McCain motorcade departs U.S. Capitol en route to cathedral

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"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great", McCain said at a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

"The best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles, was father", she said, before concluding her speech: "I love you, Dad".

Former President Barack Obama noted during his eulogy: "So much of our politics can seem small and mean and petty". And he only marked McCain's passing on August 25 with traditional presidential actions after he came under fire from the American Legion.

The six-term Republican senator, who lived and worked in the U.S. capital over four decades, is lying in state under the Capitol Rotunda until his funeral service on Saturday.

The former president noted John McCain was a conservative lawmaker, but said, "he did understand that some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party".

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John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared goal. "To the face of those in authority, John would insist, we are better than this".

"We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to fault or failure", she said.

Obama recalled private meetings with McCain at the white House, during which "we never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other man's patriotism". "And I know he'd say the same thing about me".

Meghan McCain opened the service with an impassioned tribute to her father, saying "he was a great man".

President Trump issued a four-word reply Saturday after several speakers at weekend funerals for singer Aretha Franklin and U.S. Sen.

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Mr Trump, meanwhile, left the White House in the presidential motorcade shortly after 10.30am, as the service was underway, headed to his Virginia golf course. But they spoke of reconciling with him during personal moments afterward, and, as Bush said, "the rivalry melted away".

While Bush and Obama hail from different parties, their message Saturday was clear: United States politics can and should rise to a higher level with the example set by John McCain. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today morning at the National Cathedral.

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great", the former Fox News Channel co-host added to a very very warm and loud reception from the bipartisan crowd.

It was a set of values that should serve as a reminder, he said: "If we're ever tempted to forget who we are, to grow tired of our cause, John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: 'We're better than this".

McCain died at the age of 81 last Saturday after stopping treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.

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His procession made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the way to his service, and his wife, Cindy, placed a wreath on the memorial.

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