Obama eulogises McCain

By Staff Reporter
Barack Obama says his political battles with Senator John McCain were an opportunity and privilege for both of them to serve as good stewards to the people of the United States of America.
In a eulogy to the man he contested against during the 2008 presidential elections and ultimately defeated, Obama said few U.S had been tested the way McCain was in his life.
“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed,” Obama said. “We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.”
He urged people to demonstrate courage by putting the good of the people before their own.
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own,” said Obama. “At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”
McCain, a senior Republican, died on Sunday days after ordering his medical team to discontinue a life-saving cancer treatment.