Tributes pour in from across the political aisle for John McCain
US senator John McCain passes away at the age of 81 years, a day after his family said he was being taken off treatment for cancer
The entire political world is paying tribute to late US Senator John McCain who passed away at the age of 81 years on Saturday. Numerous messages of tribute and grief have been pouring for the Republican senator who was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer of 2017.
President Donald Trump tweeted, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" while first lady Melania Trump shared, "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you, Senator McCain, for your service to the nation".
Vice President Mike Pence also took to social media to share, "Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life. His family and friends will be in our prayers. God bless John McCain".
Former president of the United States Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama also shared their condolences and wrote in a statement, "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," they continued.
"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," they concluded.
Former president George W. Bush said, "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. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain".
The 39th president of the United States Jimmy Carter also expressed his grief and tribute and shared, "John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate. Rosalynn and I extend our sincere condolences to Senator McCain's family and to the people of Arizona whom he represented so forthrightly for so many years".
"Senator 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. He was a skilled, tough politician, as well as a trusted colleague alongside whom Hillary was honored to serve in the Senate," wrote Bill and Hillary Clinton.
"He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do. I will always be especially grateful for his leadership in our successful efforts to normalize relations with Vietnam. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Cindy, his mother, Roberta, his children, and his entire family," they continued.
Senator #JohnMcCain was a #hero & #patriot who served his nation.He was a statesman who worked for the people of #Arizona for over 30yrs. Most importantly,he was family man-devoted husband & loving father to his children. My thoughts are with his family @cindymccain @MeghanMcCain pic.twitter.com/DwN1kKUESJ— Helina✞ (@helinazewdu) 26 August 2018
Former senator Joe Lieberman added, "Although it was clear that John McCain's life was ending, his death today hurts. America has lost one of the greatest patriots and public servants in our history. And I have lost a dear friend".
"I was lucky to know him and work with him and am comforted now by great memories of our times together and by the words he spoke to me last summer when he was recovering from the brain cancer surgery: 'I want to live as long as I can but if my life ends soon as a result of this cancer, I will have been blessed to have lived a great life. So I am going to go forward with a lot of gratitude and joy every day I can.' Hadassah and I send our love and prayers to Cindy and the entire McCain family," he continued.