’M FEELING THIS SENSE OF PRIDE JUST WATCHING THESE MOMENTS RIGHT NOW. I IMAGINE YOU MUST BE WELLING UP YOURSELF. >>YEAH, IT’S A VERY, VERY HARD MOMENT, VERY POIGNANT MOMENT, AND VERY SPECIAL MOMENT. OF THOSE WHO ARE THERE, AND WE HAVEN’T TALKED A LOT ABOUT THEM, WHO ALSO MOURN HIM AND LOVE HIM AND REALLY ARE HURTING BECAUSE OF THE LOSS, IT’S MANY OF OUR ALLIES, JUNKETS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, THOSE WEREN’T JUST JUNKETS, HE BASICALLY REPRESENTED AMERICA GLOBALLY AND HAD A HUGE IMPACT THERE AS WELL. SO IT’S A UNIVERSAL GLOBAL LOSS THAT WE FEEL TODAY FOR EVERYBODY THAT EVERY KNEW SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. >>HE WAS AN AMBASSADOR FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM, HE REALLY WAS. >>SOMETIMES FIGURES IN HISTORY CAN HAVE AS MUCH OR MORE IMPACT IN DEATH THAN THEY DID IN LIFE. AND IF THIS WEEK HELPS PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT JOHN McCAIN STOOD FOR, THE WAY HE PRACTICED POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD, HIS HOPES FOR DEMOCRACY AT THAT TIME A TIME WHEN DEMOCRACY IS UNDERCHALLENGED IN AN AWFUL LOT OF PLACES, THIS COULD BE SOMETHING THAT HAS A VERY POSITIVE EFFECT. >>I TAKE IT TRAVELING OVERSEAS WITH JOHN McCAIN COULD BE FUN, TOO?>>THAT’S ONE WAY OF DESCRIBING IT. AND I HOPE BOB WILL TELL THE MOST INTERESTING STORIES. >>NO, I WON’T TELL THEM ALL. >>NEVER ON THE RECORD. >>NO ONE IS LISTENING. >>AGAIN, THIS GRIEVING, I MEAN, THE GRIEVING IN VIETNAM, FOR GOSH SAKES. >>CAPTORS WERE MOURNING. >>YES. AND IN MANY WAYS MAKING PEACE IS HARDER THAN MAKING WAR. AND JOHN WAS A PART OF AN EFFORT TO MAKE PEACE WITH FORMER ENEMY. IT WAS NOT EASY TO DO. AND PRODUCED A WONDERFUL RESULT.>>IF WE CAN DO THAT IN VIETNAM, I THINK THE TWO PARTIES CAN COME TOGETHER EVERY NOW AND THEN. >>RIGHT. >>EVERY NOW AND THEN. >>AND WHAT IS THE LESSON HE’S TRYING TO CONVEY BY CHOOSING OBAMA AND GEORGE W. BUSH, THE TWO GUYS WHO DEFEATED HIM?>>EN BOTH GUSZ IN THE BIGGEST TERMS JOHN McCAIN WAS BIGGEST THORN WHERE HE FLIRTED WITH EVEN CHANGING PARTIES, TO BARACK OBAMA THE FIRST FOUR YEARS. >>BUT HE STILL WORKED FOR THEM.>>AND HE IS TRYING TO SEND TS MESSAGE WE FOUGHT EACH OTHER TOOTH AND NAIL BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE A RELATIONSHIP. >>LET ME INTRODUCE THE UNPLEASANT MOMENT, IT WASN’T THAT THEY WORKED WITH THEM, THEY WORKED WITH HIM. THEY CHOSE THE FACT EVEN THEY WERE CRITICIZING THEM AND DEBATING. THEY STILL SAW HIM AS AN IMPORTANT ALLY. >>DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA AND CARTER THERE, IT’S A HISTORY OF LAST 25 YEARS OF AMERICAN POLITICS IN THIS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. >>YOU COULD BEGIN A NOVEL WITH THIS SCENE AND BEGIN TO DESCRIBE ALL THESE PEOPLE HOW THEY RELATE TO ONE ANOTHER AND ESPECIALLY HOW THEY RELATED TO JOHN McCAIN.>>ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT?>>MAYBE I’LL BE INSPIRED THIS MORNING. MAYBE WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER.>>WE ARE WAITING HERE FOR THE FAMILY. THEY ARE VERY PRECISE. THERE IS HENRY KISSINGER SITTING RIGHT BEHIND CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY. GO ON DOWN THE LINE. LINDSEY GRAHAM. >>AND TALKING ABOUT TALES, THEY HAD THE FAMOUS DINNER FOR POW. JOHN McCAIN WAS THERE AS A STAR.>>I’M GOING TO PAUSE FOR A MINUTE WHILE SOME STATIONS JOIN OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF SENATOR McCAIN’S FUNERAL.>>WE ARE JUST MOMENTS AWAY WITH SENATOR McCAIN AND THE FAMILY ABOUT TO ENTER NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. IT IS QUITE THE SERVICE. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM MEGHAN McCAIN AND JAMES McCAIN. ALSO HEAR OF COURSE FROM BOTH FORMER PRESIDENTS BUSH AND OBAMA. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM FORMER SENATORS AND CURRENT SENATORS, LONG-TERM FRIENDS OF HIS. IT’S A WHOSE WHO OF PAULBEARERS. HE COLLECTED AN ECLECTIC GROUP OF FRIENDS AND ALLIES, BOB KERREY. >>HE DID. I MEAN WARREN BEATTY HE IS SITTING THERE. YOU WOULD THINK WARREN BEATTY, YET WHEN YOU THINK OF THE MOVIE HE DID, “BULL WORTH,” JOHN McCAIN COULD BE BULL WORTH EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. >>AND I’M SURE HE THOUGHT OF THAT, TOO. >>MR. AND MRS. BUSH.>>I LOVE IT THAT THE COMMUNITY YOU SPOKE OF AFTER 9/11 WAS MANAGING TO BRING AL GORE AND BILL CLINTON BACK TOGETHER. I WAS SITTING — >>FOR THOSE JUST JOINING US, THEY LAID A WREATH AT THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL. SHE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY. A MOVING TRIBUTE AS SENATOR McCAIN MADE HIS WAY FROM THE CAPITOL TO THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL, AND NOW AT THE DOORS HERE AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL.>>AND I THINK WE SAW A FORMER VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY. THIS IS SOMEONE IN THE GEORGE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FELT STRONGLY ABOUT ENHANCE DS INTERROGATION. JOHN McCAIN FOUGHT BACK STRENUOUSLY. >>THERE IS PROBABLY NOT A PERSON IN THIS ROOM THAT HE DIDN’T HAVE AN ARGUMENT WITH. AND YET DIDN’T WALK AWAY ALSO PROBABLY SHAKING HANDS AT THE END OF THAT ARGUMENT. >>WITH JOHN YOU DIDN’T HAVE AN ARGUMENT. YOU ALWAYS HAD AN ARGUMENT THAT WAS QUALIFIED WITH A CAL OR FULL ADJECTIVE. >>FIRST TIME I MET HIM HE CALLED ME — AND HE DIDN’T KNOW ME YET. AND I LIVED UP TO IT PROBABLY. >>YOU TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER, BUT FOR AN AUDIENCE WATCHING THIS NOT IN WASHINGTON, A LOT OF THINGS YOU HEAR ABOUT WASHINGTON, IT’S A SWAMP, BROKEN. THE YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN THE SENATE OFFICES, WORKING IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND ALL THESE AGENCIES, THEY ARE GOING TO BE INSPIRED BY THIS. AND IN MANY WAYS WE GET A LOT BETTER GOVERNMENT THAN WE DESERVE GIVEN OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING. AND IT’S NOT EASE YIET. YOU TALK ABOUT ARGUMENT, IT’S NOT EASY TO RESOLVE A CONFLICT. >>I TELL PEOPLE THIS ALL THE TIME. I SPENT 20 YEARS INTERVIEWING EVERY PERSON RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WITH A PREVIOUS JOB, AND I SAY 95% FLT PEOPLE THAT GET HERE RAN FOR OFFICE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. THEY MIGHT GET CORRUPTED OF THE IT HAPPENS. THIS PLACE CAN CORRUPT YOU. THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF REASONS YOU MAY FALL DOWN. BUT STILL A LOT OF IDEALISM THAT IS IN THIS TOWN. AS SWAMPY AS WE IN THE MEDIA SOMETIMES PORTRAY IT. >>AND I SAY IT, TOO, CHUCK, BECAUSE IF EXPECTATION IS UNITY COMING OUT OF IT, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE AMERICAN PEOPLE CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THIS UNITY. BECAUSE IF THE WAY THEY ARGUE LEFT AND RIGHT, IT’S AWFULLY DIFFICULT FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO BEHAVE ANY DIFFERENTLY. >>LOOK, LET’S BE FRANK, WE ARE IN A MOMENT WHERE YOU DON’T REWARD COMPROMISE. >>RIGHT. >>WE ARE NOT REWARDING IT. WE PUNISH IT. POLITICALLY WE PUNISH IT RIGHT NOW, MICHAEL. >>BUT IF YOU LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY, THAT HAS HAPPENED AT OTHER MOMENTS BEFORE. >>WE GO THROUGH CYCLES. >>THE PERIOD BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR WITH SLAVERY, PEOPLE GET SICK OF IT, AFTER RICHARD NIXON IN 1974 HAD TO RESIGN OVER THE WATERGATE SCANDAL, THEY SAID I WANT PEOPLE THAT PRACTICE POLITICS IN A MORE ETHICAL WAY. >>ADMIRAL MULLEN, IS IT THAT MUCH HARDER SOMETIMES TO LEAD TROOPS, TO LEAD SAILORS WHEN THE POLITICS IS SO ACRIMONIOUS AT HOME?>>ACTUALLY, WHAT OUR MILITARY MEMBERS LOOK TO IS THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHILE THEY HAVE THEIR INDIVIDUAL POLITICAL VIEWS AND LOOK AT IS OUR SUPPORT. THEY ARE TERRIBLY BRIGHT AND FOCUSED AND WATCH WHAT GOES ON IN TERMS OF THE PARTISANSHIP. THEY DON’T EXPRESS THAT. IF THEY HAVE SUPPORTED BOO I THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE IRAQ WAR AND IN AFGHANISTAN THEN THEY’LL MARCH OFF TO DO THEIR JOBS. EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WOULD DO THAT. THEY LIKE TO SEE THE KIND OF COMPROMISE THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING. WHICH IS WHAT THEY HAVE SUPPOSED TO DO BASED ON WHOEVER THE PRESIDENT IS. WE ARE SEEING BILL AND CLINTON THERE. WE HEARD FROM WHETHER I KNOW HE WAS AT ARETHA FRANKLIN’S MEMORIAL.>>WE ARE HONORING TWO HEROES IN DIFFERENT WAYS. IT WAS MOVING ACTUALLY. IF YOU ARE SOMEONE THAT CAME FROM ANOTHER PLANET, YOU HAVE ARETHA ON ONE SIDE AND JOHN McCAIN ON THE OTHER. IT GIVES YOU THE BREATH OF BOTH COUNTRIES.>>ONLY IN AMERICA. NOT ANOTHER COUNTRY.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE. HALIE JACKSON, YOU ARE WATCHING ALONG WITH US AS WELL. I FIND THAT JOHN KELLY NOD, I THINK THAT WAS A TOUCHING NOD BY THE McCAIN FAMILY FOR ALL THE ACRIMONY BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATOR McCAIN, IT WAS CLEAR. IT MAY HAVE JUST BEEN A LONE PERSON.>>IT WAS INTENTIONAL AND SYMBOLIC. JOHN McCAIN IS SENDING A MESSAGE OF EVERYBODY GATHERED HERE THAT HIS FAMILY BROUGHT TOGETHER AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE SPEAKING FOR HIM. I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK WHAT WOULD JOHN McCAIN HAVE SAID. HE SAID JOHN IS PROBABLY WATCHING ABOVE LOOKING AT ALL THOSE REPORTERS WITHOUT UMBRELLAS, LET’S DOUSE THEM.>>IT WAS AFFECTIONATE. THE NEXT 90 MINUTES WILL BE INCREDIBLY POWERFUL. AFTER WE HEAR THE NAVY HYMN PLAYED BY THE NAVY BAND WAS KENNEDY’S BODY CARRIED UP THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL. YOU WILL HEAR FROM MEGAN McCAIN. SHE’S THE MOST VISIBLE. THEY ARE WALKING IN.>>THE FAMILY IS FILING IN RIGHT NOW. SOMEBODY SHARED A GREAT STORY WITH US AT THE “MEET THE PRESS” E-MAIL BOX. A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ENLISTED AND HE WAS IN TRAINING CAREER. HE GETS THIS CRAZY PHONE CALL ABOUT A CONGRESSIONAL THING AND JOHN McCAIN SAYS YOU NEED TO CALL YOUR MOTHER. THE YOUNG MOTHER WRITTEN TO McCAIN SAYING MY SON HAS NOT CALL ME ENOUGH WHILE IN SERVICE. HE DIDN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR STATION IN LIFE. THIS IS WHY SO MANY REPORTERS LIKED HIM. FOR YOUNG REPORTERS, THE FIRST SERIOUS PERSON TO TAKE SERIOUSLY WOULD BE JOHN McCAIN. HE WAS NOT A SNOB.>>HE WAS ALWAYS REAL. EVEN PEOPLE WHO DID NOT LIKE HIM WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY ABOUT IT. HE UNDERSTOOD THE CENTRAL ROLE OF A FREE PRESS IN SOCIETY. I LOVE WHAT HE SAID TO YOU. I HATE THE PRESS, I HATE YOU ESPECIALLY, CHUCK, BUT WE NEED YOU. HE UNDERSTOOD THE PRESS IS THE ONLY PROTECTED CATEGORY, THE ONLY BUSINESS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT. I DO HOPE THE NEXT GENERATION OF POLITICAL LEADERS FEEL STRONGLY. YOU CAN SEE JOE BIDEN IS ONE OF THEM, YOU CAN SEE BILL COHEN THERE. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS ONE AND RICK DAVIS AND PHIL GRAHAM AND ANOTHER FORMER COLLEAGUE OF HIS FROM TEXAS, GARY HART, FORMER DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE THAT THEY PICKED. A RUSSIAN DISSIDANCE IS FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM THERE AND AS MANY PEOPLE SAY HIS FINAL SALUTE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN.>>THE OTHER THING THAT JOHN HAD THAT IS WORTH OBSERVING IS HE EXPERIENCED KINDNESS WHEN HE SUFFERED. WHEN HE CAME HOME, HE WAS NOT IN GREAT SHAPE. HE RETURNED THAT FAVOR, ALMOST ALL ANONYMOUSLY. IT WAS QUITE COMMON FOR HIM TO VISIT POLITICAL ENEMIES WHEN THEY WERE HOSTAGE.>>THAT’S WHAT I LEARN THIS WEEK. SO MANY OF THESE STORIES CAME OUT.>>IT CAME FROM HIS OWN EXPERIENCE. HE KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF HIM AND GIVING SOMETHING WHEN HE NEEDED MOST.>>ALL RIGHT.>>AS YOU CAN SEE HERE THE SERVICE IS OFFICIALLY BEGINNING. WE’LL TAKE THIS MUCH OF IT IN WITH YOU. AND TRY NOT TO INTERRUPT IT TOO MUCH AT ALL.>>I AM RESURRECTION, I AM LIFE SAYS THE LORD. WHO EVER HAS FAITH IN ME SHALL HAVE LIFE EVEN THOUGH HE DIED AND EVERYONE WHO HAS LIGHT AND HAS COMMITTED HIMSELF TO ME IN FAITH, SHALL NOT DIE FOREVER. AS FOR ME, I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES AND THAT AT THE LAST HE’LL STAND UPON THE EARTH AFTER MY AWAKEN, HE’LL RAISE ME UP AND IN MY BODY, I SHALL SEE GOD. I MYSELF SHALL SEE AND BEHOLD HIM WHO IS MY FRIEND AND NOT A STRANGER. FOR NONE OF US HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF AND NONE BECOMES HIS OWN MASTER WHEN HE DIES. FOR IF WE HAVE LIFE, WE ARE ALIVE IN THE LORD AND IF WE DIE, WE DIE IN THE LORD. SO WHETHER WE LIVE OR DIE, WE ARE THE LORD’S POSSESSION. HAPPY FROM NOW ON ARE THOSE WHO DIE IN THE LORD SO IT SAYS THE SPIRIT FOR THEY REST FROM THEIR LABORS. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>PLEASE BE SEATED.