Obama, Bush surprised by McCain eulogy requests: report

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Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were reportedly surprised when late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked them to deliver eulogies at his funeral earlier this year, CNN reports.

Bush and Obama both faced the late senator in brutal presidential races in the 2000 primary and 2008 general, respectively.

Their roles in McCain’s upcoming funeral are considered a call for civility and bipartisanship in politics.

McCain called each former president this past spring and asked them to participate, according to CNN.

One person who will not be in attendance at the funeral is President Trump, with whom McCain had a strained relationship.

McCain was a frequent critic of White House policies, particularly on foreign relations.

Trump personally attacked the late senator during his campaign, saying he was not a war hero since he had been captured in Vietnam.

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