Barack Obama and George W. Bush asked to deliver eulogies at John McCain's funeral

Rodolfo Vieira
Aug 26, 2018
01:16 P.M.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were requested to deliver eulogies at John McCain's funeral service.


Senator McCain passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at his home in Arizona after a hard battle with brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with back in 2017.

According to CBS News, Obama and Bush were asked to be present to honor the late politician's memory in front of his family and friends.

Joe Biden, the former Vice President of the U.S., is also expected to deliver a speech at a separate service, and, out of all the people in politics, there was one that McCain didn't wish to see at the ceremony: Donald Trump.

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According to The New York Times, McCain didn't want the current President of the U.S. to attend his funeral due to the bad blood between them.

So far, no new details regarding the funeral services have been confirmed, but it was in McCain's wishes to have the ceremony at the Naval Academy.


In September 2017, during a conversation with Lesley Stahl on "60 minutes," the Senator revealed that he wanted the funeral service to be special and for people to recognize the importance the institution had to him.

"I want-- I want-- when I leave, that the ceremony is at the Naval Academy. And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country.'"


John McCain, 60 Minutes, September 2017


A few hours after McCain lost the battle to cancer, Obama took to his Facebook account to pay tribute to the man that he defeated in the 2008 presidential race.

Although they had their differences, both wished to serve their country the best they could, and McCain demonstrated his respect for Obama when he stood up for him after a woman said that he couldn't be trusted because he was 'an Arab.'

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