Washington gathered to say goodbye to Senator John McCain on Saturday, with several notables attending his memorial service at the National Cathedral.
The big picture: This is a rare moment in the nation's capital when people from all political ideologies join together, paying their respects to a giant of the Senate.
The latest: Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered eulogies.
- Bush: "Back in the day, he could frustrate me, and I know he’d say the same thing about me. But he also made me better."
- Obama: "For all our difference, for all the items we sparred, I never tried to hide – and I think John came to understand – the long standing admiration that I had for him.”
McCain's daughter Meghan spoke at the service, saying: "I am here before you today saying the words I have never wanted to say, giving the speech I have never wanted to give, feeling loss I have never wanted to feel. My father is gone."
Those invited to the service, according to CNN:
- Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
- Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Senate and House Minority Leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
- A number of foreign ministers, including those from Saudi Arabia, Estonia, Lithuania, and more.
- Several former prisoners of war.
Nearby at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, McCain's wife Cindy laid a wreath in honor of those lost during the war, flanked by White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
What they're saying:
- Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH): "I was glad to be with my fellow Senators at the National Cathedral to honor and celebrate John McCain’s life and legacy. John certainly made a deep impact on me – like he did so many others across the world."
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): "Beautiful rendition of Oh Danny Boy at @SenJohnMcCain funeral. A powerful remembrance of an American hero, who fought & bled for our Nation. The remarks by @MeghanMcCain were particularly powerful, showing a daughter’s love for her father. May he Rest In Peace."
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): "It has been a privilege to call John my friend. His legacy looms large in the U.S. Senate, around the country, & across the world."
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): "Our country is full of heavy hearts today as we say goodbye to John McCain. We share a profound sense of gratitude for the life John lived, and the legacy of service and unwavering commitment he’s left us to cherish."
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
One sweet thing:
Go deeper: Photos inside the National Cathedral