Former Vice President Joe Biden, 75, gave a heartfelt eulogy for his long-time friend Senator John McCain on Thursday at a private memorial service in Phoenix, Arizona.
From his opening lines, Biden captivated the crowd:
My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat and I love John McCain.
He then went on to extoll the virtues of the late Arizona Republican who died of brain cancer on Saturday at 81, choking back tears at moments and smiling in fond remembrance at others.
See it for yourself:
Commenters on Twitter were moved by Biden’s words:
I nearly cried right along with Biden……not just for what he said about how our country is going downhill, but for the loss of his dear friend.
— BOBB (@bobbicallie) August 30, 2018
I love @JoeBiden ! He’s the voice we all need to hear.
— E=MC2 (@19stryyker) August 30, 2018
And this is what
Senator @SenJohnMcCain wanted, as he himself designed his memorials to be what
HE WANTED said.
— jennah_anne (@jennahannee) August 30, 2018
Watched this a couple of times now and it's such a respectful insightful eulogy. Makes you want to be a better person!
— Faith Campbell-Jones (@FaithCampbellJ1) August 31, 2018
The death of the iconic senator on August 25th deeply affected the country, transcending political differences.
Biden offered the following explaination:
I was thinking this week about why John’s death hit the country so hard. I think it’s because they knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America.
Twitter users were grateful to Biden:
@JoeBiden What am amazing eulogy today. Thank you!
— Jo Ann Nicholas (@nickjojo) August 31, 2018
Thank you Vice President Biden. Unbelievable
Tribute to sen Mccain.
— Ernestine Ford (@ernjack717) August 30, 2018
— adultbevgirl07 (@Adultbevgirl07) August 31, 2018
Wat to say it, Joe Biden! ❤️
— Maggie's Mark (@MaggienelMark) August 31, 2018
Hitting particularly close to home, Biden addressed the disease that took McCain’s life, as well as the life of Biden’s son, Beau, in 2015.
The disease that took John’s life — that took our friend Ted Kennedy’s life, that took my son Beau’s life — is brutal, relentless, unforgiving. It takes so much from those we love, and from the families who love them, that in order to survive we have to remember how they lived, not how they died.
Comedian, actor, singer and satirist Randy Rainbow had this to say:
I would like Joe Biden to give my eulogy to me every night before bed.
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) August 30, 2018
Many found solace in Biden’s reflections on McCain, as a way the country can return from its current state of divisiveness:
Joe Biden's McCain eulogy just explained exactly what needs to be restored if America is to become America again https://t.co/74CVsLLBXi
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 30, 2018
Biden eloquently ended the eulogy with this:
To paraphrase Shakespeare, we shall not see his like again.
The day McCain died, Biden posted this message on his Twitter account:
John McCain was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent.
But, to me, more than anything, John was a friend. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/AS8YsMLw3d
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 26, 2018
RIP Senator John McCain