>>GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS RANDY HOLLERITH. ON BEHALF OF THE DIOCESES OF WASHINGTON AND ALL OF US WHO SERVES OUR LORD AT THIS CATHEDRAL, WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLE. IT IS AN HONOR TO HOST THIS SERVICE FOR SENATOR McCAIN, TO SENATOR McCAIN’S WIFE CINDY AND HIS MOTHER ROBERTA AND THE ENTIRE McCAIN FAMILY. OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU AND WITH ALL THOSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD WHO GRIEVES THE LOSS OF THIS GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT AND STATESMAN. TODAY WE GIVE JOHN SIDNEY McCAIN THE III BACK TO THE GRACE OF LOVE WHO GAVE HIM TO US. BEYOND THIS LIFE, THERE IS INDEED MORE LIFE. GOD NEVER LETS US GO . WE GATHER TO GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THE GOODNESS AND COURAGE THAT HAVE PASSED FROM JOHN McCAIN’S LIFE INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND LEFT THE WORLD A RICHER AND BETTER PLACE. FOR GOOD HUMOR AND GRACIOUS AND AFFECTION AND KINDLY GENEROSITY. WEAKNESS ENDURED WITHOUT DEFEAT. MAY THE LORD BLESS HIM AND KEEP HIM THIS DAY AND ALWAYS. THANK YOU.>>THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE AND WORTH FIGHTING FOR. I HATE VERY MUCH TO LEAVE IT. WHEN EARNEST HEMMINGWAY ROBERT JORDAN, LIFE WOUNDED AND WAITING FOR HIS LAST FIGHTS, THESE ARE AMONG HIS FINAL THOUGHT. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS AN AWFUL PLACE. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS NOT FIGHTING FOR. MY FATHER HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THE WORLD WAS WORTH LEAVING. HE DID NOT THINK ANY OF THOSE THINGS. LIKE THE HERO OF HIS FAVORITE BOOK, JOHN McCAIN, TOOK THE OPPOSITE WORLD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF LUCK TO HAVE HAD SUCH A GOOD LIFE. I AM HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY SAYING THE WORDS I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO SAY. GIVING THIS SPEECH, I NEVER WANTED TO GIVE. FEELING THE LOSS I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO FEEL, MY FATHER IS GONE. JOHN McCAIN THE 3rd WAS MANY THINGS, HE WAS A SAILOR AND AN AVIATOR, HE WAS A WARRIOR, HE WAS A PRISONER, HE WAS A HERO, HE WAS A CONGRESSMAN, HE WAS A SENATOR, HE WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE THE ALL THE TITLES. THEY ARE NOT THE GREATEST OF THE TITLE NOR THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS ROLES. HE WAS A GREAT MAN. WE GATHER HERE TO MOURN THE AMERICAN GREATNESS. THE REAL THING, NOT CHEAP RHETORIC OF MEN WHO NEVER CAME NEAR THE SACRIFICE HE GAVE SO WILLINGLY. HE WAS A GREAT FIRE WHO BURNT RIGHT. IN THE PAST FEW DAYS MY FAMILY AND I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF THOSE AMERICANS WHO STOOD IN THE WARMTH AND LIGHT OF HIS FIRE AND FOUND IT ILLUMINATING AND WHAT’S BEST ABOUT THEM. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM. IF YOU HAVE RESENTED THAT FIRE, FOR THE TRUTH IT REVEALED ABOUT THEIR CHARACTER BUT MY FATHER NEVER CARED WHAT THEY THOUGHT. EVEN THAT SMALL NUMBERS STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS LONG AS THEY DRAW BREATH TO LIVE UP THE EXAMPLE OF JOHN McCAIN. MY FATHER WAS A GREAT MAN. HE WAS A GREAT WARRIOR. HE WAS A GREAT AMERICAN. I ADMIRE HIM FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS BUT I LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT FATHER. MY FATHER KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GROW UP IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS. HE DID JUST AS HIS FATHER HAVE DONE BEFORE HIM. HE WAS A SON OF A GREAT ADMIRAL WHO WAS ALSO A SON OF A GREAT ADMIRAL. WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR JOHN THE 3rd TO BECOME THE MAN, HE HAD NO CHOICE, HE WALKED IN THE EXACT SAME PATH. HE HAD TO BECOME A SAILOR. HE HAD TO GO TO WAR. HE HAD TO HAVE HIS SHOT OF BECOMING A GREAT ADMIRAL AS THEY ALSO HAVE DONE. THE PAST OF HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER LED MY FATHER TO THE HANOI HILTON. THIS IS THE PUBLIC LEGEND THAT’S JOHN McCAIN. THIS IS ALL THE BIOGRAPHY AND CAMPAIGN LITERATURE THAT SHOWED HIS CHARACTER, HIS PATRIOTISM AND ENDURANCE OF THE WORST POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS IS WHERE WE LEARN WHO JOHN McCAIN WAS. ALL OF THAT IS VERY TRUE EXCEPT FOR THE LAST PART. TODAY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHO JOHN McCAIN REALLY WAS. HE WAS NOT IN THE HANOI HILTON. IT WAS NOT IN A COCKPIT OF A FAST LETHAL FIGHTER JET. IT WAS NOT ON THE HIGH SEAS OR THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. JOHN McCAIN WAS IN ALL OF THESE PLACES BUT THE BEST OF HIM WAS SOME WHERE ELSE. THE BEST OF JOHN McCAIN, THE GREATEST OF HIS TITLES AND THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS ROLES WAS AS A FATHER. IMAGINE A WARRIOR, THE NIGHT OF THE SKY GENTLY CARRYING HIS LITTLE GIRL TO BED AND IMAGINE THE DASHING AVIATOR WHO TOOK HIS AIRCRAFT HURDLING OFF PITCHING DEATH IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEAS, KISSING THE HURT WHEN I FELL AND SKIN MY KNEE. IMAGINE THE STATESMAN WHO COUNSELED PRESIDENTS AND THE POWERFUL AND SINGING WITH HIS LITTLE GIRL AT OLD CREEK DURING THE RAINSTORM. IMAGINE THE SENATOR FEARS CONSCIOUS OF THE NATION’S BEST SELF TAKING HIS 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OUT OF SCHOOL BECAUSE HE BELIEVED THAT I WOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICA AT THE TOWN HALL HE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IMAGINE AN ELDERLY GOVERNMENT — WITH HIS EYES SHINING WITH HAPPINESS AS HE GAVE HIS BLESSING FOR HIS DAUGHTER’S MARRIAGE. YOU ALL HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT, I DON’T TO BECAUSE I LIVED IT ALL. I KNOW WHO HE WAS. I KNOW WHAT DEFINED HIM. I GOT TO SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY BLESSED LIFE. HE WAS NOT DEFINED BY THE PRISON OR THE NAVY OR THE SENATE OR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR BY ANY SINGLE ONE OF THE DEED, OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. JOHN McCAIN IS DEFINED BY LOVE. SEVERAL OF YOU OUT THERE ACCUSED OR CROSSED WORDS WITH YOU OR FOUND YOURSELF ON THE RECEIVING END OF HIS FAMOUS TEMPER, DOING YOUR BEST TO STAY STONED FACE. DON’T. YOU KNOW FULL WELL THAT IF JOHN McCAIN WERE IN YOUR SHOES TODAY, HE WOULD LEAVE SOME SALTY WORDS HE LEARNED IN THE NAVY. HE WOULD KEEP GRINNING. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO THAT. ON THEIR FIRST DATE WHEN HE STILL DID NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF WOMAN SHE WAS, HE RECITED A POEM TO HER. THERE ARE STRANGE THINGS DONE IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN BY THE MEN WHO MOILD FOR GOLD. HE HAD LEARNED IT IN HANOI. A PRISONER IN THE NEXT CELL RAPPED IT OUT IN CODE OVER AND OVER AGAIN DURING THE LONG YEARS OF CAPTIVITY. MY FATHER FIGURE THAT CINDY WOULD SIT THROUGH THAT AND APPRECIATE THE DARK HUMOR. SHE MIGHT SIT THROUGH A LIFETIME WITH HIM AS WELL AND SHE DID. JOHN McCAIN WAS DEFINED BY LOVE. THIS LOVE OF MY FATHER FROM MY MOTHER WAS THE MOST FIERCE AND LASTING OF THEM ALL, MOM. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT LOVE MEANT TO JOHN McCAIN AND ME. HIS LOVE WAS THE LOVE OF A FATHER WHO MENTORS AS MUCH AS HE COMFORTS. HE WAS ENDLESSLY PRESENT FOR US AND NO, WE DID NOT ALWAYS UNDERSTAND IT, HE WAS ALWAYS TEACHING. HE DIDN’T EXPECT US TO BE LIKE HIM. HIS AMBITION FOR US WAS TO BE BETTER THAN HIM. ARMED WITH HIS WISDOM AND INFORMED BY HIS EXPERIENCES LONG BEFORE WE WERE OLD ENOUGH TO ASSEMBLE OUR OWN. AS A GIRL, I DID NOT APPRECIATE WHAT I MOSTLY APPRECIATE NOW. HOW HE SUFFERED AND HOW HE BORE IT WITH HIS STOIC SILENCE THAT WAS ONCE THE MARK OF THE AMERICAN MAN. I CAME TO APPRECIATE IT FIRST WHEN HE DEMANDED OF ME. I WAS A SMALL GIRL THROWN FROM A HORSE AND CRYING FROM A BUSTED COLLARBONE. MY DAD PICKED ME UP AND TOOK ME TO THE DOCTOR AND GOT ME FIXED UP AND HE TOOK ME BACK HOME AND MADE ME GET BACK ON THE SAME HORSE. I WAS FURIOUS AT HIM AS A CHILD BUT HOW I LOVE HIM FOR IT NOW. MY FATHER KNEW PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH AN INTIMACY THAT MOST OF US ARE BLESSED AND NEVER HAVING TO ENDURE. HE WAS SHOT DOWN, HE WAS CRIPPLED, HE WAS BEATEN AND STARVED AND TORTURED AND HUMILIATED. THAT MAIN NEVER LEFT HIM. YET, HE SURVIVED. YET, HE ENDURED. YET, HE TRIUMPHED. THERE WAS THIS MAN WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH ALL THAT WITH A LITTLE GIRL WHO DID NOT WANT TO GET BACK ON HER HORSE. HE COULD HAVE SAT ME DOWN AND TOLD ME ALL OF THAT AND MADE ME FEEL SMALL BECAUSE MY CLAYTON COMPLAINT WAS NOTHING NEXT TO HIS MISERY. MEGHAN HE SAYS, HIS QUIET VOICE THAT SPOKE WITH AUTHORITY, GET BACK ON THE HORSE. BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I RESENTED IT. NOW THAT I AM A WOMAN, I LOOK BACK AT THAT TIME AND SEE THE EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE WHEN I CLIMB BACKUP AND RODE AGAIN. I SEE THE PRIDE AND LOVE IN HIS EYES AS HE SAID, NOTHING IS GOING TO BREAK YOU. THE REST OF MY LIFE WHEN EVER I FALL DOWN, I GET BACKUP AND WHEN EVER I AM HURT, I DRIVE ON. WHEN I BROUGHT LOW, I RISE. IT IS NOT BECAUSE I AM STRONG OR RESILIENT. IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE MY FATHER, JOHN McCAIN, WAS. WHEN MY FATHER GOT SICK, I ASKED HIM WHAT HE WANTED ME TO DO WITH THIS EULOGY, HE SAID, SHOW THEM HOW TOUGH YOU ARE. THAT’S WHAT LOVE MEANT TO JOHN McCAIN. LOVE FOR MY FATHER ALSO MEANT CARING FOR THE NATION AND TRUSTED HIM. MY FATHER THE TRUE SON OF HIS FATHER AND HIS GRANDFATHER WAS BORN INTO AN ENDURING SENSE OF THE HEART ONE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN’S GREATNESS AND WAS CONVINCED THE NEED TO DEFEND IT WITH FAITH. JOHN McCAIN WAS BORN IN THE OUT POST OF AMERICAN POWER. HE UNDERSTOOD AMERICA AS A SECRET TRUST. HE UNDERSTOOD OUR PUBLIC DEMANDS, RESPONSIBILITIES EVEN BEFORE IT DEFENDS ITS RIGHTS. HE KNEW NAVIGATING THE LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WAS OFTEN DIFFICULT BUT ALWAYS SYMBOL. HE GRASPED THAT OUR PURPOSE AND MEANING WAS ROUTED IN A MISSIONARY RESPONSIBILITIES STRETCHING BACK CENTURIES. JUST AS THE FIRST AMERICAN LOOKING UPON A NEW WORLD OF GRAND EXPERIENCE AND FREEDOM. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF THE REVOLUTION. FIGHTER WITH NO STOMACH FOR THE SUMMER SOLDIER AND THE SUNSHINE PATRIOTS, MAKING THE WORLD A NEW WITH THE BELL OF LIBERTY. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND SUFFERING GREATLY TO SEE IT THROUGH. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF THE BOYS WHO RUSHED THE COLORS OF EVERY WAR ACROSS THE THREE COUNTRY KNOWING THAT IN THEM IS THE LIFE OF THE REPUBLIC AND THOSE BY THEIR DARING AS RONALD REAGAN SAID GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE OF BEING HUSBANDS AND FATHERS AND GRAND FATHERS AND GAVE UP THEIR CHANCE TO BE REVERE OLD MEN. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS THE AMERICA OF VIETNAM. FIGHTING THE FIGHT EVEN IN THE MOST GRIM CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVEN IN THE MOST DISTANT AND HOSTILE CORNER OF THE WORLD AND STANDING AND DEFEAT THE LIFE AND LIBERTY OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE LAND. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN IS GENEROUS AND BOLD AND SECURE. SHE’S RESOURCEFUL. SHE MEETS HER RESPONSIBILITIES. SHE SPEAKS QUIETLY BECAUSE SHE’S STRONG. AMERICA DOES NOT BOAST BECAUSE SHE HAS NO NEED TO. THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN HAS NO NEED TO MADE GREAT AGAIN. AMERICA WAS ALWAYS GREAT.>>THAT FAITH, THAT PROVEN DEVOTION, THAT ABIDING LOVE, THAT IS WHAT DROVE MY FATHER TO THE BRINK OF THE PRESIDENCY ITSELF. LOVE DEFINED MY FATHER. AS A YOUNG MAN HE WONDERED IF HE’LL MEASURE UP. I MISS HIM SO BADLY. I WANT TO TELL HIM THAT HE DID. BUT, I TAKE SMALL COMFORT IN THIS SOME WHERE IN THE GREAT BEYOND WHERE THE WARRIORS GO, THERE ARE TWO ADMIRALS MEETING THEIR MUCH LOVED SON. THEY’RE TELLING HIM HE’S THE GREATEST AMONG THEM. DAD, I LOVE YOU. I ALWAYS HAVE. ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I HOPE, ALL THAT I DREAM IS GROUNDED IN WHAT YOU TAUGHT ME. YOU LOVED ME AND YOU SHOWED ME WHAT LOVE MUST BE. AN ANCIENT GREEK HISTORIANS WROTE, TO HAVE YOUR GREATNESS IS WOVEN INTO MY LIFE. IT IS WOVEN INTO MY MOTHER’S LIFE AND MY SISTER’S LIFE AND IT IS WOVEN INTO MY BROTHERS’ LIVES. IT IS WOVEN INTO LIFE AND LIBERTY OF THE COUNTRY YOU SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO DEFEND. DAD, I KNOW YOU ARE NOT PERFECT, WE LIVE IN AN ERA WHERE WE KNOCKED DOWN OLD AMERICAN HEROES FOR ALL THEIR IMPERFECTIONS. YOU GAVE US AN IDEA TO STRIVE FOR. LOOK, I KNOW YOU CAN SEE THIS GATHERING HERE IN THIS CATHEDRAL. THE NATION TO SIT HERE TO REMEMBER YOU. LIKE SO MANY OTHER HEROES, YOU LEAVE US STRAIGHT IN THE FLAG YOU LOVE, YOU DEFENDED US AND YOU SACRIFICED IT AND YOU HAVE ALWAYS HONORED IT. IT IS GOOD TO REMEMBER, WE ARE AMERICANS, WE DON’T PUT OUR HEROES ON PEDESTALS JUST TO REMEMBER THEM. WE RAISE THEM UP BECAUSE WE WANT TO EMULATE THEIR VIRTUES AND THIS IS HOW WE HONOR THEM AND THIS IS HOW WE’LL HONOR YOU. MY FATHER IS GONE. MY FATHER IS GONE. I KNOW HIS LIFE AND I KNOW IT WAS GREAT BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD. AS MUCH AS I HATE TO SEE HIM GO, I DO KNOW HOW IT ENDED. ON THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 25th, IN FRONT OF OAK CREEK IN ARIZONA SURROUNDED BY THE FAMILY HE LOVED SO MUCH. AN OLD MAN SHOOK OFF THE SCARS OF BATTLE ONE LAST TIME, ROSE A NEW MAN TO PILOT ONE LAST PLATE UP AND UP AND UP, BUSTING CLOUDS LEFT AND RIGHT, STRAIGHT ON THROUGH TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND HE SLIPPED THE EARTH, PUT OUT HIS HAND AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD. I LOVE YOU DAD.>>FROM RICK WILLIAM BY ROBERT LEWIS STEVENSON. DIG THE GRAVE AND LET ME LIE, BADLY DID I LAY AND I GLADLY DIE. I LAID ME DOWN WITH THE WILL. BE THIS VERSE, YOU WILL GET A GRAVE FROM ME, HERE HE LIES WHERE HE LONGED TO BE. HOME IS THE SAILOR AND HOME IS THE SEA. THE HUNTER IS HOME FROM THE HILL.>>SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY. LET FREEDOM RING. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>CINDY McCAIN AND THE WONDERFUL McCAIN FAMILY, PRESIDENT CLINTON AND OBAMAS AND CLINTONS AND ALL THE OTHER HONORED GUESTS THAT ARE HERE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BECOMING JOHN McCAIN’S FRIEND, IS ONE OF THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF ME LIFE. BEING ASKED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HIM TODAY IS ONE OF THE GREAT HONORS AND FOR THAT I THANK CINDY, AND THE ENTIRE McCAIN FAMILY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THEM INCLUDING HIS MOTHER, HIS BROTHER AND SISTER AND THE SEVEN WONDERFUL CHILDREN FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU GAVE JOHN THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND HIS SERVICE, NONE MORE THAN THE LAST YEAR OF HIS LIFE. YOU, CINDY, HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY THANK YOUED AND SAINTLY AND WE, HIS FRIENDS CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. THERE IS A SPECIAL SATISFACTION THAT COMES FROM SERING A CAUSE THAT’S GREATER THAN YOURSELF. I HEARD JOHN SAY THAT WORDS HUNDREDS OF TIME AND PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU ALL HEARD IT A LOT AS WELL. FOR HIM, WE KNOW THEY WERE NOT JUST WORDS IN A SPEECH. THEY WERE IF CREED THAT HE LIVED BY. AND THE GREATER CAUSE TO WHICH HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE WAS AMERICA. NOT SO MUCH THE COUNTRY DEFINED BY ITS BORDERS BUT THE AMERICA OF OUR FOUNDING VALUES, FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS OPPORTUNITY, DEMOCRACY, AND EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW. JOHN’S LIFE HE NOBLY SERVED AND ADVANCED THESE AMERICAN VALUES. AND REMARKABLY, HIS DEATH SEEMS TO HAVE REMINDED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THESE VALUES ARE WHAT MAKES US A GREAT NATION. NOT THE TRIABLE PARTISANSHIP OR PERSONAL ATTACK POLITICS THAT CHARACTERIZED OUR LIVES. THIS WEEK’S CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND VALUES AND PATRIOTISM OF THIS HERO, I THINK HAVE TAKEN OUR COUNTRY ABOVE ALL THAT. IN A WAY IT IS THE LAST GREAT GIFT TO JOHN McCAIN GAVE AMERICA. I WANT TO SUGGEST TODAY THAT WE CAN GIVE A LAST GREAT GIFT TO HIM WHICH IS TO NURTURE THESE VALUES AND TAKE THEM FORWARD IN TO THE YEARS AHEAD TO MAKE AMERICA THE BETTER COUNTRY JOHN ALWAYS KNEW IT COULD BE. I PRAY THAT WE WILL. AND I ASK YOU TO DO SO AS WELL. LET ME TRY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT MAN BY DESCRIBING INSURANCE STORY OF OUR FRIENDSHIP BEGAN IN THE EARLY 1990s AS PART OF A BIPARTISAN GROUP PUSHING OUR GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE AGGRESSION SLAUGHTER IN BOSNIA. REALLY, OUR FRIENDSHIP DEEPENS IN OUR TRAVELS TOGETHER AROUND THE WORLD WITH OUR THIRD AMIGO, LINDSEY GRAHAM. WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH JOHN AND EVEN WITH LINDSEY ALONG, THE PURPOSE IS NOT TO HAVE FUN. SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THE PURPOSE WAS JUST TO SURVIVE THE SCHEDULE HE HAD ORGANIZED. JOHN HAD A RESTLESS ENERGY EVERYDAY INCLUDING THE DAY WE TRAVEL TO GET THE MOST OUT OF EVERYDAY, HE POSSIBLY COULD AND HE DID AND SO DID WE WHO WERE PRIVILEGED THE KNOW HIM. JOHN TRAVELS TO LEARN SO HE CAN BE A BETTER SENATOR. HE TRAVELS TO REPRESENT AMERICA AS BEST HE COULD WHERE EVER HE WENT AND HE DID. HE TRAVELED TO SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES WHETHER IN WAR OR IN PEACE WHERE EVER THEY WERE AND THEY IN TURN WELCOME HIM IN NOT JUST RESPECT BUT ALL AS THE HERO JOHN McCAIN WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. IN SHARED EXPERIENCES IN LONG TIME CONVERSATIONS ON THESE TRIPS. JOHN AND I GOT TO KNOW AND TRUST EACH OTHER AS FRIENDS IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE IT CAN HAPPEN MUCH ANYMORE IN THE PHONETIC WASHINGTON LIFE AS SENATORS. OUR FRIENDSHIP TAUGHT ME ANY THINGS AND SOME JOKES THAT I NEVER HAVE KNOWN. JOHN LOVED TO LAUGH AND MAKE OTHER LAUGH. WHEN HE FOUND A JOKE THAT SOMEBODY LIKED, HE TOLD IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ONE OF MY FAVORITES WAS ABOUT THE TWO INMATES GOING THROUGH THE FOOD LINE FOR DINNER AT THE STATE, ONE SAYS TO THE OTHER, THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE HERE. AND THE OTHER SAYS IT WAS A LOT BETTER WHEN I WAS GOVERNOR. YEAH, I HEARD THAT OFTEN AND I LAUGHED EVERY TIME BECAUSE JOHN LAUGHED SO HARD EVERY TIME HE TOLD IT. YOU COULD NOT CHARACTERIZE THIS MAN, HE LOVED TO READ HISTORY AND FICTION AND TALKED ABOUT IT AND ARGUED ABOUT IT. HE HAD A PERSUASIVE CURIOSITY. HE LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND ALL OF GOD’S CREATURES. MUCH PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED HOW — BUT, OF COURSE, JOHN’S GREAT STRENGTH WAS HIS CHARACTER. HE WAS HONEST, FAIR, AND CIVILIZED. IN ALL THE TIMES WE WERE TOGETHER, I NEVER HEARD HIM SAY A BIGOTED WORD ABOUT ANYONE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAW THIS GREAT QUALITY MOST CLEARLY DURING THE 2000S CAMPAIGN WHEN THAT WOMAN MADE AN OFFENSIVE STATE THEN SENATOR BARACK OBAMA. WHAT MOST IMPRESSIVE OF JOHN’S REACTION WAS IT WAS PURE REFLEX. HE IMMEDIATELY DEFENDED HIS OPPONENT’S NAME AND HONOR AND THERE BY ELEVATED THAT MOMENT BY POLITICS AND MADE US A PERFECT UNION. PERSONALLY I CAN TELL YOU THAT JOHN WAS A REAL FRIEND AND ACCOMMODATING TO HIM WAS MY UNUSUAL PRACTICES AS AN OBSERVAN JEW. WHETHER IT WAS A WALK WITH ME OR A CONFERENCE THAT WE GO TO, WE WOULD STAY IN THE HOTEL AND HAVE WHAT JOHN WOULD LEARN TO CALL OUR PEACEFUL DINNER. BUT, FOR JOHN, IT WAS NOT THAT PEACEFUL. JOHN NATURALLY DURING THESE WONDERFUL ACTS OF FRIENDSHIP GRUMBLED ALL THE WAY OF WHAT I WAS PUTTING IT THROUGH, YOU KNOW? RIGHT NOW I THINK HE’S PROBABLY DERIVING SOME PLEASURE FROM THE FACT THAT IT TURNED OUT THAT HIS FUNERAL IS HELD ON A SATURDAY AND I HAD TO WALK TO GET HERE. I AM SURE RIGHT NOW HE WOULD TELL ME THAT WAS DEVINE JUSTICE. HE ULTIMATELY AS HE DID WITH SO MUCH OF HIS LIFE TURNED THESE INTERPHASE EXPERIENCES INTO A TRULY HILARIOUS COMEDY ROUTINE. IT BEGAN WITH A SOLEMN PRONOUNCEMENT BY JOHN THAT HE WAS CONVERTING TO JUDAISM. HE EXPLAINED MUCH LESS SOLEMNLY, I DO THIS NOT BECAUSE OF ANYBODY LIKING FOR THE RELIGION. IT IS JUST FOR SO MANY YEARS, I HAD TO GO ALONG WITH ALL OF JOE’S RELIGIOUS NONSENSE THAT I MIGHT AS WELL CONVERT AND GET THE BENEFITS. ONE OF HIS GREAT TARGET WAS THE SAVAGE ELEVATOR AT THE HOTEL WHICH WERE PREPROGRAMMED TO STOP AT EVERY FLOOR. JOHN HAD MANY VIRTUES BUT PATIENCE WAS NOT ONE OF THEM. THEREFORE THAT RIDE IN THE ELEVATOR WERE NOT THE HAPPIEST TIME WE SPENT TOGETHER. I SAY THIS BOTH TO SAY IN STORIES HOW FULL AND GENUINE WAS JOHN’S ACCEPTANCE OF MY RELIGIOUS PRACTICES WHICH WERE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT HE KNEW BUT ALSO TO MAKE A LARGER POINT BECAUSE I CAN TELL YOU EVERYTHING THAT WE DID TOGETHER AROUND THE WORLD AND HERE IN WASHINGTON AND ACROSS AMERICA, HE SHOWED THAT SAME ACCEPTANCE AND RESPECT AND CURIOSITY ABOUT EVERYBODY’S RELIGIOUS AND EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THEM THAT WAS DIFFERENT FROM HIMSELF AND HIS OWN EXPERIENCES. I HAVE SAID THAT PATIENCE WAS ONE VIRTUE THAT JOHN DID NOT HAVE BUT FORGIVENESS WAS A GREAT VIRTUE HE DID HAVE. HERE IS A STORY TO MAKE IT CLEAR. ONCE ON A TRIP TO HANOI AS WE ARE TOURING THE HANOI HILTON, A CROWD OF VIETNAMESE STUDENTS RECOGNIZED JOHN AND THEY BEGAN TO CHANT WILDLY, McCAIN, McCAIN, THEY WANTED TO TAKE PICTURES AND HAVE HIM SIGN AUTOGRAPHS. WHEN IT WAS OVER, I ASKED HIM WHY DID YOU HAVE JUST A ROCK STAR RECOGNITION IN HANOI. THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT THAT I WAS TREATED A LOT BETTER HERE THAN I WAS. SECOND, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND VIETNAM. WELL, THAT WAS A CLASSIC McCAIN UNDER STATEMENT. ALONG WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON AND JOHN CURRY, JOHN McCAIN WAS THE LEADER IN CONGRESS IN BRINGING ABOUT THE NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND VIETNAM AND EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF PERSONAL FORGIVENESS WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT THE VIETNAMESE DID TO HIM DURING HIS FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AS A PRISONER OF WAR. AFTER HIS INJURIES IN VIETNAM, HE COULD NOT PURSUE HIS AMBITIONS IN THE NAVY. SO HE TURNED TO GOVERNMENT SERVICE AS HIS GREATER AMERICAN CAUSE. OF COURSE, I DIDN’T KNOW JOHN AND HIS YOUTH BUT I DON’T THINK FROM WHAT I HEARD THAT HE WAS BORN WITH A NATURAL SKILL OF A LEGISLATURE AND YET HE LEARNED THEM AND BECAME A GREAT ONE. HE KNEW WHEN TO NEGOTIATE AND COMPROMISE TO GET SOMETHING DONE. HE REGULARLY REACHED ACROSS PARTY LINES BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY AND HIS STATE. AS A RESULT, HIS LEGISLATIVE RECORD IS EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE. HE ALSO FOUGHT AND LOST SOME BIG BATTLES TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE, TO BROADLY REFORM OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS BUT THAT NEVER SEEMED TO GET HIM DOWN OR DIMINISHES HIM FOR THE NEXT BATTLE. HE LOVED TO WIN BUT HE LOVED A GOOD FIGHT FOR JUST CAUSE EVEN IF IT DID NOT SUCCEED. OVERALL, HE WON MANY MORE THAN HE LOST AND ALL OF HIS BIG WINS WERE ACHIEVED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IN 2008, WHEN JOHN WAS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT, HE HAD THIS FAR OUT IDEA OF ASKING A DEMOCRAT TO BE HIS RUNNING MATE, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? WHEN HE TALKED TO ME ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW JOHN, I AM HONORED BUT I DON’T SEE HOW YOU CAN DO IT. EVEN THOUGH I WON MY LAST ELECTION AS AN INDEPENDENT, I AM STILL A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT. JOHN’S RESPONSE WAS DIRECT AND REALLY — THAT’S THE POINT, JOE, HE SAID WITH A CERTAIN IMPATIENCE, YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT AND I AM A REPUBLICAN, WE CAN GIVE THE COUNTRY THE BIPARTISAN PARTNERSHIP THAT IT NEEDS FOR THE CHANGE. WHEN JOHN RETURNED FROM THE SENATE AFTER HIS SURGERY AND VOTED AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE BILL, SOME PEOPLE ACCUSED HIM OF BEING DISLOYAL TO THE PARTY AND THE PRESIDENT BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS SPEECH, HE GAVE THAT DAY, YOU WILL KNOW IT IS NO T THE CASE. THAT SPEECH MADE CLEAR THAT HIS VOTE WAS NOT AGAINST THAT BILL BUT AGAINST THE MINDLESS PARTISANSHIP THAT HAS TAKEN CONTROL BOTH OF OUR POLITICAL PARTIES AND OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRODUCED TOTALLY ONE-SIDED RESPONSES, THE COMPLICATED NATIONAL PROBLEMS LIKE HEALTHCARE. OF COURSE, HE WAS RIGHT. IN HIS REMARKS LAST JULY, JOHN ALSO SPOKE ELOQUENTLY OF OUR POSITION IN THE WORLD OF AMERICA’S CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITY FOR PRINCIPLE LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD, IT WAS AS IF HE THOUGHT THAT MAY BE HIS LAST BEST OPPORTUNITIES TO MOVE HIS COLLEAGUES IN HIS COUNTRY. IT IS A SPEECH WORTH READING BUT I WANT TO QUOTE ONE SENTENCE, “WHAT GREATER CAUSE COULD WE HOPE TO SERVE THAN HELPING KEEP AMERICA THE STRONG AND AS FIRING AND INSPIRATIONAL BEACON OF LIBERTY AND DEFENDER OF DIGNITY OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS.” THAT IN SHORT WAS THE McCAIN’S AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. MORAL, ENGAGED, AND STRONG. AGAIN, THESE WORDS WERE NOT JUST RHETORIC FOR JOHN. HE ACTED ON THEM AND HE LIVED THEM AND OUR TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD, I CAN TELL YOU HE ALWAYS REASSURED OUR ALLIES AND OUR ENEMIES, STANDING FOR AMERICA’S BEST VALUES AND ATTACKING GOVERNMENT WHETHER IN MOSCOW OR PYONGYANG OR ANYWHERE ELSE. IF WE WERE GOING TO A COUNTRY THAT WAS NOT FULLY FREE, JOHN INSISTED THAT WE MEET WITH THE LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AS WELL AS THE GOVERNMENT. