Roberta McCain will be at both the late senator’s funeral Saturday in Washington, D.C., where she now lives, and then at his burial just outside the city when he is laid at rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mrs. McCain was “doing well, we’re told,” said NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, who confirmed the senator’s mom would attend the East Coast services even though she did not attend a memorial service Wednesday for her son at the Arizona State Capitol.
John McCain, Arizona’s senior Republican congressman and a two-time presidential candidate, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 81.
.@KellyO: Roberta McCain, his mother, 106 years old, is doing well, we’re told. She lives back east and will not be here today, but will be part of the services in Washington, D.C. And at the U.S. Naval academy. I’m sure she’s watching all of this closely. #AMR
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 29, 2018
No matter how old he got, the senator was always called “Johnny” by his mother, she once admitted.
“I should call him John,” Roberta McCain said in C-SPAN interview during her son’s 2008 presidential campaign, where she was a regular presence.
In the same interview, she recalled reading an article about the brutal treatment her son received while held five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. She said after reading that her son shouted expletives at his captors, she picked up the phone to call him.
“Johnny,” she said. “I’m going to come over there and wash your mouth out with soap.”
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