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President Obama Shades Trump in John McCain Eulogy

President Obama Shades Trump in John McCain Eulogy

President Obama Shades Trump in Eulogy for John McCain
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McCain's daughter Meghan also took a swipe at the president.

Sen. John McCain, who died last weekend, was laid to rest at Washington National Cathedral this Saturday. Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were both asked to give eulogies, and McCain's daughter Meghan also paid tribute to her late father.

Related | Senator John McCain Has Died at 81

While many members of Trump's administration were in attendance -- Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John Kelly, John Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani -- McCain's family had made it clear earlier this year that the president would not be welcome at the funeral. With Trump absent, both Meghan McCain and President Obama were able to throw some expert shade in their eulogies.

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing. Not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served," Meghan McCain said, later adding, "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great."

Later in the service, Obama said, "So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage. It's a politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact, is born of fear."

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