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY IN MIRAMAR. DURING THE DICTATORSHIP THERE, WE MET THREE MEN WHO WAS JUST RELEASED AND SHOWED TERRIBLE SIGNS OF PHYSICAL AND LOGICAL ABUSE. THEY TOLD US THEY WOULD NEVER SURVIVED IF THEY HAD NOT HEARD IN JAIL THAT THE GREAT AMERICAN SENATOR, JOHN McCAIN, HAS SUPPORTED THEIR CAUSE, READ THEIR NAMES ON THE U.S. SENATE FLOOR AND DEMANDED THEIR RELEASE. ANOTHER OCCASION, WE VISITED A REFUGEE CAMP FOR SYRIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY TO TURKEY BY THE BRUTAL AGGRESSION OF US BY THE IRANIANS AND THE RUSSIANS. WE WERE THE FIRST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO VISIT THAT CAMP AND THERE WERE SOME CONCERNS OF THE RECEPTION WE RECEIVED. EARLIER IN THE DAY, OFFICIALS OF THE U.N. HAVE BEEN THERE AND BOOED AND HAD SHOES THROWN AT THEM. WHEN WE ARRIVED, A LARGE CROWD OF SYRIAN REFUGEES HAD FORMED AND WAS IN FACT CHANTING BUT RATHER THAN BOOING AND THROWING SHOES, THEY WERE CHEERING AND CHEERING AND CHANTING, WORDS OF WELCOME AND THANKS AND THE TWO WORDS THEY CHANTED MOST WERE JOHN McCAIN. WHAT IS MOST REMARKABLE ABOUT THESE TWO STORIES AND I CAN TELL YOU MANY MORE IS HOW UNREMARKABLE OF HOW THEY ARE. THE NAME OF JOHN McCAIN BASED ON THE ACTIONS OF THE MAN OF JOHN McCAIN HAVE BECOME THE HOPE AND INSPIRATION FOR THE PRESS OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS IF THERE IS A SOURCE OF SECURITY FOR ALLY COUNTRIES THAT SHARES OUR VALUES. ONE LAST STORY, ONE OF JOHN’S FAVORITE CITIESN THE WORLD WAS JERUSALEM. ONE OF HIS FAVORITE THINGS TO DO THERE WAS TO STAND ON THE BALCONY WITH LINDSEY AND ME OF OUR HOTEL LOOKING OUT OF THE OLD CITY AND DISCUSSING ALL THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL HISTORY THAT HAPPENED THERE OVER THE CENTURIES. SO WHEN I FIRST TOLD JOHN THAT I HAD DECIDED NOT TO RUN>>WHEN I FIRST TOLD JOHN I DECIDED NOT TO RUN FOR SENATE AGAIN IN 2012. HE WAS PUZZLED AND FRANKLY EVEN A LITTLE BIT ANGRY. THEN THE NEXT DAY HE CALLED ME. AND THIS IS MY BEST RECOLLECTION OF THE CONVERSATION. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN THINKING. IF YOU GO OUT INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE SOME MORE MONEY. AND THEN YOU CAN AFFORD TO BUY A SECOND HOME IN JERUSALEM THAT HAS AN EXTRA HOME FOR ME. WITH A BALCONY. WHERE WE CAN LOOK OUT AND TALK ABOUT THE CITY AND ITS HISTORY. SINCE THEN, WHEN I TALKED TO JOHN OR VISITED WITH HIM, HE WOULD ASK ME, JOEY, HAVE YOU MADE ENOUGH MONEY YET TO BUY THAT PLACE IN JERUSALEM. AND I’D ANSWER NOT YET, JOHNNY, BUT I’M GETTING CLOSER. NOW, SADLY, FATE HAS INTERVENED BEFORE WE COULD REALIZE THAT DREAM, BUT I’M COMFORTED BY THE FACT THAT JERUSALEM IS NOT JUST A HOLY AND HISTORIC CITY. IT IS ALSO THE VISIONARY SYMBOL OF DREAMS THAT ALL PEOPLE SHARE AND THE DESTINY THAT WE ALL DESIRE IT IS THE ORIGINAL HEAVENLY SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. THIS THAT SENSE, TO MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY HEAVEN. IT IS TO THAT HEAVENLY JERUSALEM WHERE I AM CONFIDENT THE SOLE OF JOHN McCAIN. I IMAGINE THERE’S GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL HOME WAITING FOR HIM THERE WITH A BALCONY FROM WHICH HE CAN CONTEMPLATE THE SHINING CITY. AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRE US HERE ON EARTH TO CONDUCT OURSELVES WITH JUST SOME OF THE PATRIOTISM PRINCIPALS ENCOURAGED THAT CHARACTERIZED HIS MAGNIFICENT LIFE OF SERVICE TO AMERICA AND TO SO MANY NOBEL CAUSES GREATER THAN HIMSELF. GOD SPEED, DEAR FRIEND. MY ANGELS SING YOU TO YOUR ETERNAL HOME.>>>OUR COUNTRY HAS HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE IN THE TIMES OF NATIONAL FORTUNE, A FEW GREAT PERSONALITIES HAVE EMERGED. TO REMIND US OF OUR ESSENTIAL UNITY AND INSPIRE US TO FULFILL OUR SUSTAINING VALUES. JOHN McCAIN WAS ONE OF THOSE OF DESTINY. I MET JOHN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN APRIL 1973. AT A WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION FOR PRISONERS RETURNED FROM CAPTIVITY IN VIETNAM. HE HAD BEEN MUCH ON MY MIND DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS TO END THE VIETNAM WAR. PARTLY ALSO BECAUSE HIS FATHER THEN COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE PACIFIC COMMAND, WENT BRIEFING THE PRESIDENT AND SAID REFERENCES TO HIS SON BY SAYING ONLY, I PRAY FOR HIM. IN THE McCAIN FAMILY, NATIONAL SERVICE WAS ITS OWN REWARD. THEY DID NOT ALLOW FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT. I THOUGHT OF THAT VIETNAMESE CAPTIVES. DURING THE FINAL PHASE OF NEGOTIATIONS OFFERED TO RELIEVE JOHN, SO THAT HE COULD RETURN WITH ME ON THE OFFICIAL PLANE THAT HAD BROUGHT ME TO HANOI. AGAINST ALL MY INSTINCT, I THANKED THEM FOR THE OFFER, BUT REFUSED IT. I WONDERED WHAT JOHN WOULD SAY WHEN WE FINALLY MET. HIS GREETING WAS BOTH SELF EVASIVING AND MOVING. THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY HONOR. HE DID NOT TELL ME THEN OR EVER THAT HE HAD HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE FREED YEARS EARLIER, BUT HAD REFUSED, A DECISION FOR WHICH HE HAD TO ENDURE ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF ISOLATION AND HARDSHIP. NOR DID HE EVER SPEAK OF HIS CAPTIVITY AGAIN. DURING THE NEAR HALF CENTURY OF CLOSE FRIENDSHIP. JOHN’S FOCUS WAS ON CREATING A BETTER FUTURE. AS A SENATOR, HE SUPPORTED THE RESTORATION OF RELATIONS WITH VIETNAM. HELPED BRING IT ABOUT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. AND BECAME ONE OF THE ADVOCATES OF RECONCILIATION. HONOR WAS JOHN’S LONE STAR. IT IS AN INTANGIBLE QUALITY. IT IS NOT OBLIGATORY. IT HAS NO WRITTEN CODE. IT REFLECTS AN INWARD COMPULSION. FREE OF SELF INTEREST. IT FULFILLS A CAUSE NOT A PERSONAL AMBITION. IT REPRESENTS WHAT A SOCIETY LIVES FOR BEYOND THE NECESSITIES OF THE MOMENT. LAW MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE. FOR JOHN IT WAS A WAY OF LIFE. JOHN RETURNED HERE IN AMERICA DIVIDED OVER RESIDENCY. DIVIDED OVER THE WAR. AMIDST ALL THE TURMOIL AND CIVIC UNREST DIVIDED OVER THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND OVER WHETHER IT SHOULD BE RESPECTED FOR ITS POWER OR IT’S IDEAL. JOHN CAME BACK FROM THE WAR AND DECLARED THIS IS A BALD CHOICE. AMERICA OWED IT TO ITSELF TO EMBRACE THOSE STRENGTHS AND IDEALS. ULTIMATELY OF CHAIRMAN OF ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, JOHN WAS AN EXPONENT OF AN AMERICA STRONG ENOUGH TO VINDICATE IT’S PURPOSE, BUT JOHN BELIEVED ALSO IN A COMPASSIONATE AMERICA. GOVERNED BY — GUIDED BY CORE PRINCIPLES FOR WHICH AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY MUST ALWAYS STAND. LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL IS NOT THE SENTIMENT, HE ARGUED. IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATIONAL COUNTRY. TO JOHN, AMERICAN VANTAGES HAD UNIVERSAL APPLICABILITY. I DO NOT BELIEVE, HE SAID, THAT THERE IS AN EXCEPTION ANYMORE THAN THERE IS A BLACK EXCEPTION. OH A NATION OR LATIN EXCEPTION. HE WARNED AGAINST THE TEMPERATURATION OF WITHDRAW. WE WILL NOT THRIVE IN A WORLD HE WARNED WHERE OUR LEADERSHIP AND IDEALS ARE ABSENT. IN THIS MANNER, JOHN McCAIN’S NAME BECAME SYNONYMOUS WITH AN AMERICA THAT REACHED OUT TO A O JOHN WERE NEVER ACADEMIC MAX UPS. HE WAS IN THE FRONTLINES OF ALL THESE BATTLES. HE WAS AN ENGAGED WARRIOR FIGHTING FOR HIS CAUSES WITH COURAGE AND WITH HUMILITY TO THE LIMIT UNDEFEATABLE AND SOMETIMES MIRACULOUSLY EVEN BEYOND IT. JOHN WAS ALL ABOUT HOPE. IN A COMMENCEMENT SPEECH IN OHIO IN WESLEY UNIVERSITY, JOHN SUMMED UP THE ESSENCE OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF A LIFETIME. IF NO ONE LEAVES BEHIND A WASTED LIFE. LIFE LIKE MOST LIKE MY FANS. OF WHAT IS LOST AND CANNOT BE RESTORED, BUT IF THEY HAVE BEEN AND CATCH YOUR BEAUTY OF USE. ON EARTH. AND THAT IS THE LOVELY GIFT AT A MOMENT IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE SACRIFICE FOR SOMETHING GREATER THAN OURSELVES. HEROS INSPIRE US BY THE MATTER OF FACTNESS OF THEIR SACRIFICE. AND DEEP ELEVATION. THE WORLD WILL BE LONELIER WITHOUT JOHN McCAIN. HIS EM BOLE JENS. HIS FAITH IN AMERICA. EVEN ON HIS PARTING, HE HAS BESTOWED ON US A MUCH NEEDED MOMENT OF UNITY. AND A RENEWED FAITH IN THE POSSIBILITY OF AMERICA. HENCEFORTH, THE COUNTRY’S HONOR IS OURS TO OBTAIN. ♪♪ AMAZING GRACE. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>>THE NATION JOINS YOUR EXTRAORDINARY FAMILY IN GRIEF AND GRATITUDE FOR JOHN McCAIN. SOME LIVES ARE SO VIVID IT’S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE THEM ENDED. SOME VOICES ARE SO VIBRANT AND DISTINCTIVE. IT’S HARD TO THINK OF THEM STILL. THE ACCESS IS LIKE THE SILENCE AFTER A MIGHTY ROAR. THE THING RABBIT JOHN’S LIFE WAS THE AMAZING SWEEP OF IT. FROM A TINY CELL IN VIETNAM TO THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. FROM TROUBLE MAKING PLEA TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. WHEREVER JOHN PASSED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY KNEW THERE WAS A LEADER IN THEIR MIDST. ONE EPIC LIFE WAS WRITTEN ENCOURAGING GREATNESS OF OUR COUNTRY. FOR JOHN AND ME, THERE WAS A PERSONAL JOURNEY. OUR HARD FOUGHT POLITICAL HISTORY. BACK IN THE DAY, HE COULD FRUSTRATE ME. AND I KNOW HE WOULD SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT ME, BUT HE ALSO MADE ME BETTER. IN RECENT YEARS, WE SOMETIMES TALK OF THAT INTENSE PERIOD LIKE FOOTBALL PLAYERS. REMEMBERING A BIG GAME. IN THE PROCESS RIVALRY MELTED AWAY. IN THE END, I GOT TO ENJOY ONE OF LIFE’S GREAT GIFTS. THE FRIENDSHIP OF JOHN McCAIN. AND I MISS HIM. MOMENTS BEFORE MY LAST DEBATE EVER WITH SENATOR JOHN KERRY IN PHOENIX, I WAS TRYING TO GATHER THOUGHTS IN THE HOLDING ROOM. I FELT A PRESENCE. OPENED MY EYES AND SIX INCHES FROM MY FACE WAS McCAIN WHO YELLED, RELAX, RELAX. JOHN WAS ABOVE ALL A MAN WITH A CODE. HE LIVED BY A SET OF PUBLIC VIRTUES THAT BROUGHT STRENGTH AND PURPOSE TO HIS LIFE AND TO HIS COUNTRY. HE WAS COURAGEOUS. WITH A COURAGE THAT FRIGHTENED HIS CAPTORS AND INSPIRED HI COUNTRYMEN. HE WAS HONEST NO MATTER WHO IT OFFENDED. PRESIDENTS WERE NOT SPARED. HE WAS HONORABLE. ALWAYS RECOGNIZING THAT HIS OPPONENTS WERE STILL PATRIOTS AND HUMAN BEINGS. HE LOVED FREEDOM WITH A PASSION OF A MAN WHO KNEW ITS ABSENCE. HE RESPECTED THE DIGNITY INHERENT IN EVERY LIFE. A DIGNITY THAT DOES NOT SPOT AT BORDERS AND CANNOT BE ERASED BID DICTATORS. MOST OF ALL, JOHN DETESTED THE ABUSE OF POWER. COULD NOT ABIDE BIGOTS. SOMETHING DEEP INSIDE HIM THAT MADE HIM STAND UP FOR THE LITTLE GUY. SPEAK FOR FORGOTTEN PEOPLE IN FORGOTTEN PLACES. ONE FROM FROM HIS NAVAL ACADEMY DAYS JOHN WHILE A LOWLY PLEA REACTED TO SEEING AN UPPER CLASSMAN VERBALLY ABUSE A STUART. HE TOLD THE JERK TO PICK ON SOMEONE HIS OWN SIZE. IT WAS A FAMILIAR REFRAIN DURING HIS SIX DECADES OF SERVICE. WHERE DOES THE STRENGTH AND CONVICTION COME FROM, PERHAPS FROM A FAMILY WHERE HONOR WAS IN THE ATMOSPHERE OR FROM THE FIRST EXPERIENCE OF CRUELTY WHICH LEFT PHYSICAL REMINDERS THAT LASTED HIS WHOLE LIFE. OR FROM SOME DEEP WELL OF MORE OR LESS PRINCIPLE. WHATEVER THE CAUSE, IT WAS JUST COMBINATION OF COURAGE AND DECENCY THAT DEFINED JOHN’S CALLING. AND SO CLOSELY PARALLELED THE CALLING OF HIS COUNTRY. THIS COMBINATION OF COURAGE AND DECENCY THAT MAKES THE AMERICAN MILITARY SOMETHING NEW IN HISTORY. AN UNRIVALLED POWER FOR GOOD. THIS COMBINATION OF COURAGE AND DECENCY THAT SET AMERICA ON A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD. TO LIBERATE DEATH CAMPS. TO STAND GUARD AGAINST EXTREMISM. AND TO WORK FOR THE TRUE PEACE THAT COMES ONLY WITH FREEDOM. JOHN FELT THESE COMMITMENTS IN HIS BONES. IT IS A TRIBUTE TO HIS MORAL COMPASS THAT PRISONERS IN SO MANY PLACES FROM RUSSIA TO NORTH KOREA TO CHINA KNEW HE WAS ON THEIR SIDE. AND I THINK THEIR RESPECT MEANT MORE TO HIM THAN ANY METALS AND HONORS LIFE COULD BRING. THE PASSION FOR FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE EXTENDED TO OUR OWN MILITARY. WHEN A PRIVATE WAS POORLY EQUIPPED AND SEAMAN WAS OVERWORKED, JOHN ENJOYED NOTHING MORE THAN DRESS DISTRICT MANAGER DOWN AN ADMIRAL OR GENERAL. HE REMAINED A TROUBLESOME PLEA UNTIL THE TEND. THOSE IN POLITICAL POWER WERE NOT EXEMPT. AT VARIOUS POINTS THROUGHOUT HIS LONG CAREER, JOHN CONFRONTED POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT HE BELIEVED WERE UNWORTHY OF HIS COUNTRY. TO THE FACE OF THOSE IN AUTHORITY JOHN WOULD INSIST WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS. JOHN IS THE FIRST TO TELL YOU HE’S NOT A PERFECT MAN, BUT HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO NATIONAL IDEALS THAT ARE AS PERFECT AS MEN AND WOMEN HAVE YET CONCEIVED. HE WAS MOTIVATED BY A VISION OF AMERICA CARRIED FORWARD AND UPWARD ON THE STRENGTH OF PRINCIPLES. SAW COUNTRY NOT ONLY AS PHYSICAL PLACE OR POWER, BUT AS THE CARRIER OF ENDURING HUMAN ASPIRATIONS. AN ADVOCATE FOR THE OPPRESSED, DEFENDER OF THE PEACE, AS A PROMISE ON WAIVERS, UNDEMMED, UNEQUAL. THE STRENGTH OF A DEMOCRACY IS RENEWED BY AFFIRMING THE PRINCIPALS ON WHICH IT WAS FOUNDED. AN AMERICA SOMEHOW ALWAYS FOUND LEADERS WHO WERE UP TO THAT TASK. PARTICULARLY AT A TIME OF GREATEST NEED. JOHN WAS BORN TO MEET THAT KIND OF CHALLENGE. DEFEND AND DEMONSTRATE THE DEFINING IDEALS OF OUR NATION. IF WE’RE EVER TEMPTED TO FORGET WHO WE ARE, GROW WEARY OF THE CAUSE, JOHN’S VOICE WILL COME OVER THE SHOULDER. