A day after a nationally televised memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral brought together a remarkable gathering of luminaries from both parties - including three former presidents, but not the current one - Sunday's ceremony was designed more as a family affair, including the military family to which McCain proudly belonged.
As Bush and Obama praised McCain for repeatedly placing country over party or self, the stunning contrast between the unifying ceremony under the neo-Gothic arches of Washington National Cathedral and an outcast Trump only highlighted the astonishing state of U.S. politics. Then, it rose in anger.
The audience of Washington power players erupted in applause. "Look, I'm sure they had final approval of everything, if they had it their way - as was evident in the tone of the funeral - they probably would rather not have had anyone from the Trump family present". McCain eventually endorsed the future president.
We all know Trump lacks the nuanced pageantry of the elite lawmakers and power brokers who gathered to mourn the late Arizona senator. In his stead, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended.
Obama explained, "Trafficking in bombastic manufactured outrage, it's politics that pretends to be courageous and tough, but in fact is born of fear".
"It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough but in fact is born of fear". Bush operatives also, according to a lengthy article in Vanity Fair, spread rumors that Cindy McCain was addicted to painkillers, and that John McCain visited prostitutes and was mentally unstable as a result of his time in a prisoner of war camp. "He called on us to be better than that".
Sam Smith, 71, a retired federal employee, and his wife Joan, 76, who said she met McCain once at a campaign event in Arizona, lamented the loss of McCain's grit, honesty, personality and "everything he did for this country", they said. He said they would in later years recall their political battles like former football players remembering the big game.
If that scenario really happens, one can probably expect even more volatility and confrontation not only in USA politics, but also in global diplomacy in the coming days as well.
"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great", she said. Picture: Reuters Among the mourners were George W Bush, Al Gore, Barack and Michelle Obama, former US President Bill and Hillary Clinton. Her father, who had served in the Vietnam war and ended up as a POW, had held a position in politics since 1983.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had no problem repeating the praise of McCain as "an American patriot", and noted that his lifetime of public service and sacrifice to his country were "an inspiration to millions".