Former presidents, first ladies, and celebrities turn out to celebrate the life of John McCain

Tanya Edwards

John McCain is getting a sendoff fit for a president, with former presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities attending his service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning.

Former presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, are speaking about the six-term senator, at his request. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked for over 40 years, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. He died Aug. 25 at age 81.

Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, and former Vice President Al Gore (Photo: Getty Images)

McCain’s procession on Saturday morning and was set to come near the White House as it traveled from the U.S. Capitol, where the casket had been lying in state overnight, to the cathedral. It stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, placed a wreath.

Meghan McCain and Cindy McCain (Photo: Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton take their places in the pew at the National Cathedral.

Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Secretary of State and Sen. John Kerry arrive.

John Kerry (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton greet each other.

Al Gore and Bill Clinton (Photo: Getty Images)

Former presidential candidate and congressman Bob Dole arriving to celebrate his friend’s life.

Bob Dole (Photo: Getty Images)

Former New York City mayor, presidential candidate and President Trump’s legal counsel Rudy Giuliani.

Rudy Giuliani (Photo: Getty Images)

The former secretary of state greets national security adviser John Bolton.

Hillary Clinton and John Bolton (Photo: Getty Images)

Actors Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive at the National Cathedral.

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty (Photo: Getty Images)

Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno arriving at the funeral.

Jay Leno (Photo: Getty Images)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, also attended.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos (Photo: Getty Images)

McCain often asked the polarized nation to recognize the humanity even in bitter political opponents. McCain’s request for speeches by the former presidents seems to echo that ideal. 

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