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS. JOHN WAS A RESTLESS SOUL. HE REALLY DIDN’T GLORY IN SUCCESS OR WALLOW IN FAILURE. BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS ON TO THE NEXT THING. FRIENDS SAID HE CAN’T STAY IN THE SAME EXPERIENCE. ONE OF HIS BOOKS ENDED WITH THE WORDS AND I MOVED ON. JOHN HAS MOVED ON. HE WOULD PROBABLY NOT WANT US TO DWELL ON IT, BUT WE ARE BETTER FOR HIS PRESENCE AMONG US. WORLD IS SMALLER FOR HIS DEPARTURE AND WE WILL REMEMBER HIM AS HE WAS, UNWAVERING, UNDEMMED, UNEQUAL. TO JOHN’S BELOVED FAMILY, MRS. McCAIN, TO CINDY AND THE McCAIN CHILDREN, AND AS JOHN WOULD SAY, MY FRIENDS. WE COME TO CELEBRATE AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN. A WARRIOR. A STATESMAN. A PATRIOT. EMBODIED SO MUCH THAT HIS BEST IN AMERICA. PRESIDENT BUSH AND I ARE AMONG THE FORTUNATE FEW WHO COMPETED AGAINST JOHN AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF POLITICS. HE MADE US BETTER PRESIDENTS, JUST AS HE MADE THE SENATE BETTER. JUST AS HE MADE THIS COUNTRY BETTER. SO FOR SOMEONE LIKE JOHN TO ASK YOU WHILE HE’S STILL ALIVE TO STAND AND SPEAK OF HIM WHEN HE’S GONE IS A PRECIOUS AND SINGULAR HONOR. WHEN JOHN CALLED ME WITH THAT REQUEST EARLIER THIS YEAR, I’LL ADMIT, SADNESS, AND ALSO A CERTAIN SURPRISE. AFTER THE CONVERSATION ENDED, I REALIZED HOW WELL IT CAPTURED SOME OF JOHN’S ESSENTIAL QUALITIES. TO START WITH, JOHN LIKED BEING UNPREDICTABLE. EVEN LOAN CONTRARY. HE HAD NO INTEREST IN CONFORMING AND DIDN’T WANT A MEMORIAL THAT WAS GOING TO BE PREPACKAGED EITHER. ALSO SHOWED JOHN’S DISDAIN FOR SELF PITY. HE HAD BEEN TO HELL AND BACK AND YET SOMEHOW NEVER LOST HIS ENERGY OR HIS OPTIMISM FOR LIFE. SO CANCER DID NOT SCARE HIM. AND HE WOULD MAINTAIN THAT BUOYANT SPIRIT TO THE VERY END. TOO STUBBORN TO SIT STILL, OPINIONATED AS EVER, FIERCELY DEVOTED TO FRIENDS AND MOST OF ALL TO HIS FAMILY. IT SHOWED HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, LITTLE BIT OF A WHAT BETTER WAY TO GET A LAUGH THAN MAKE GEORGE AND I SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT HIM TO A NATIONAL AUDIENCE. AND MOST OF ALL, IT SHOWED A LARGENESS OF SPIRIT. AN ABILITY TO SEE PAST DIFFERENCES IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND. AND IN FACT, ON THE SURFACE, JOHN AND I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT. WE’RE OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, I CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME AND NEVER KNEW MY FATHER. JOHN WAS THE STEIN OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DISTINGUISHED MILITARY FAMILIES. I HAVE A REPUTATION FOR KEEPING COOL. JOHN NOT SO MUCH. WE WERE STANDARD BEARERS OF DIFFERENT POLITICAL TRADITIONS AND THROUGHOUT MY PRESIDENCY SI, JOHN NEVER HESITATED TO TELL ME WHEN HE THOUGHT I WAS SCREWING UP, WHICH BY HIS CALCULATION WAS ABOUT ONCE A DAY, BUT FOR ALL OUR DIFFERENCES, FOR ALL THE TIMES WE SPARKED. I NEVER TRIED TO HIDE AND I THINK JOHN CAME TO UNDERSTAND THE LONG STANDING ADMIRATION THAT I HAD FOR HIM. BY HIS OWN ACCOUNT, JOHN WAS A REBELLIOUS YOUNG MAN. IN HIS CASE, THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DISTINGUISH YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE THE SON AND GRANDSON OF ADMIRALS THAN TO MUTINY. EVENTUALLY HE CONCLUDED THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY MAKE HIS MARK ON THE WORLD IS TO COMMIT TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. AND FOR JOHN, THAT MEANT ANSWERING THE HIGHEST OF CALLINGS. SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN A TIME OF WAR. OTHERS THIS WEEK AND THIS MORNING HAVE SPOKEN TO THE DEPTHS OF HIS TORMENT AND THE DEPTHS OF HIS COURAGE THERE IN THE CELLS OF HANOI WHEN DAY AFTER DAY, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THAT YOUTHFUL IRON WAS TEMPERED INTO STEEL. BRINGS TO MIND SOMETHING THAT HEMMINGWAY WROTE IN A BOOK THAT MEGAN REFERRED TO, HIS FAVORITE BOOK. TODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY IN ALL THE DAYS THAT WILL EVER BE, BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ALL THE OTHER DAYS THAT EVER COME CAN DEPEND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. IN CAPTIVITY, JOHN LEARNED IN WAYS THAT FEW OF US EVER WILL, THE MEANING OF THOSE WORDS. HOW EACH MOMENT, EACH DAY, EACH CHOICE IS A TEST. AND JOHN McCAIN PASSED THAT TEST AGAIN, AND, AGAIN, AND, AGAIN. WHEN JOHN SPOKE WITH VIRTUES LIKE SERVICE AND DUTY, IT DIDN’T RING HALLOW. THEY WEREN’T JUST WORDS TO HIM. IT WAS A TRUTH THAT HE HAD LIFTED. AND FOR WHICH HE WAS PREPARED TO DIE. IT ENFORCED EVEN THE MOST CYNICAL TO CONSIDER WHAT WERE WE DOING FOR OUR COUNTRY? WHAT MIGHT WE RISK EVERYTHING FOR? MUCH HAS BEEN SAID THIS WEEK ABOUT WHAT A MAVERICK JOHN WAS. NFTD. IN FACT. JOHN WAS A PRETTY CONSERVATIVE GUY. TRUST ME, I WAS ON THE END OF SOME OF THOSE VOTES. HE DID UNDERSTAND SOME PRINCIPLES TRANSCEND POLITICS. SOME VALUES TRANSCEND PARTY. HE CONSIDERED IT PART OF HIS DUTY TO UPHOLD THOSE PRINCIPLES AND UPHOLD THOSE VALUES. JOHN CARED ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONS OF SELF GOVERNMENT, OUR CONSTITUTION, WILL OF RIGHTS. RULE OF LAW. SEPARATION OF POWERS. EVEN THE RULES AND PROCEDURES OF THE SENATE. HE KNEW THAT IN A NATION AS BIG AND BOISTEROUS AND DIVERSE AS OURS, THOSE INSTITUTIONS, THOSE RULES, THOSE NORMS ARE WHAT BIND US TOGETHER. THEY GIVE SHAPE AND ORDER TO OUR COMMON LIFE. JOHN BELIEVED IN HONEST ARGUMENT IN HEARING OTHER VIEWS. UNDERSTOOD IF WE GET IN THE HABIT OF BENDING THE TRUTH TO SUIT POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OR PARTY ORTHODOXY, OUR DEMOCRACY WILL NOT WORK. SOMETIMES WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. THAT’S WHY HE CHAMPIONED A FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS. THE FACT IT EARNED HIM GOOD COVERAGE DIDN’T HURT EITHER. JOHN UNDERSTAND AS JFK UNDERSTOOD, AS RONALD REAGAN UNDERSTOOD, THAT PART OF WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT IS THAT OUR MEMBERSHIP IS BASED NOT ON BLOODLINE. NOT ON WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. NOT WHAT OUR LAST NAMES ARE. NOT BASED WHERE OUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM. OR HOW RECENTLY THEY ARRIVED. ON ADHERENCE TO A COMMON THEME THAT ALL OF US ARE CREATED EQUAL. AND DIALLED BY OUR CREATOR TO CERTAIN RIGHTS. IT’S BEEN MENTIONED TODAY AND WE SEE FOOTAGE THIS WEEK OF JOHN PUSHING BACK AGAINST SUPPORTERS WHO CHALLENGED MY PATRIOTISM DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN. I NEVER SAW JOHN TREAT ANYONE DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR RELIGION OR GENDER. I’M CERTAIN IN THE MOMENTS REFERRED TO DURING THE CAMPAIGN, HE SAW HIMSELF AS DEFENDING AMERICA’S CHARACTER. NOT JUST MINE. CONSIDERED IT TO BE IMPERATIVE OF EVERY CITIZEN WHO LOVES THIS COUNTRY TO TREAT ALL PEOPLE FAIRLY. AND FINALLY WHILE JOHN AND I DISAGREED ON ALL KINDS OF FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES, WE STOOD TOGETHER ON AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE ONE FORMATION BELIEVING THAT WITH GREAT POWER AND GREAT BLESSINGS COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. THAT BURDEN IS BORN. SERVICE MEMBERS LIKE DOUG, JIMMY, JACK WHO FOLLOWED THEIR FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS, AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES WHO SERVE ALONGSIDE OUR TROOPS, BUT JOHN UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR SECURITY AND OUR INFLUENCE WAS ONE NOT JUST BY OUR MILITARY MIGHT. NOT JUST BY OUR WEALTH, NOT JUST BY OUR ABILITY TO BEND OTHERS TO OUR WILL, BUT FROM OUR CAPACITY TO INSPIRE OTHERS. WITH OUR ADHERENCE TO A SET OF UNIVERSAL VALUES. OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. OF COURSE JOHN WAS THE FIRST TO TELL US HE WAS NOT PERFECT. LIKE ALL OF US WHO GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE, HE DID HAVE AN EGO. LIKE ALL OF US, THERE WAS NO DOUBTS IN VOTES HE CAST. SOME COMPROMISES HE STRUCK. SOME DECISIONS HE MADE THAT HE WISHED HE COULD HAVE BACK. IT’S NO SECRET IT’S BEEN MENTIONED HEAD HAD A TEMPER. AND WHEN IT FLARED UP, IT WAS A FORCE OF NATURE. A WONDER TO BEHOLD. HIS JAW GRINDING, HIS FACE REDDENING. HIS EYES BORING A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH YOU. NOT THAT I EVER EXPERIENCED IT FIRSTHAND, MIND YOU, BUT TO KNOW JOHN WAS TO KNOW THAT AS QUICK AS HIS PASSIONS MIGHT FLAIR, HE WAS JUST AS QUICK TO POR GIVE AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. HE KNEW MORE THAN MOST HIS OWN FLAWS. THEY KNEW HOW TO LAUGH AT HIMSELF. WE DIDN’T ADVERTISE IT, BUT EVERY SO OFTEN JOHN WOULD COME OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE WOULD JUST SIT AND TALK IN THE OVAL OFFICE, JUST THE TWO OF US. WE TALKED ABOUT POLICY AND FAMILY. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR POLITICS. THOSE WERE REAL CONVERSATIONS. THEY WERE OFTEN DEEP. WHAT WE ENJOYED THE TIME WE SHARED AWAY FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS. WE LAUGHED WITH EACH OTHER. AND WE LEARNED FROM EACH OTHER. WE NEVER DOUBTED THE OTHER MAN’S SINCERITY. OR THE OTHER MAN’S PATRIOTISM OR THAT WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE, WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM. WE NEVER DOUBTED WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM. FOR ALL OF OUR DIFFERENCES, WE SHARE ADD FIDELITY TO THE IDEALS FOR WHICH GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAD MARCHED AND FOUGHT AND SACRIFICED. AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES. WE CONSIDERED OUR POLITICAL BATTLES A PRIVILEGE. TO DO OUR BEST TO ADVANCE THEM AROUND THE WORLD. WE SAW THIS COUNTRY AS A PLACE WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. AND CITIZENSHIP WAS AN OBLIGATION TO TEN SURE IT FOREVER REMAINS THAT WAY. MORE THAN ONCE DURING HIS CAREER, JOHN DREW COMPARISONS TO TEDDY ROOSEVELT. I’M SURE IT’S BEEN MOTED THAT ROOSEVELT MAN IN THE ARENA SEEMS TAILORED TO JOHN. MOST OF YOU KNOW IT. ROOSEVELT SPEAKS OF THOSE WHO STRIVE, WHO DARE TO DO GREAT THINGS, WHO SOMETIMES WIN AND SOMETIMES COME UP SHORT. BUT ALWAYS RELISH A GOOD FIGHT. CONTRAST TO COLD TIMID SOULS WHO KNOW NEITHER VICTORY NOR DEFEAT. ISN’T THAT THE SPIRIT WE CELEBRATE THIS WEEK? THAT STRIVING TO BE BETTER, TO DO BETTER? TO BE WORTHY. OF THE GREAT INHERITANCE OUR FOUNDERS BESTOWED. SO MUCH OF OUR POLITICS OR PUBLIC DISCOURSE CAN SEEM SO SMALL. AND MEAN AND PETTY. PHONY CONTROVERSIES. MANUFACTURERS OUTRAGE. POLITICS THAT PRETEND TO BE BRAVE AND TOUGH, BUT IN FACT IS BORN OF FEAR. JOHN CALLED ON US TO BE BIGGER THAN THAT. HE HAS CALLED ON US TO BE BETTER THAN THAT. TODAY IS ONLY ONE DAY AND ALL THE DAYS THAT WILL EVER BE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ALL OF THE OTHER DAYS THAT WILL EVER COME CAN DEPEND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY. WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOR JOHN McCAIN’S LIFE OF SERVICE THAN AS BEST WE CAN. FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE. PROVE THAT THE WILLINGNESS TO GET IN THE ARENA AND FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY IS NOT RESERVED FOR THE FEW. IT IS OPEN TO ALL OF US. AND, IN FACT, IT’S DEMANDED OF ALL OF US AS CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC. THAT’S PERHAPS HOW WE HONOR HIM BEST. BY RECOGNIZING THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS BIGGER THAN PARTY OR AMBITION OR MONEY OR FAME OR POWER. THERE’S SOME THINGS THAT ARE WORTH RISKING EVERYTHING FOR. PRINCIPALS THAT ARE ETERNAL. TRUTHS THAT ARE ABIDING. IT IS BEST JOHN SHOWED US WHAT THAT MEANS. FOR THAT, WE ARE ALL DEEPLY IN HIS DEBT. GOD BLESS, JOHN McCAIN. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY HE SERVED SO WELL. