John McCain's daughter, frequently fighting back tears, framed her remarks around what and who her father loved, including his family, friends, and most of all, country.
On Sunday, a private memorial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.
"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, tracking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage", Mr Obama said in another not-so-veiled nod to Mr Trump. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington.
Senator McCain and President Trump had battled on the Senate floor on and off since the former Apprentice star and real estate mogul took office in 2017.
McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies", while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy. "To the face of those in authority, John would insist, 'We are better than this". "My father was a great man", she said. "He was honest, no matter who it offended ― presidents were not spared", he said, drawing laughs. "And I know he'd say the same thing about me".
Dressed in a white polo shirt and baseball hat, Trump left the White House in the morning as the late senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, delivered an emotional address that served as a direct rebuke of Trump and his policies.
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McCain also discussed the lessons from her father's suffering.
Inside the cathedral, guests included former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, comedian Jay Leno, former Senator Bob Dole and others joined together to honour McCain while a powerful pipe organ and brass ensemble played in the background.
McCain died at the age of 81 last Saturday after stopping treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
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 USA politics.
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Along the way the procession stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife, Cindy, placed a wreath.
"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness", McCain began.