Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at National Cathedral in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday to honor U.S. senator John McCain, in a momentous funeral that championed his aspirations of political comity but also rebuked the tribalism and division trafficked by Donald Trump.While Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama offered subtle swipes at the current commander in chief, McCain's daughter Meghan used the words of Trump's campaign slogan to deliver a searing, unmistakable rebuke.As Bush and Obama praised McCain for repeatedly placing country over party or self, the stunning contrast between the unifying ceremony under the neo-Gothic arches of Washington National Cathedral and an outcast Trump only highlighted the astonishing state of U.S. politics.While Bush and Obama hail from different parties, their message Saturday was clear: U.S. politics can and should rise to a higher level with the example set by McCain.While Trump's name was not mentioned during the ceremony, McCain's daughter drew a clear and damning distinction between her father and Trump's combative politics.
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