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ HE IS TRAMPLING OUT THE VINTAGE WHERE THE GRAPES OF WRATH ARE STORED ♪ ♪ HE HATH LOOSED THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING OF HIS TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD ♪ ♪ HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ I HAVE SEEN HIM IN THE WATCH FIRES OF 100 CIRCLING CAMPS ♪ ♪ THEY HAVE BUILDED HIM AN ALTAR IN THE EVENING DEWS AND DAMPS ♪ ♪ I CAN READ HIS RIGHTEOUS SENTENCE BY THE DIM AND FLARING LAMPS HIS DAY IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES CHRIST WAS BORN ACROSS THE SEA ♪ ♪ WITH THE GLORY IN HIS BOSOM THAT TRANSFIGURED YOU AND ME ♪ ♪ AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN WHOLE ♪ ♪ LET US LIVE TO MAKE MEN FREE ♪ OUR GOD IS MARCHING ON ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ OUR GOD IS MARCHING ON ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪>>>LET US PRAY. OH, GOD OF GRACE AND GLORY. WE REMEMBER BEFORE YOU THIS DAY OUR BROTHER JOHN. WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING HIM TO US, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO KNOW AND LOVE AS COMPANION ON OUR EARTHLY PILGRIMAGE. IN YOUR BOUNDLESS COMPASSION, CONSOLE US WHO MOURN. GIVE US FAITH TO SEE IN DEATH THE GATE OF ETERNAL LIFE SO THAT IN QUIET CONFIDENCE WE MAY CONTINUE OUR COURSE ON EARTH UNTIL BY YOUR CALL WE ARE REUNITED WITH THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE. THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, AMEN. MOST MERCIFUL GOD WHOSE WISDOM IS BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING, DEAL GRACIOUSLY WITH JOHN’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THEIR GRIEF. SURROUND THEM WITH YOUR LOVE THAT THEY MAY NOT BE OVERWHELMED BY THEIR LOSS, BUT HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR GOODNESS AND STRENGTH TO MEET THE DAYS TO COME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN. A EREADING FROM THE BOOK OF WISDOM. THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD. NO TORMENT WILL EVER TOUCH THEM. IN EYES OF THE FOOLISH THEY SEEMED TO HAVE DIED AND DEPARTURE A DISASTER AND GOING TO BE DESTRUCTION, BUT THEY ARE AT PEACE. FOR THOUGH IN THE SITE OF OTHERS, THEY WERE PUNISHED. THEIR HOPE IS FULL OF IMMORTALITY. HAVING BEEN DISCIPLINED A LITTLE, THEY WILL RECEIVE GREAT GOOD. GOD TESTED THEM AND FOUND THEM WORTHY OF HIMSELF. THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM WILL UNDERSTAND TRUTH. AND THE FAITHFUL WILL ABIDE WITH HIM AND LOVE BECAUSE GRACE AND MERCY ARE UPON HIS HOLY ONES AND HE WHO WATCHINGS OVER HIS ELECT. THE WORD OF THE LORD.>>THANKS BE TO GOD. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I’LL NOT WANT HE MAKES ME DOWN TO LIE ♪ ♪ IN PASTURES GREEN HE LEADETH ME THE QUIET WATERS BY ♪ ♪ MY SOUL HE DOTH RESTORE AGAIN ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ FOR HIS NAME ♪ ♪ THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH ♪ ♪ I WILL FEAR NO EVIL ♪ ♪ FOR THOU ART WITH ME THY ROD AND THY STAFF ♪ ♪ AND YOU COMFORT ME ♪ ♪♪ ♪ HE PREPARE ETHIA TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES ♪ ♪ MY ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL AND MY CUP OVERFLOWS ♪ ♪ SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE ♪ ♪ AND I SHALL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER AND EVER ♪ ♪ FOREVER ♪ ♪♪ >>A READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO THE CHRISTIANIANS. WE ARE ALWAYS CONFIDENT EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THAT WE ARE CALM IN THE BODY WE ARE AWAY FROM THE LORD FOR WE WALK BAY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. YES, WE DO HAVE CONFIDENCE, AND WE WOULD RATHER BE AWAY FROM THE BODY AND AT HOME WITH THE LORD. THE WORD OF THE LORD.>>THANKS BE TO GOD. ♪♪ ♪ OH, LORD, MY GOD WHEN I IN AWESOME WONDER CONSIDER ALL THE WORLDS THY HANDS HAVE MADE ♪ ♪ I SEE THE STARS I HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER THY POWER THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE DISPLAYED ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ WHEN CHRIST SHALL COME WITH SHOUT OF ACCLAMATION AND TAKE ME HOME WHAT JOY SHALL FILL MY HEART ♪ ♪ THEN I SHALL BOW IN HUMBLE ADORATION AND THERE PROCLAIM MY GOD HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ OH, LORD, MY GOD WHEN I IN AWESOME WONDER CONSIDER ALL THE WORLDS THY HANDS HAVE MADE ♪ ♪ I SEE THE STARS I HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER THY POWER THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE DISPLAYED ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW IT GREAT THOU ART ♪♪ ♪ WHEN CHRIST SHALL COME WITH SHOUT OF ACCLAMATION AND TAKE ME HOME WHAT JOY SHALL FILL MY HEART ♪ ♪ THEN I SHALL BOW IN HUMBLE ADORATION AND THERE PROCLAIM MY GOD HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪ ♪ THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART HOW GREAT THOU ART ♪♪ ♪ THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE ♪♪ >>A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN. CHAPTER 15, VERSES 12 THROUGH 13. JESUS SAID, “THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR ONE’S FRIENDS.” THE WORD OF THE LORD.>>THANKS BE TO GOD.>>LET US REMEMBER JOHN McCAIN WITH THE WORDS OF THE JESUIT POET GERARD MANLY HOPKINS. WHAT I DO IS ME, FOR THAT I CAME. BUT I SAY MORE. THE JUST MAN JUSTICES KEEPS GRACE THAT KEEPS ALL HIS GOINGS GRACES. ACTS IN GOD’S EYE, WHAT IN GOD’S EYE HE IS, CHRIST. FOR CHRIST PLAYS IN 10,000 PLACES, LOVELY IN LIMBS, LOVELY IN EYES, NOT HIS. TO THE FATHER THROUGH THE FEATURES OF MEN’S FACES. DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING JOHN FOR SAINTHOOD. HE WAS SO VERY HUMAN, AND FOR THAT REASON WE CAN SEE GOD IN HIS LIFE. HE WAS THE JUST MAN JUSTICING, FOR JOHN McCAIN EVERY HUMAN BEING DESERVED TO BE TREATED JUSTLY. HE SAW GOD OUR FATHER THROUGH THE FEATURES OF EVERY PERSON, ESPECIALLY THE POOR AND THOSE PERSECUTED BY POWER AND THOSE IN NEED. JOHN WAS A MAN WHO LOVED, AND HE KNEW THAT LOVE IS SEEN IN ACTIONS, IN DOING. HE WAS SO OFTEN SURROUNDED BY THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HE HAD SUCH SPECIAL AFFECTION FOR. WE CAN HEAR HIM IN SHAKESPEARE’S WORDS, BUT WE, WE SHALL BE REMEMBERED. WE, WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS. LOVE IS TRULY SHOWN IN ACTION, IN GOD, IN HIS LOVE HAS GIVEN US THIS WARRIOR AS A SIGN WHO ACTED IN GOD’S EYE, WHAT IN GOD’S EYE HE WAS. THOUGH WE ARE SAD, WE DO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF OUR FRIEND, HUSBAND, FATHER, SENATOR, AND WARRIOR. BECAUSE HE DID KEEP GRACE, CHRIST PLAYING IN 10,000 PLACES. HE GAVE US AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO LIVE, HOW TO BE THE JUST MAN. WITH ST. PAUL, JOHN CAN NOW SAY I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. GOOD-BYE, JOHN McCAIN. ♪♪ ♪ OH DANNY BOY THE PIPES THE PIPES ARE CALLING ♪ ♪ FROM GLEN TO GLEN AND DOWN THE MOUNTAINSIDE ♪ ♪ THE SUMMER’S GONE AND ALL THE ROSES FALLING ♪ ♪ IT’S YOU IT’S YOU MUST GO AND I MUST BIDE ♪ ♪ BUT COME YE BACK WHEN SUMMER’S IN THE MEADOW ♪ ♪ OR WHEN THE VALLEY’S HUSHED AND WHITE WITH SNOW ♪ ♪ IT’S I’LL BE HERE IN SUNSHINE OR IN SHADOW ♪ ♪ OH DANNY BOY OH DANNY BOY I LOVE YOU SO ♪ ♪ AND IF YOU COME WHEN ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING ♪ ♪ AND I AM DEAD AS DEAD I WELL MAY BE ♪ ♪ PLEASE COME AND FIND THE PLACE WHERE I AM LYING ♪ ♪ AND KNEEL AND SAY AN AVE THERE FOR ME ♪ ♪ AND I SHALL HEAR THOUGH SOFT YOU TREAD ABOVE ME ♪ ♪ AND ALL MY DREAMS — ALL MY GRAVE WILL WARMER SWEETER BE ♪ ♪ FOR YOU WILL BEND AND TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME ♪ ♪ AND I SHALL SLEEP IN PEACE UNTIL YOU COME TO ME ♪♪ ♪ AND I SHALL SLEEP IN PEACE UNTIL YOU COME TO ME ♪♪>>AS JESUS TAUGHT US SO WE NOW PRAY. OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THIGH KINGDOM COME, THEY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT’S IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US, AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. FOR THINE IT THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN.>>FOR OUR BROTHER JOHN, LET US PRAY TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO SAID I AM RESURRECTION, AND I AM LIFE. LORD, YOU’VE CONSOLED MARTHA AND MARY IN THEIR DISTRESS. DRAW NEAR TO US WHO MOURN FOR JOHN, AND DRY THE TEARS OF THOSE WHO WEEP.>>HEAR US, LORD.>>YOU WEPT AT THE GRAVE OF LAZARUS, YOUR FRIEND. COMFORT US IN OUR SORROW.>>HEAR US, LORD.>>YOU RAISED THE DEAD TO LIFE. GIVE TO OUR BROTHER ETERNAL LIFE.>>HEAR US, LORD.>>YOU PROMISED PARADISE TO THE THIEF WHO REPENTED. BRING OUR BROTHER TO THE JOYS OF HEAVEN.>>HEAR US, LORD.>>COMFORT US IN OUR SORROWS AT THE DEATH OF OUR BROTHER. LET OUR FAITH BE OUR CONSOLATION AND ETERNAL LIFE OUR HOPE.>>FATHER OF ALL, WE PRAY TO YOU FOR JOHN AND FOR ALL THOSE WHOM WE LOVE BUT SEE NO LONGER. GRANT TO THEM ETERNAL REST. LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM. MAY HIS SOUL AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE, AMEN. ♪ OH BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES ♪ ♪ FOR AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN ♪ ♪ FOR PURPLE MOUNTAINS’ MAJESTY ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAIN ♪ ♪ AMERICA AMERICA ♪ ♪ GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE ♪ ♪ AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD ♪ ♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪ ♪ O BEAUTIFUL FOR MERCY MORE THAN LIFE ♪ ♪ AMERICA AMERICA GOD WATCH MY SOUL IN CONTROL ♪ ♪ BY LIBERTY IN LIFE ♪ ♪♪ ♪ O BEAUTIFUL FOR PRATT DREAM THAT SEES BEYOND THE YEARS ♪ ♪ THINE ALABASTER CITIES GLEAM UNDIMMED BY HUMAN TEARS ♪ ♪ AMERICA AMERICA GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE ♪ ♪ AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD ♪ ♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪♪>>GIVE REST, O CHRIST, TO YOUR –>>A POWERFUL TRIBUTE THAT WE’VE BEEN WITNESSING HERE FOR SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. AMAZING ENDING THERE WITH “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL,” THE ENTIRE — THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION SINGING ALONG. MICHAEL’S STILL WITH ME. IT WAS A TRIBUTE FIT FOR A PRESIDENT. A TRIBUTE FIT FOR AN AMERICAN HERO, MICHAEL. SO MANY POWERFUL MOMENTS, I’M STILL — I’M STILL RECOVERING FROM WATCHING CINDY McCAIN LET IT ALL OUT AT THE END THERE” DANNY BOY,” AND THE GRIEVING. YOU COULD SEE IT. AND IT BEGAN WITH MEGHAN McCAIN’S TRIBUTE. >>A WIFE WHO LOVED HER HUSBAND, LISTENING TO HIS FAVORITE SONG AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE. MEGHAN McCAIN — ONE TEST OF A POLITICAL LEADER IS WHAT THEIR KIDS SAY. OFTEN THESE ARE DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS, LOOK HOW MUCH MEGHAN LOVED HER FATHER. THERE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A SUBTEXT OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JOHN McCAIN AND DONALD TRUMP. IT BECAME MORE PROMINENT THAN THAT –>>TEXT ALMOST MORE THAN SUBTEXT.>>MEGHAN McCAIN SAYS THE AMERICA OF JOHN McCAIN HAS NO NEED TO BE MADE GREAT AGAIN BECAUSE AMERICA WAS ALWAYSCLAPPT LINE. YOU CAN’T BE MORE DIRECT THAN THAT.>>THROUGH PRESIDENTS MOURNED SENATOR McCAIN IN THE FRONT ROW OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL WHILE THE ACTUAL PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS GOLFING. WAS AT HIS GOLF CLUB. THAT’S WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW.>>TO SENATOR McCAIN AND SENATOR McCAIN’S FAMILY, JUST THANK YOU FOR THAT POWERFUL REAFFIRMATION OF AMERICAN PATRIOTISM AND THAT POWERFUL CELEBRATION OF WHAT AMERICA IS, WAS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE. WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE ON TODAY’S MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SENATOR McCAIN ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF “NIGHTLY NEWS” TONIGHT. THAT’S ANCHORED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, LESTER HOLT. ALSO TOMORROW MORNING ON “TODAY” AND “MEET THE PRESS.” FOR NOW, WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE YOU WITH SENATOR McCAIN IN HIS OWN WORDS FROM HIS BOOK, “THE RESTLESS WAVE.”>>THE WORLD IS A FINE PLACE AND WORTH FIGHTING FOR, AND I HATE VERY MUCH HATE TO LEAVE IT. MY HERO ROBERT JORDAN? — HERO ROBERT JORDAN IN “FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS,” I DON’T HAVE A COMPLAINT, NOT ONE. IT’S BEEN QUITE A RIDE. I’VE KNOWN GREAT PASSION, SEEN AMAZING WONDERS, FOUGHT IN A WAR, AND HELPED MAKE A PEACE. I’VE LIVED VERY WELL, AND I’VE BEEN DEPRIVED OF ALL COMFORTS. I’VE BEEN AS LONELY AS A PERSON CAN BE, AND I’VE ENJOYED THE COMPANY OF HEROES. I’VE SUFFERED THE DEEPEST DESPAIR AND EXPERIENCED THE HIGH HIGHEST EXULTATION. I MADE A SMALL PLACE FOR MYSELF IN THE STORY OF AMERICA, IN THE HISTORY OF MY TIMES. I HOPE THOSE WHO MOURN MY PASSING AND EVEN THOSE WHO DON’T WILL CELEBRATE AS I CELEBRATE A HAPPY LIFE LIVED IN IMPERFECT SERVICE TO A COUNTRY MADE OF IDEALS WHOSE CONTINUED SUCCESS IS THE HOPE OF THE WORLD.

