Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a deeply personal eulogy for his friend John McCain on Thursday.
Speaking at McCain’s funeral in Phoenix, Biden captured the imagination of the crowd from his opening line: “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat and I love John McCain.”
Other speakers at the funeral included Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr., who had developed what he called an “unlikely” friendship with the senator, family friend Tommy Espinoza, and Grant Woods, a friend and a former attorney general of Arizona.
Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Biden’s speech, however, stood out. Drawing on the tragedies suffered in his own life — the deaths of his first wife and daughter in a car accident in 1972, and his son Beau from cancer in 2015 — Biden offered consolation to McCain’s family, calling his absence “all-consuming.”
“I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of John’s death,” Biden said.
But the bulk of Biden’s remarks reflected on a friendship that “transcended” political differences.
“I trusted John McCain with my life,” Biden said, later adding, “Whenever I was in trouble, John was the first guy there.”