Yesterday we reported that President Donald Trump will not be invited to attend the funeral for American Hero John McCain, whenever it might occur. (The Arizona Republican Senator has brain cancer and his health is worsening every day.)
The same thing happened recently when former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away, and the sitting president was not invited to attend her funeral either.
Such snubs show the low esteem in which our current president is held by our country’s most prominent politicians, even those from his own party.
Now there are some new developments concerning Senator McCain and they make the story even more interesting.
Yesterday afternoon NBC News reported that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been invited to not only attend but also to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral.
McCain’s funeral will take place at the Washington National Cathedral and Vice President Pence will attend, but not speak.
According to NBC, McCain was recently quoted as saying that he doesn’t “know how much longer I’ll be here.”
In his memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” McCain rebukes the president, questioning his abilities as a leader and criticizing him for his attacks on refugees and the press.
“I’m not sure what to make of President Trump’s convictions,” he wrote in the soon-to-be-released book.
The New York Times also ran a story yesterday reporting that the Vietnam War hero, who received the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, regretted his choice of running mate. In the book he wrote he that he wished he had selected former Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut instead.
After he won the 2008 GOP nomination it was widely reported that McCain wanted to ask Liberman to join him on the ticket, because he was his closest friend in the U.S. Senate. His advisers reportedly had warned against choosing Lieberman, thinking that the Connecticut senator’s liberal views on abortion rights would divide Republicans and cause him to lose votes.
“It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” he wrote. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”
In an HBO documentary, McCain also said that not choosing Lieberman was “another mistake” that he made in his political career.
Lieberman told the Times that he didn’t know McCain felt that way. “It touched me greatly,” he said of the film.
Senator McCain’s book is scheduled to be released on May 22nd.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.