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  1. Hello guys, one of my closest friends died in a car crash 2 days ago and his family cannot afford the funeral can you lot please donate anything you can as it will help with costs for the funeral

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  2. Hey that's Tiny Tim on the fiddle… wonder if he can play Tip Toe Through The Tulips. yeah we really sad to see this crooked sob go… my guess he's being judged right about now. I'm sorry but this guy don't deserve any respect in my book. this kind of funeral service should be reserved for true and I mean True American Hero's

  3. Johnie was a POS. Happy to see him dead. did I say he was a traitor to the USA. Quite a few Americans want to know how much it cost to bury this POS but numbers are hard to get. Wait until I see how much a 5 day funeral costs for a POS.

  4. Kelly does not hurt/sad/devastated, all the things a daughter would be. Yet, the wife, In all the pictures/videos I have seen looks Angry/mad/beaten. If anything was not as we were made to believe about this, We truly believe Kelly has been protected and ONLY KNOW HER FATHER. the man at home. Many times this is the case. Our heart goes out to her. Been quite a week for me, I been watching a lot of tv and reading. I suggest a nice relax me type book, away from all the evil of our world, nothing political, by Pier Anthony, NTChere- tv show VERY GreQt tv show, Homeland. I felt so sorry for the daughter in that show she was so left in the DARK.

