Live coverage of John McCain’s service in Washington (10 a.m. ET)

NBC News is livestreaming on YouTube the memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral. The cortege stopped at the Vietnam Memorial so Cindy McCain could lay a wreath—a poignant moment (go to 45 minutes in the feed).

You can see the service livestreamed below; the service starts in about 10 minutes, and features as speakers both George W. Bush and Barack Obama: a show of bipartisanship arranged by McCain himself before he died.

Say what you will about McCain—and I’ve had readers who say he should be demonized rather than eulogized—you have to hand it to him for explicitly refusing to invite Donald Trump to both of his memorial services. (Sarah Palin wasn’t invited either).

CNN reports this:

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Meghan McCain, one of the late senator’s daughters, are also on the list of those slated to speak at Saturday’s memorial service.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered an emotional eulogy for McCain at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, will serve as a pallbearer on Saturday.

Actor Warren Beatty, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and former chief of staff to McCain Mark Salter will also serve as pallbearers, among others.

Here’s a screenshot of Barack and Michelle Obama before the service began. The ex-President looks very somber:

Watch the service here:


  1. David Evans
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    You could argue that not inviting Trump was doing him a favour. Imagine the comparison between him and Obama, if he had spoken!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Old fashion of course but it is all over television as well.

  3. Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Meghan McCain’s eulogy is heartbreaking.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      It was.

      Donald Trump, however, likes daughters who don’t lose their fathers to glioblastoma, ok?

      • Tom R
        Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

        Two things wrong with that – 1. Trump could never pronounce let alone spell glioblastoma and 2. you could have just put a period after “likes daughters”

  4. Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    One theme of the service is that they will bury McCain after they have finished burying Trump.

    ‘We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing — not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.’

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Trump’s has just started tweeting for the day. Only a whine about NAFTA so far.

    • Mark R.
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      That’s all he ever does is whine. I like Bill Maher’s nickname for him: whiny little bitch. That’s about right.

  6. David Coxill
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I bet the snatch snatcher is watching it with the sound down and chucking empty big mac boxes and coke tins at the screen .

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      He’s just treking by motorcade to “his” golf course in Virginia – despite heavy rains in the area Friday night. He did 11 tweets this morning, but I can see only two.

      • David Coxill
        Posted September 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

        How did the wackaloons take the news that he wasn’t invited ?

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

          I don’t know – it’s not new news & they seem more obsessed by saying he’ll not get into heaven, colluded with terrorists, Obama’s a Kenyan, grateful McCain died long, slow & painful & McCain caused the deaths on the USS Forrestal [CV-59]. That’s going by the toxic reader’s comments below any McCain-related article in the UK edition of Breitbart.

          The Trumpsters who trouble to make comments seem to have nothing good to say about McCain & they hold to a long list of deluded revisions of history.

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Amazing Grace [USNA Glee Club] with bagpipes: Musically bad, but woke up the congregation!

  8. Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Die-hard Trump supporters viewing this will say McCain lived as a RINO and died as a RINO.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Actor Warren Beatty … will also serve as [a] pallbearer[] …

    Good to see Senator Jay Billington Bullworth back out in the public arena.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    It is impossible to see the carefully chosen words of W and Obama and the other eulogists as other than a stinging rebuke of Trump and Trumpism.

    But it would have been impossible for them to have done otherwise and still to have given an accurate account of this man McCain, and of the values of the Republic for which he fought and served.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Please post a 2nd version of your comment Ken – crayons on the way

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    What’s the deal with Renée Fleming — does the woman never age? She looks and sounds as good as she did 30 years ago. Must be a rough-lookin’ portrait of her hanging in a locked room somewhere.

  12. Susan H Baker
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    This was a lovely service at the Washington National Cathedral, and lovely tribute to Sen. McCain.

    I must say that the snarky comment by the commentator that “The President [Mr. Trump] was out golfing during the service …” is just nasty and disgusting, as Mr. Trump was ASKED NOT TO COME TO THE SERVICE.

    Mr. McCain was eulogized throughout the service as one who was bi-partisan. Could commentator not have followed with that spirit?

    Oh, right; no.

    • Derec Avery
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      “I must say that the snarky comment by the commentator that “The President [Mr. Trump] was out golfing during the service …” is just nasty and disgusting, as Mr. Trump was ASKED NOT TO COME TO THE SERVICE. ”

      Well, any excuse to rag on Pres. Trump. Just like that whole manufactured controversy about the White House flag. It’s disgusting.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, Fake News! The truth isn’t the truth, as the Prez’s PR guy Rudy G says. The flag wasn’t raised to full staff last Monday morning. (And the American Legion and VFW and other veterans’ groups didn’t raise a stink about Trump dishonoring the memory of John McCain.) All those pictures and videos of it were a hoax, just like the moon landing.

    • BJ
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      He was bipartisan. He gladly worked with people who disagreed with him, but wgo respected and wanted to improve our nation. That’s why he hated and did not work with Trump.

      The definition of bipartisan is not “will work with anyone, no matter how narcissistic, self-serving, and disinterested in the country’s welfare.”

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, McCain sponsored bipartisan bills, and he had friends on both sides of the aisle. But McCain was every bit the contentious partisan, willing to go to the wall for causes and issues he believed in.

        And McCain was plain spoken about the people and causes he despised, often employing a snarky sense of humor to make his points. That included calling out the half-baked, spurious white nationalism that has infected the Party of the only living US president who dare not show face at McCain’s funeral.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    That good people sometimes die young and the worthy frequently fail, while Henry Kissinger gets fêted into his nineties and has yet to be charged with a war crime, is all the proof I’ll ever need that there is no God — or natural justice — in the universe.

  14. Jon Gallant
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Those invited and those not invited to the McCain Memorial are significant. Those invited include former Senator Joe Lieberman, whom Senator McCain reportedly wanted as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. Sarah Palin, whom the GOP persuaded McCain to accept as the vice-presidential nominee, was not invited. One of the pall-bearers named by McCain was Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Cambridge-educated campaigner for human rights and the rule of law in Russia. Mr. Kara-Murza, an associate of the late Boris Nemtsov, has survived two apparent poisoning attempts in his home country.

  15. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John McCain: TRANSCRIPT HERE
    The best part of the day.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      “what better way to get a last laugh than to make George [Bush] and I say nice things about him to a national audience.”

      That’s pure Obama. 😉


      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 1, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Permalink


  16. Posted September 1, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    It took this guys death to show there is something sane and forgiving lurking inside American politics…
    and i would say quite a lot of Americans and indeed, non Americans needed it.
    Apart from religious references i quite liked the normalising relations with Viet Nam part, this told me enough of what sort of person McCain was.

  17. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Just to check – wasn’t this a guy who dropped bombs on a third-world country to try to force their government to kow tow to a first world country after kicking out their unjust colonial overlords? Now, I’m sure he did the bombing fairly well – getting shot down being a part of the game – but willingly bombing the shit out of a weaker group of humans doesn’t normally score highly on the “good guy” side of the scales.
    That said, I’m sure that POTUS45 will come up with many things worse while the 42nd (? – the one about only 2 Presidential terms/person) Amendment is still in effect. And far worse once he’s nullified the 42nd.

  18. YF
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely assembly of neocons, de-regulators, and war criminals in a national house of Christian worship. Sorry, just a bit cynical these days..

  19. Posted September 4, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I’m one of those people who think that this sort of guy should be *both* eulogized and demonized. Let his friends from whatever political party praise him and honour his memory. I’d grant that right even to Stalinists and Nazis. But the rest of us do not have to play along. (I do wonder about the public cost, however.)

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