President Barack Obama issued a heartfelt statement of condolence on Sen. John McCain’s death from brain cancer: “Few of us have been tested the way John has.”
President Obama’s full statement on John McCain’s death: “John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed.We saw our political battles, even as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible — and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.”
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”
Presidents Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral. Donald Trump is not welcomed.
Twitter completely eviscerated Sen. Lindsey Graham after he tweeted that he lost a very dear friend.
More reaction from Twitter:
John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 26, 2018
John McCain was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent.
But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/AS8YsMLw3d
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 26, 2018
"Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] Full statement by President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day. https://t.co/946T7PnG53
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 26, 2018
I have not know anyone with greater courage, stronger convictions or more devotion to country than John McCain. He is irreplaceable, but his legacy will live wherever democracy is defended, human rights are protected, and U.S. leadership is exerted in defense of universal values. pic.twitter.com/exnWGImiHQ
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) August 26, 2018
JUST IN: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter on Sen. McCain: "John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word… for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate." https://t.co/3ZmZHQsHuw pic.twitter.com/ceqLepx4cD
— ABC News (@ABC) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was a warrior for peace. He will be deeply missed by people all around the world.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) August 26, 2018
Senator McCain was a great patriot and a man of integrity and honor. We need more leaders like him. https://t.co/9sbdvDiCIu
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) August 26, 2018