Family, dignitaries eulogize McCain at funeral

I am here before you today saying the words I have never wanted to say giving this speech I have never wanted to give feeling the loss I have never wanted to feel my father is gone edible always recognizing that is a bonus we’re still Patriots in human beings he left Freedom with the passion of a man who knew its absence he respected that dignity inherit and every life I can see that does not stop at Borders and cannot be erased by dictators perhaps above all John to tested the abuse-of-power could not abide bigots and swaggering despotes it was deep inside him that made him stand up for the little guy just be forgotten people in forgotten places I never saw John treat anyone differently because of their race or religion or gender and I’m certain that in those moments would have been referred to during the campaign he saw himself as defending America’s character not just mine to which she devoted his life was America not so much the country defined by its borders but the America of our founding values Freedom human rights opportunity democracy and equal justice under law John has bestowed on us a much-needed moment of unity and a face indefatigability of America remarkably his death seems to have reminded the American people whose values are what makes us a great nation we got the real thing not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice she gave so willingly nor the opportunist appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege file he suffered and served America does not boast because she has no need to the America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great moments before my last debate ever with Senator John Kerry in Phoenix I was trying to gather some thought the holding room I felt the presence open my eyes and 6 inches from my face with McCain who yelled relax relax is JFK understood as Ronald Reagan understood that part of what makes our country great is that our membership is based not on our blood one look like what are last name sorry not based on where our parents or grandparents came from or how recently they arrived but on adherence to a common Creed that all of us are created e
Past presidents, dignitaries, friends and family gathered at Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 1 to honor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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