John McCain is getting a sendoff fit for a president, with former presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities attending his service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning.
Former presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator, at his request. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked for over 40 years, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. He died Aug. 25 at age 81.
McCain’s procession on Saturday morning and was set to come near the White House as it traveled from the U.S. Capitol, where the casket had been lying in state overnight, to the cathedral. It stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, placed a wreath.
Former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton take their places in the pew at the National Cathedral.
Former Secretary of State and Sen. John Kerry arrive.
Former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton greet each other.
Former presidential candidate and congressman Bob Dole arriving to celebrate his friend’s life.
Former New York City mayor, presidential candidate and President Trump’s legal counsel Rudy Giuliani.
The former secretary of state greets national security adviser John Bolton.
Actors Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive at the National Cathedral.
Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno arriving at the funeral.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, also attended.
McCain often asked the polarized nation to recognize the humanity even in bitter political opponents. McCain’s request for speeches by the former presidents seems to echo that ideal.
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