Bush says friendship with McCain was one of 'life's greatest gifts'

Former President George W Bush gave a moving eulogy to Arizona Senator John McCain, where he described their friendship as 'one of life's greatest gifts'

Former President George W Bush gave a moving eulogy to Arizona Senator John McCain, where he described their friendship as 'one of life's greatest gifts'

Former President George W Bush remembered his friend John McCain in a moving tribute to both the man's service to the country, and his service as a friend to all.

Addressing the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, Bush spoke about McCain's military history and his great work as a senator, and his lasting legacy.  

'A man who seldom rested is laid to rest, and his absence is tangible, like the silence after a mighty roar,' he said.

'The thing about John's life was the amazing sweep of it. From a tiny prison cell to the floor of the US Senate. From trouble-making plebe to Presidential candidate. 

'In one life was written the courage and greatness of our country.'

The pair became friends after the race for the 2000 Presidential nomination. 

During the race, horrible smear campaigns aimed at McCain's children and family, launched while the Arizona man was topping the polls, took him out of the running for the top job, and it's been reported the rumors left him in 'a dark place'.

Bush said McCain's life was a reflection of 'the courage and greatness of our country' during his speech at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning

Bush said McCain's life was a reflection of 'the courage and greatness of our country' during his speech at the Washington

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