McCain had told friends earlier this year that he didn't want Trump at his funeral ceremonies, and the president was not scheduled to attend any of the Washington-area services. "I'm a Democrat. And I love John McCain", Biden said, in an opening quip that captured the tone of the service. "And John McCain served his country honorably". They'd talk about family, politics and global relations.
Beyond that, however, Biden distilled the essence of McCain and his model of optimism.
Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a eulogy for his longtime friend Sen.
"It wasn't about politics with John", Biden said.
While several social media users suggested that Meghan McCain was glaring mainly because Pence mentioned Trump in his speech, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went into further detail, writing that the senator's daughter might have been specifically reacting to Pence being a "spineless" representative of the president, who has yet to publicly condemn his controversial statements and actions.
"John is going to take his rightful place in a long line of extraordinary leaders in this nation's history, who in their own way stood for freedom and liberty", Biden said.
McCain died of brain cancer Saturday at 81.
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Hitting particularly close to home, Biden addressed the disease that took McCain's life, as well as the life of Biden's son, Beau, in 2015.
"We gather here today to honor an American patriot, who served a cause greater than himself, and we gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered".
He says McCain embodied basic values including fairness, honesty and respect.
The service unfolded at North Baptist Church after a motorcade bearing McCain's body made its way from the state Capitol past Arizonans waving American flags and campaign-style signs for the lawmaker. "The intolerance for the abuse of power".
"John McCain's impact on America is not over", Biden said.
The former Vice President noted that many people have asked him to explain McCain, because he admired him, but also viewed him as though "he came from another age, lived by a different code, an ancient, antiquated code where honor, courage, integrity, duty, were alive", Biden said. Biden said they "were optimists" and spoke about everything except his family's recent deaths and McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Biden appeared to hold back tears as he concluded his speech by borrowing a quote from "Hamlet": "To paraphrase Shakespeare, we shall not see his like again".