  5. anyone notice that in one picture John Mccain has the support/ankle bracelet on the left leg then in the picture right after its on his right leg ? 2:18:58 and 2:19:05

  6. Must be hard to have a funeral for a traitor who got executed for treason But my heart still aches for the family as a father, husband !

  7. He was put to death. The truth is out there. Maniac, episode 9. It’s a true story and probably what happened and why he died.

  8. Meaning. "son of Ian"Β McCainΒ is an English-language surname derived from Gaelic. The surname is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Mac Cain,Β meaningΒ "son of Cain (Cain)".

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  10. BEST EVER GREAT HERO WILL BE MISSED HE SAID ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY WARS YOU ARE ALL HEROS AND YOUR GOVERNMENT OWES YOU THANKS THANK GOD FOR THE VA THE DAV THAT HELP THOSE HEROS

  11. Anyone who trash talks a dead person has some serious issues! I was always on the other side of the aisle as John McCain but I will never doubt the fact he was an American war hero. Common decency dictates that you should not speak ill of the dead. RIP John McCain A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!

  12. He was a terrible man he not a American he brought nothing but problems nice photo with Isis leader going into other countries destroying these countries the blood on this man's hands

  13. Last time I seen McCain alive he was literally running from a lynch mob Navajo Nation. Too bad they didn't catch him. The headlines almost read: McCain hung at Window Rock 2015 !!!! Hahahahaahahaaa

  14. A Navy Captain, a POW, a man of the people, CAPT John McCain was a man of integrity, loyalty, kindness, compassion and outstanding respect! Sir you will be very truly missed by Americans everywhere, but your legacy is and forever will be firmly entrenched into the very soil of America that you protected with your service as a Navy Captain, a Senator and a man so many Americans including myself are proud to call a hero, Rest In Peace Sir! I respectfully request that all negative comments be permanently deleted from this video for we're not here to shame him nor talk him down, we are here to pay tribute to a great man who even now continues to inspire us all, whether we follow his example into the service of our country in the military or in politics we owe it to him and all the McCain family to leave with this one solemn final thought: John McCain, Serviceman, Congressman, Senator, Presidential Nominee, friend to so many, gone but never forgotten!

  15. No open coffin then πŸ˜‚ please do me a favour. He's probably watching his own funeral on TV in some deep underground military base. πŸ˜‚ LMAO

  16. Are all these commenters mad cause he was a republican who voted conservative? Cause a video I saw before he voted conservative most of the comments were all positive and mostly coming from republicans.

  17. To do are piopple for time city grack hise so old and that thay because ask doing grow much are whare how much really being bring hise cant nice freedom aper high troulle than that risent to the bough really everything nine so finds thise persione make in frue.

  18. To read the comment section proofs to me how necessary people like McCain are to the country. Not because he was perfect by any means but because he strove to do the right things. With all his imperfections and even considering his mistakes: By what I witnessed of him, I feel he was a role model in his later years. To the people leaving vile comments: If you look at your own live, what do you see on comparison? Ah, don’t bother.

  19. The FIRST of a long line of funerals we'll see in the near future: Kissinger, GHWBush, George SOROS (oh no, no public funeral for a HUMAN trafficker), JDRothschild…It'll be A SHOW 😈😈😈

  20. DELETE THOSE MEAN COMMENTS ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN. You guys are being disrespectful of his passing. Use your fricken manners.

  21. Friend of ISIS, WAR HAWK, HATED The President and America. The Buish dynasty hated America but sucked it dry of every dollar it could get. There was nothing honorable about McCain, nor his father who served. McCain was as traitor but he'll be buried with heroes sadly, tarnishing their gallant efforts. Well he's dead and so is another traitor in Bush. The enemies of the country will be allowed to just die and rot in the ground. Bush senior, Bush H and Bush G will all tot in the ground and then on to the judgement seat. Bush, Cheney and that kaball for murdering 3000 plus people to advance the middle east war and serve Bush's purpose of wealth and fortune. Now we sit and wait while Clintons slowly die and the Obamas slowly die and fade away. They should have all been executed for high crimes and misdemeanors, but they will be allowed to suffer their old age and die, perhaps painfully, perhaps painfully slowly, but one thing is certain they will all die and by attrititon we will have a clean slate to work iwith.

  22. The Farce of a funeral for a TRAITOR.. who by the way was executed by our Gov. for his crimes of treason and many other crimes against humanity for a plea deal such as this that you are watching. Q predicted his execution "Death" to the hour and minute. People on Kimo don't just die after the stop the treatment overnight common ?? WWG1WGA beautiful days are ahead Thank God

  23. You can never know or understand a person ( public figure) by people’s comments, you have to research it out yourself and even then you have to remember that we all have faults and failures.

  24. A lot of anger in his daughters words. Resentment and a lack of humility did not come hard for her. She could never live up to the person she is eulogizing. I can understand what it is to lose a parent cause I have. The pain does not give us permission to be angry at others. Things change like the wind. Prayers for you Megan.

  25. What a disgrace Megans eulogy was. A funeral is NOT the time to be olitcial NOR is it the time to slam the current President whether you like him or not. Shame on you Megan and shame on John himself for opening the door to this circus by not inviting President Trump. John should have had more class than that and Megan should have as well

  26. Hallie Jackson is rude and obnoxious! She said no one wants to hear the name "Donald Trump" while the skank says Donald Trump! Hallie the skank is the one who brought him up!!! These people are pure trouble makers and haters! And btw, No Name had a pathetic funeral! Few people liked him!

  27. John McCain was not a President! He could never be President no matter how many times he ran because no one liked him! Notice that there is no "Hail to the Chief"! That is because he is NOT A PRESIDENT! Meghan McCain embarrassed herself. People are looking down, even her brothers can't stand to watch. What a psycho!

  28. I wish the true Manchurian Candidate, John McCain, had died when he was born so he could not have been brainwashed by the communist Chinese and Soviets, to destroy the United States. He did quite a lot of damage as he was programmed to do. His girlfriend, Barrack Obama, just is a horribly hateful man who also wants to destroy the USA.

  29. 1:53:56 She's Angry because of the "Treason" Military Tribunal, John McCaine was Executed. Including George W Bush Sr. was also Executed for Treason, ( LOOK IT UP ) ..

    Governor John Kashich of Ohio on CNN said he McCaine was executed and CNN didn't even Rebut or ask questions about the statement.

  30. Count 1] We hereby charge JOHN MCCAIN for breaking 18 U.S.C Β§ 2381 twice in respect

    to his criminal actions with BANDAR BIN SULTAN and ISRAEL intelligence.

    MCCAIN openly solicited funds from the disgraced prince, and took bribes

    to assist with the staging of the worst terrorism in fifty years. He

    likewise helped the MADRASSAH and attempted to single out ISRAEL by

    hiding the SAUDI regime’s duplicitous role. MCCAIN also commissioned

    many trades with BRONFMAN SR., H.W. BUSH and PETER MUNK the day before

    the worst terrorist attacks in this nation’s short history. He will thus
    be sentenced for both roles, when it concerns the URANIUM ONE disaster.

    He is charged once for assisting the transport of the URANIUM isotopes.

    And secondly, he is charged for providing the cover for the URANIUM

    being collected and drawn onto the base of each target so both World Trade

    Centers would explode. He knew the wet teams who were going into the inside

    Of the buildings, and had a very good idea of their relationship to PRINCE

    BANDAR BIN SULTAN who donated to his campaign. The penalty of commissioning

    capital treason is death. We order a sentence against JOHN MCCAIN of either

    up to twenty years in Guantanamo Bay or death by firing squad. Listen to the first 5 seconds of this video..Did McCain die or was he put to death?? You be the judge..

  31. What if it was a president and then died during office what would happen just wondering if anybody had answers

  32. Global Elite willl make you expire or disappear as soon as you breach the contract.
    Luke 9:60Β King James Version (KJV)

    60Β Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

    This is life without Jesus Christ, you live in carnality.

  33. He was free due to robert lee arnold jrs birth in 1973 same time georgia state reintroduced the death penalty amen

  34. Farewell to a soldier who fought against the Vietnamese people and lost, but returned to claim victory for the United States of America and despite of everything he shall always be remembered as the Senator from Arizona who always spoke the truth no matter how contradictory it was. I for one love US heroes who never accept defeat even as they lose a war. I salute you, Senator John McCain! Long Live the USA, Long Live Senator John McCain. Long Live Arizona. Long Live … Vic Alexander

  35. JUST WONDER WHY THERE WAS 2 HURSES if you look at the end there is a HURSE followed by the last COP CAR. @ 10:21

  36. I STILL BELIEVE THAT IT WAS VERY WRONG FOR JOHN MCCAIN TO DISRESPECT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE United States regardless of who was in office while MCCAIN was alive he was still serving the PRESIDENT of the USA. I believe that TRUMP had John McCain put to death by Military Tribunal. This is why his family was so angry and why they did not want trump there. WHO TELLS THE PRESIDENT OF THE HIGHEST OFFICE ON EARTH that you cannot come to a service of one of your SENATORS. JUST PURE ROTTEN DISRESPECT. And it doesn't show John McCain so called BI PARTISANSHIP. It puts a STAIN on his life of showing DISRESPECT to the office of the president

  37. WHEN EVER YOU SEE A FLAG ON A COFFIN so wrinkled it's a SIGN OF DISRESPECT. I can promise you that was TRUMP acting behind the SCENES. It was also done to BUSH SR wrinkled flag

  38. WOW READ WHAT HE DID TO HIS FIRST WIFE. Reuniting and divorce[edit]
    McCain and her husband were reunited upon his release from captivity on March 14, 1973.[26] She was now four inches (ten centimeters) shorter, in a wheelchair or on crutches, and substantially heavier than when he had last seen her.[7][23][27] He was also visibly hampered by his injuries and the mistreatment he had endured from the North Vietnamese.[27]
    Following her husband's return from Vietnam, the McCains became frequent guests of honor at dinners hosted by Governor of California Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan,[28] and the two couples became friendly.[2] McCain was the Clay County director for Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign as he sought the Republican Party nomination.[29] Her husband's assignments as executive officer, then commanding officer, of A-7 attack squadron VA-174 at NAS Cecil Field[30] saw the couple leading an active social life.[31] Such engagements included entertaining other naval personnel at their Orange Park home and Ponte Vedra beach house.[31] McCain's marriage, however, began to falter due to her husband's partying away from home and extramarital affairs.[32]
    Her husband's next assignment was to the Senate Liaison Office within the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs.[33] The McCains separated briefly, then reunited.[23] His job was aided by the social life the couple conducted, entertaining Navy, government, and other persons three to four nights a week at their Alexandria, Virginia, home.[34] During this time she worked for Congressman John H. Rousselot.[35] By 1979, the McCains were still living together.[23]
    In April 1979, John McCain began a relationship with Cindy Lou Hensley, an Arizona special education teacher and Hensley & Co. heiress.[23] McCain's husband pushed to end their marriage, and friends described her as being in shock.[23] The McCains stopped cohabitating in January 1980; he filed for divorce in February 1980,[13] which she accepted.[23] When asked by a friend what had gone wrong, she said, "It's just one of those things."[23] The uncontested divorce became official in Fort Walton Beach on April 2, 1980.[36]
    Her ex-husband would later state that he felt the demise of his marriage was due to his "selfishness and immaturity more than it was to Vietnam, and I cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the war. The blame was entirely mine." Regarding her divorce, McCain said, "The breakup of our marriage was not caused by my accident or Vietnam or any of those things. I don't know that it might not have happened if John had never been gone. I attribute it more to John turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again than I do to anything else."[32] John McCain's biographer Robert Timberg wrote, however, "Vietnam did play a part, perhaps not the major part, but more than a walk-on."[37] Ross Perot gave his own assessment of the McCain divorce: "After he came home, he walked with a limp, she [Carol McCain] walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona [Cindy McCain] and the rest is history."[25] McCain's three children were initially upset with their father about the divorce, but later reconciled with him.[23]

  39. WHY WOULD John McCain want TRUMPS daughter and son in law there if he didn't like any of the TRUMPS?????? KIND OF STUPID if you ask me.

  40. And now he's in HE'LL LMFAO good riddancehttps://youtu.be/ihWW0hO4ytI

    News flash once you sell that soul there's no repenting

  41. We feel so horrible that John McCain passed away so we are going to stop by and leave a trumpy bear on his headstone.

  42. НаконСц Ρ‚Π°ΠΊΠΈ Π·Π΄ΠΎΡ… ΠΌΡ€Π°Π·ΡŒ

  43. I'm still glad Obama won the 2008 US presidential election.
    Obama was the vastly better choice for the US economy, environment and social issues over McCain.

  44. This man is also not so human is what his spirituality defines. Many awaited his death and I am one of them. Thank you for leaving this palace of Earth. Heaven is blessed. Care for oneself is a better care than caring for others.

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