In the wake of John McCain’s death, Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked to participate in the late Arizona Senator’s upcoming funeral service.
According to CBS News, McCain, who died in Arizona on Saturday from brain cancer, requested the former presidents to deliver the eulogy at his funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Sept. 1.
For Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election, the senator exemplified the courage to put the “greater good above our own.”
“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,” Obama wrote in a statement. “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.”
Among the many guests expected to attend McCain’s funeral services, there’s one person who reportedly isn’t welcomed — Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports, “Mr. McCain quietly declared before his death that he did not want Mr. Trump to take part in his funeral Trump.”
In commemoration of McCain’s birthday on Aug. 29, the Senator’s body will lie at the Arizona Capital, before transferring to Washington where his body will rest at the U.S. Capitol.